My reading shows that the plural form of the word genital is genitals.

However, I also find some users use the word genitals and genital interchangeably to represent the singular form of the word.

The word genital was used in the following excerpt:

The court heard that Turner carried out a series of incidents between April and September of 2016 - all of exposure - which led to him being handed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order [SHPO] - banning him from exposing his genital in public, which he again breached, causing him to appear before the court.

The word genitals was used in the following excerpt:

Accused stalker, 21, is charged after 'exposing his genitals to a woman' when she stopped to pat his dog

According to the native English speaker, does the word genitals represent singular form of the word genital?


The accused unfastened his towel, exposing his genital/genitals.

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    The first story has an error. The man was "handed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order [SHPO] - banning him from exposing his genital in public". This should be 'genitals'. The second story uses 'genitals' correctly. Jan 2, 2022 at 15:48
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    Better to copy and paste the text you are interested in, than just a link. Jan 2, 2022 at 15:50
  • Incorrect use of 'excerpt'. Jan 2, 2022 at 15:51
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    I’m voting to close this question because it is predicated on a typographical error. OP already knows (as mentioned in the question) that the proper form of the word is genitals.
    – randomhead
    Jan 2, 2022 at 16:24
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    The OP doesn't know that. They say "My reading shows the plural form of genital is genitals". They don't know the proper form of the word is genitals - that is their question!
    – James K
    Jan 2, 2022 at 16:32

1 Answer 1


"Genitals" is a noun that is always used in the plural form (if you have seen examples where "genital" is used as a singular noun, it is a typo or an error.

There are other nouns that are always plural: "clothes", "earnings", "congratulations", "gallows" as well as the paired items "trousers", "scissors" and so on.

"Genital" can be used as an adjective: meaning "related to the genitals": "Genital area", "genital wart"

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    Sorry, that was also a typo or error!
    – James K
    Jan 2, 2022 at 17:20
  • Thank you james k. i appreciate it. Jan 2, 2022 at 17:30

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