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What types of words are made plural by adding "es"
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Christine from Seattle, WA asks...
We are dedicating a plaque for my grandparents and I was curious which is correct and why. In Recognition of Superior Parenthood OR In Recognition of Superior Parenting They are both Prep phrases, and the word Parenthood vs parenting is the issue. Parenthood sounds incorrect, but I can't articulate why. Please help.
Anne answers...
After studying both words in the dictionary, I believe either could be used. Parenthood is a noun that is "the state of being a parent." Parenting is a verb that is "the act of being a parent." This is a subtle difference. I would vote for using parenting, because it seems to honor their actions rather than their position.
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