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Talk:Oliphaunts

IMHO, the first two sentences of the introduction don't run smoothly. The first one is plural: Oliphaunts were animals, while the second one is singular: In Middle-earth it was called mûmak. Does somebody have a suggestion to let it run more smoothly? I considered changing 'it' for 'the Oliphaunt', but that would mean that we had three times that name in as many sentences! --Earendilyon 17:13, 19 October 2006 (EDT)

I just make the first sentence singular. Simple enough. --Ted C 17:18, 19 October 2006 (EDT)
Well, yeah, it is. But I figured that is "should" be plural as the article's title is plural also. But I guess this'll work too ;) --Earendilyon 17:22, 19 October 2006 (EDT)
The downside of having an active wiki, edit conflicts :) At the same time I was converting to the plural :) Oh well, the article title is plural so it kind of makes sense to start off plural as well. I know Wikipedia prefers singular but for some reason it just makes more sense to describe the entire group of things instead of just one of them. --Hyarion 17:23, 19 October 2006 (EDT)
But then again, a species of something is normally singular: "Write an essay on the lion or the spider." ;) --Earendilyon 17:26, 19 October 2006 (EDT).