singular "small fry"

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Fri Dec 19 19:19:57 UTC 2008

On Fri, Dec 19, 2008 at 2:03 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at> wrote:
> At 9:42 AM -0800 12/19/08, Arnold Zwicky wrote:
> ... (plus references to
> >french fries, as in "How many calories in a small fry from
> >McDonalds?" , where the reference is to a small order of french fries).
> >
> >arnold
> For me, that last has to be "a small fries", but I suppose that must
> crash some speakers' mental grammar check.

Unless the question actually referred to one small French-fry -- one

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