The singular of “dice” is “die”. Who says so?
Dice are small (often wooden or plastic) cubes. Each of the six sides has a different number of dots. Dice are used in board games of chance.
The singular form of dice is die, or at least that’s the traditional view. And it’s what I’d use, too.
one die, two dice, three dice, etc.
Not all authorities agree on this, however. The Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, for instance, says that the singular die is used in the US only, or that it’s old-fashioned.
Well I’m not from the US, so call me old-fashioned – it’s 1 die, not
1 dice. Well at least it is in my book. I think the trend is against me on this one, though.
Interestingly, the Merriam-Webster dictionary states that dices can be used as the plural of the singular dice when the meaning is ‘a small cubical piece of food’. So, according to Merriam-Webster, we’d say two dices of carrot.
Sounds strange to me; I think I’d say two cubes of carrot.
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