When a post is first created, it says "viewed 1 times" in the sidebar. This should say "viewed 1 time".

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    Greasemonkey if you don't like it.
    – user146787
    Commented Sep 8, 2009 at 18:21
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    so view it more than once Commented Sep 26, 2009 at 5:52
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    Here it now says "asked 1 month ago". It should say "asked 1 months ago". :)
    – b.roth
    Commented Oct 27, 2009 at 9:19
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    This should have been tagged as no-repro for maximum comedic effect.
    – Phoshi
    Commented Oct 27, 2009 at 17:38
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    Shouldn't it be "viewed 1 time's" anyway? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apostrophe#Greengrocers.27_apostrophes Commented Oct 27, 2009 at 23:12
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    I vote we get rid of all plural word forms (or, conversely, all singular forms) in the English language, thereby eliminating a huge amount of busy work for programmers world-wide... while we are at it, let's have everyone switch to English so we don't need to internationalize at all. Commented Nov 30, 2009 at 19:38
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    Ah, yet another [closed-because-I-can't-be-bothered-to-fix-it] bug...
    – Ether
    Commented Mar 28, 2010 at 20:45
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    Why don't you just use a Regex to fix it? Commented May 11, 2010 at 21:56
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    @Software Monkey - according to your own answer, you want everyone to switch to American, not English. Commented Nov 2, 2010 at 11:36
  • @Mark: I didn't stipulate which form of English - I am a Kiwi, who works in the US, so I could go either way. Currently I use the form that works best for my larger audience, which is the US. Commented Nov 15, 2010 at 22:27
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    @Mark: As a side note, this whole attitude of "American" is not "English" is a little bit of BS, and is condescending to Americans - Americans are people too, you know. Besides, their spelling and pronuciation as a whole is far more consistent than ours (where ours includes the UK, AU and NZ, all of which I have extensive first-hand experience with). Commented Nov 15, 2010 at 22:28
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    @Bruno: Now it's saying "1 year ago". Commented Jan 12, 2011 at 11:58
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    I hope this is not on english.stackexchange.com
    – Mob
    Commented Sep 24, 2011 at 20:37
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    If you're not happy with "viewed 1 times", and settle for "viewed 1 time", you've already lost the battle, because it should be "viewed once", obviously. Commented Jun 28, 2012 at 15:42
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    Got to appreciate the fact that the OP is now "deleted". That obviously was not a joke threat.
    – Gnoupi
    Commented Jul 11, 2012 at 9:57

5 Answers 5


You're in luck, as Jeff Atwood has so eloquently put this:

Dear Next Person Who Opens a Pluralization 'Bug', I will personally come to your house and bludgeon you to death with a giant S


Jeff should rewrite Stack Overflow in Ruby on Rails. It has a .pluralize method that can handle this kind of problem.

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    That's one heck of a good reason to throw away everything Jeff accomplished so far using ASP.MVC :P Commented Oct 27, 2009 at 10:29
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    Um...I think it was a joke there, Pops.
    – beska
    Commented Oct 27, 2009 at 13:38
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    I think Pops recognized that - he had an emoticon at the end. Unlike the people who downvoted my answer. Commented Oct 27, 2009 at 23:10
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    Obviously that's a bad approach. The correct approach is to expose the pluralize method as a webservice and call it from the ASP.net MVC code to do the pluralization. That approach is called SOA and highly popular with MBA-type people, so it has to be good! Commented Mar 28, 2010 at 21:41
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    You should totally drop that and try jQuery.
    – DVK
    Commented Sep 8, 2011 at 16:29

Well ... I was busy refactoring the tag wiki page and decided to fix this bug.

For the record:



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    Watch out for giant S's in the near future. I fear for your safety.
    – nhinkle
    Commented Jan 18, 2012 at 5:00
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    While that function seems like a cool idea I'm sure you will regret it when and if you will add localization support =p Commented Jan 18, 2012 at 5:37
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    @Koper amongst another 10,000 things I will regret :)
    – waffles
    Commented Jan 18, 2012 at 5:47
  • @nhinkle It's only for people filing pluralization bugs. People fixing them are probably in the clear.
    – jpmc26
    Commented May 10, 2018 at 9:03

In that case, perhaps it should be:

viewed 1 times [sic]

You could probably write a greasemonkey script to implement it.

  • Was about to point that typo out, but you caught it before I could get the comment off... ;)
    – Twisol
    Commented Sep 7, 2009 at 8:39
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    Yeah, funny how the fingers insisted on typing the right thing, even when the brain was trying to deliberately type the wrong thing...
    – Evan
    Commented Sep 7, 2009 at 23:35
  • Ahahahahahahahahahaha!
    – Pekka
    Commented May 11, 2010 at 21:36
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    You need 2 sic's there now. viewed 1 time [sic][sic]
    – bobobobo
    Commented Sep 10, 2012 at 21:12

Well, between then and now, somebody "fixed" this.

1 time

Although a bit of history is lost because of this, it's actually correct, because in the song "Killing me softly" by The Fugees, Wyclef Jean says "One time, two times" in the chorus. So, we know it is correct.


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