Submitted by sarah2  •  February 11, 2004

Plural usage

When referring to a group of people, as being released in a contract, should it read “Releases” or “Releasees”? My dictionary lists releasee as singular but gives no plural spelling. Having looked under “Releases,” in the dictionary, it does not list it as a plural of “Releasee.” Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Sarah,

I assume your document contrasts "releasee," the one released from the contract, with "releasor," the one releasing. (Do not use "releaser" in this context.) You should simply add the "s" as usual to make either word plural. "Releasees" is correct.

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Ask a solicitor (lawyer). Legalese is a language unto itself.

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