Pluralisation services in .Net Framework

Starting from .Net Framework version 4.0 developers have available a new service for converting a single word from singular to plural form, or from plural to singular form.

I’m talking about the class PluralizationService contained in namespace System.Data.Entity.Design.PluralizationServices in assembly System.Data.Entity.Design.

it’s very simple to use it:

string plural = System.Data.Entity.Design.PluralizationServices
        .PluralizationService.CreateService(new System.Globalization.CultureInfo("en-US"))
        .Pluralize(singular);
// returns "dresses";

or

string singular = "woman";
string plural = System.Data.Entity.Design.PluralizationServices
         .PluralizationService.CreateService(new System.Globalization.CultureInfo("en-US"))
         .Pluralize(singular);
// returns "women";

I don’t know how reliable a translation service inside a framework can be, but it’s use can be very useful.

Be careful because the only supported culture is “English” (so far). Then if you call the service with another culture, i.e. Italian (it-IT), you end up with a NotImplementedException, as shown here:

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