14 May 2011


Have a look at this extract from an article on page 13 of the Borneo Bulletin of 13 May 2011. Note how crews is used as a plural noun, where I would use the singular crew.This is a bit like the use of fruits as a plural noun, something I have mentioned before (here). It is also similar to the use of staffs as a plural noun to refer to a number of members of staff. I suspect that these usages will become the norm in World Englishes in the future.

Note also in the extract above the repetition of cruise ship in the first paragraph. I don't think I can have this kind of lexical repetition in my English, and I would have to use a pronoun. But lexical repetition is allowed in Malay, so it is not surprising that it also occurs in the English found in Brunei.