my favorite Indonesian word is "orangtua" (parent), which is not only gender-neutral but also singular-plural-neutral too. bam, nobody knows whether you come from a single-parent or a five-parent household.
@rum_and_tea that's really cool! are there usually singular-plural distinctions for nouns in Indonesian?
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@abgd Short answer: Yes
Long answer: We don't differentiate plural and singular *words* at all, technically.
But we do differentiate them by "doubling" the word, e.g. anjing = dog, anjing-anjing = dogs. Still, it's not always done -- it depends on technicalities like subject/object relationships.
Other than words like orangtua, those already "doubled" by default don't get doubled again. Though small kids make the mistake of saying kupu-kupu-kupu-kupu (butterflies!!) from time to time.
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