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[–] Disappearanceoftheychromosomer ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) 2 points

Lots of actual Spanish speakers ignore that rule No, we don't, because it would sound silly and unatural. In this case only the singular is used as you correctly stated earlier. When I say it loud in the wrong way in my head it only comes to mind the way english/deutch or people not familiar with the language would say it.

[–] Lipsy #bornnotworn 1 points Edited

That observation is strictly limited to how educated people write. It's deliberately not about how people say stuff out loud.

Despite having the writing style of a 12-year-old meth addict, I'm actually pretty weirdly obsessive about precise word choices. Unless I'm joking or being ironic, I mean every word I write, and I write every word I mean.

At the "educated" extreme of formality, spoken and written versions of "a language" are genuinely 2 distinct languages—i'm not discussing both.

(I'm still referring to the demographic as "native speakers", because that's what they are—there's no such thing as a native writer of anything.
This doesn't imply that I'm talking about spoken Spanish.)

[–] Disappearanceoftheychromosomer ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) 1 points

Oh, then you mind some people would write it in the plural form? I am not following you know, sorry.

[–] Lipsy #bornnotworn 0 points

Yeah, especially my friends who've never done much formal writing. I have one friend that I nicknamed Güeyes because he goes around tossing wrong plurals everywhere.
He sent me a message yesterday that contained both "los Laras" (for a family with paternal surname Lara) and "las gentes" (!!).

It probably matters that I only have a high-school equivalent education and I work with my hands, and most of my friends haven't gone to college (university) either.