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Simple function to add smart apostrophes to the end of a string.
// see if a string ends in 's' and add aprostrophes accordingly
// optionally adds an 's' to the end of a string depending if $count is supplied
function plural($str,$count=null) {
if($count != null) {
if($count == 0 || $count > 1) {
if(substr($str,-1) == 's') {
return $count.' '.$str;
} else {
return $count.' '.$str.'s';
}
} else {
return $count.' '.$str;
}
} else {
if(substr($str,-1) == 's') {
return $str."'";
} else {
return $str."'s";
}
}
}
# determine whether to use 'are' or 'is' in a sentence
function are_is($count) {
if($count > 1) {
return 'are';
} else {
return 'is';
}
}
// usage
$name1 = 'Chris';
$food1 = 'gyro';
$total_food1 = 1;
$name2 = 'Tim';
$food2 = 'beer';
$total_food2 = 20;
echo 'That salad is '.plural($name1).'<br>';
echo 'There '.are_is($total_food1).' '.plural($food1,$total_food1).'<br><br>';
echo 'That pizza is '.plural($name2).'<br>';
echo 'There '.are_is($total_food2).' '.plural($food2,$total_food2).'<br>';
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