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NAME

       ngettext,  dngettext,  dcngettext - translate message and choose plural
       form

SYNOPSIS

       #include <libintl.h>

       char * ngettext (const char * msgid, const char * msgid_plural,
                        unsigned long int n);
       char * dngettext (const char * domainname,
                         const char * msgid, const char * msgid_plural,
                         unsigned long int n);
       char * dcngettext (const char * domainname,
                          const char * msgid, const char * msgid_plural,
                          unsigned long int n, int category);

DESCRIPTION

       The ngettext, dngettext and dcngettext functions attempt to translate a
       text  string  into  the  user’s  native  language,  by  looking  up the
       appropriate plural form of the translation in a message catalog.

       Plural forms are grammatical variants depending on the a  number.  Some
       languages  have  two forms, called singular and plural. Other languages
       have three forms, called singular, dual  and  plural.  There  are  also
       languages with four forms.

       The ngettext, dngettext and dcngettext functions work like the gettext,
       dgettext and dcgettext  functions,  respectively.   Additionally,  they
       choose  the  appropriate plural form, which depends on the number n and
       the language of the message catalog where the translation was found.

       In the  "C"  locale,  or  if  none  of  the  used  catalogs  contain  a
       translation for msgid, the ngettext, dngettext and dcngettext functions
       return msgid if n == 1, or msgid_plural if n != 1.

RETURN VALUE

       If a translation was found  in  one  of  the  specified  catalogs,  the
       appropriate  plural  form  is  converted  to  the  locale’s codeset and
       returned. The resulting string is statically allocated and must not  be
       modified  or  freed.  Otherwise  msgid  or msgid_plural is returned, as
       described above.

ERRORS

       errno is not modified.

BUGS

       The return type ought to be const char  *,  but  is  char  *  to  avoid
       warnings in C code predating ANSI C.

SEE ALSO

       gettext(3), dgettext(3), dcgettext(3)