Opened 5 years ago

Closed 2 years ago

Last modified 2 years ago

#16723 closed Bug (invalid)

Pluralize filter shouldn't pluralize decimal/float values between 1 and 2

Reported by: rfugger Owned by:
Component: Template system Version: master
Severity: Normal Keywords:
Cc: arv@…, adam@…, Odd_Bloke Triage Stage: Accepted
Has patch: yes Needs documentation: no
Needs tests: no Patch needs improvement: no
Easy pickings: no UI/UX: no


The pluralize filter's support for floating point/decimal numbers is buggy. Its check for plurality is:

if int(value) != 1

which unfortunately catches floats 1.0 < x < 2.0 that shouldn't be pluralized in English.


pound{{ weight|pluralize:"s" }}

When weight is 1.3, this gives "1.3 pound", which is incorrect. "1.3 pounds" is the expected result.

The filter should probably also pluralize 1.0 when it is given as a floating point/decimal number, because native speakers will generally pluralize all decimal numbers. ("One-point-oh hours," not "One-point-oh hour".)


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django-2011-08-29-pluralize-16723.patch (1.2 KB) - added by AdamG 5 years ago.

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Change History (10)

Changed 5 years ago by AdamG

comment:1 Changed 5 years ago by AdamG

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Patch to fix w/ tests attached.

I agree that it would make sense for 1.0 to also be pluralized, however, I didnt make that change in this patch for three reasons:

  • It turns this from a one-line change to something significantly more complex, since we have to treat the strings "1" and "1.0" differently
  • It could break people's existing code, if they don't realize they're passing in a float
  • Where "1.0 pounds" is desired instead of "1 pound"/"1.1 pounds", pluralize wouldn't be needed in the first place, the template would just be:
{{ weight|floatformat:1 }} pounds

With this patch, for "1 pound" & "1.1 pounds", we can do:

{{ weight|floatformat }} pound{{ weight|pluralize }}

This is consistent with the decision made in #12380.

comment:2 Changed 5 years ago by aaugustin

  • Triage Stage changed from Unreviewed to Accepted

The docs say that pluralize "returns a plural suffix if the value is not 1".

It looks like int(value) is only intended to convert a string to an int and pluralize wasn't designed to deal with float values.

An alternative fix could be to change the check to if str(value) != "1". Thus 1.0 will be pluralized and it's still a one-liner.

comment:3 Changed 3 years ago by aaugustin

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comment:4 Changed 3 years ago by aaugustin

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Re-reading the original report and the first comment closely, they actually say that all floats should trigger pluralization, even 1.0.

This makes the pluralize filter unnecessary when used with floats.

comment:5 Changed 2 years ago by Odd_Bloke

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This does cause a problem with DecimalField. If I do:


then this comes out of the ORM as:


which the templating system will display as "1" (rather than "1.0" or another float-y representation). (This is also the case if I pass in the float 1.0.)

Therefore, I can't "hard-code" the pluralised noun, because I might end up with "1 widgets" rather than "1 widget". If I use |pluralize, then I end up with "1 widget" but also "1.2 widget".

I'm happy to be corrected, but it seems to me that this is a valid bug.

comment:6 Changed 2 years ago by aaugustin

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comment:7 Changed 2 years ago by aaugustin

  • Owner aaugustin deleted
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comment:8 Changed 2 years ago by aaugustin

  • Resolution set to invalid
  • Status changed from new to closed

I don't understand the last comment, Decimal('1.0') is handled by the |pluralize filter as a singular value and is displayed as 1 in the template. So everything is correct. I'm going to add a test.

comment:9 Changed 2 years ago by Aymeric Augustin <aymeric.augustin@…>

In 1a01e24331194a8580d9f16b02e02f8403680942:

Tested pluralization of decimals.

Refs #16723.

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