Intl.PluralRules() constructor

The Intl.PluralRules() constructor creates Intl.PluralRules objects.

Syntax

new Intl.PluralRules([locales[, options]])

Parameters

locales

Optional. A string with a BCP 47 language tag, or an array of such strings. For the general form and interpretation of the locales argument, see the Intl page.

options

Optional. An object with some or all of the following properties:

localeMatcher
The locale matching algorithm to use. Possible values are "lookup" and "best fit"; the default is "best fit". For information about this option, see the Intl page.
type
The type to use. Possible values are:
  • "cardinal" for cardinal numbers (refering to the quantity of things). This is the default value.
  • "ordinal" for ordinal number (refering to the ordering or ranking of things, e.g. "1st", "2nd", "3rd" in English).

The following properties fall into two groups: minimumIntegerDigits, minimumFractionDigits, and maximumFractionDigits in one group, minimumSignificantDigits and maximumSignificantDigits in the other. If at least one property from the second group is defined, then the first group is ignored.

minimumIntegerDigits
The minimum number of integer digits to use. Possible values are from 1 to 21; the default is 1.
minimumFractionDigits
The minimum number of fraction digits to use. Possible values are from 0 to 20; the default for plain number and percent formatting is 0; the default for currency formatting is the number of minor unit digits provided by the ISO 4217 currency code list (2 if the list doesn't provide that information).
maximumFractionDigits
The maximum number of fraction digits to use. Possible values are from 0 to 20; the default for plain number formatting is the larger of minimumFractionDigits and 3; the default for currency formatting is the larger of minimumFractionDigits and the number of minor unit digits provided by the ISO 4217 currency code list (2 if the list doesn't provide that information); the default for percent formatting is the larger of minimumFractionDigits and 0.
minimumSignificantDigits
The minimum number of significant digits to use. Possible values are from 1 to 21; the default is 1.
maximumSignificantDigits
The maximum number of significant digits to use. Possible values are from 1 to 21; the default is 21.

Examples

Basic usage

In basic use without specifying a locale, a formatted string in the default locale and with default options is returned. This is useful to distinguish between singular and plural forms, e.g. "dog" and "dogs".

var pr = new Intl.PluralRules();

pr.select(0);
// → 'other' if in US English locale

pr.select(1); 
// → 'one' if in US English locale

pr.select(2);
// → 'other' if in US English locale

Using options

The results can be customized using the options argument, which has one property called type which you can set to ordinal. This is useful to figure out the ordinal indicator, e.g. "1st", "2nd", "3rd", "4th", "42nd" and so forth.

var pr = new Intl.PluralRules('en-US', { type: 'ordinal' });

pr.select(0);
// → 'other'
pr.select(1);
// → 'one'
pr.select(2);
// → 'two'
pr.select(3);
// → 'few'
pr.select(4);
// → 'other'
pr.select(42);
// → 'two'

Specifications

Specification
ECMAScript Internationalization API (ECMA-402)
The definition of 'Intl.PluralRules() constructor' in that specification.

Browser compatibility

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PluralRules() constructorChrome Full support 63Edge Full support 18Firefox Full support 58IE No support NoOpera Full support 50Safari Full support 13WebView Android Full support 63Chrome Android Full support 63Firefox Android Full support 58Opera Android Full support 46Safari iOS Full support 13Samsung Internet Android Full support 8.0nodejs Full support 13.0.0
Full support 13.0.0
Partial support 10.0.0
Notes
Notes Before version 13.0.0, only the locale data for en-US is available by default. When other locales are specified, the PluralRules instance silently falls back to en-US. To make full ICU (locale) data available for versions prior to 13, see Node.js documentation on the --with-intl option and how to provide the data.

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