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PLURAL OF NOUNS
Nouns are words that name people, animals and things. Examples: Bob, dog, bed, dogs, or beds.
A singular noun names one person, animal or thing. Examples: Bob, dog or bed.
A plural noun names two or more
persons, animals or things. Examples: dogs or beds.
The plural of a noun is usually formed by
adding "s" to the singular.
dog+ s =
The plural of a noun ending with the sounds
"s", "x", "sh", "ch","zh", "z",
or "j" is usually formed by adding "es",
or "s" if the singular ends with a silent
"e", to the singular.
box + es =
dish + es =
church + es =
mirage + s =
prize + s =
bridge + s =
The plural of a noun ending in "y" is
usually formed by adding "s" if the "y"
follows a vowel (a, e, i, o, u) or changing
"y" to "ies" if the "y" follows a consonant.
- y + "s"
baby - y + ies =
The plural of a noun ending in "o" is usually
formed by adding "s" if the "o" follows
a vowel (a, e, i, o, u) and "es" if the "o"
follows a consonant.
+ "es" = tomatoes
Nouns relating to music may form
tomato + es =
piano + s =
The plural of some nouns ending in "f" or
"fe" is formed by adding an "s".
Other nouns ending in "f"
or "fe" form
giraffe + s =
leaf - f + ves =
knife - fe + ves =
The formation of some plural nouns
does not follow any rules.
EXERCISE 1 EXERCISE 2
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Title: Read and Speak English
(Teaches Reading, Spelling, Pronunciation and Phonics, Vocabulary and Handwriting)
Authors: George N. Balanis, PhD, MBA and Toula Balanis, AA
Publisher: Anotek, Inc.
Circulation: 1 January 2000
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