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The Plural of Nouns

The Plural of Nouns

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THE PLURAL OF NOUNS Most nouns form the plural by adding -s or -es.

Singular Plural boat hat house river boats hats houses rivers

A noun ending in -y preceded by a consonant makes the plural with -ies. Singular Plural a cry a fly a nappy a city a lady a baby cries flies nappies cities ladies babies

a poppy poppies

There are some irregular formations for noun plurals. Some of the most common ones are listed below. Examples of irregular plurals: Singular woman man child tooth foot person leaf half knife wife life Plural women men children teeth feet people leaves halves knives wives lives

Examples: Singular Plural sheep fish species aircraft sheep fish species aircraft .loaf potato cactus focus fungus nucleus syllabus analysis diagnosis oasis thesis crisis phenomenon criterion datum loaves potatoes cacti foci fungi nuclei syllabi/syllabuses analyses diagnoses oases theses crises phenomena criteria data Some nouns have the same form in the singular and the plural.

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