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Singular and Plural nouns

Formation of plural nouns

Omar Lizarazo

on 16 August 2017

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Transcript of Singular and Plural nouns

When a noun means
one object only
When a noun means
more than one object
Examples: boy, girl,
book, church, box
Examples: boys, girls,
books, churches, boxes
Rule 1: The plural of nouns is usually formed by adding - s to a singular noun
lamp lamps
cat cats
fork forks
flower flowers
Rule 2: Nouns ending in s, z, x, sh, and ch form the plural by adding - es.
moss mosses
buzz buzzes
box boxes
dish dishes
church churches
Exercise: Write the plural of each of these nouns:

dress brush hex hair farm storm door rock
wish class fox cross
bench bush ax grass
Rule 3: Nouns ending in - y preceded by a consonant is formed into a plural by changing - y to - ies.
Rule 4: Nouns ending in y preceded by a vowel form their plurals by adding - s.
A noun is a word that
names a person, place or thing
Exercise: Write in front of each word
if names a person, place or object:

horse bench park
father friend city
To form a plural noun
there are some rules:
Quick Review
Exercise: Tell if the following nouns are singular or plural

box cats slipper forks books
chair desk houses paper wagon
lamps shoes garden horses dress
dog carts kitchen pony glass

Exercise: Write the plural of the following nouns

chair star pencil girl boy
ax bush coat tree bench
sketch owner touch latch mug
lady ladies
city cities
army armies
boy boys
day days

Exercise: Write the plural of the following words

day toy essay turkey chimney
fly baby pony injury volley
play joy valley alley
lady beauty story history
Rule 5: Most nouns ending in -o preceded by a consonant is formed into a plural by adding es.
hero heroes
potato potatoes
Rule 6: Some nouns ending in f or fe are made plural by changing f or fe to - ves.
beef beeves
wife wives
Exercise: Write the plural of the following words

calf self buffalo hero leaf
sheaf life potato volcano half
loaf shelf half wolf knife
elf thief cargo wife gulf
The following form their plurals by adding - s.

chief, chiefs fife, fifes mischief, mischiefs hoof, hoofs
roof, roofs grief, griefs kerchief, kerchiefs safe, safes
man, men foot, feet mouse, mice
woman, women tooth, teeth louse, lice
child, children ox, oxen goose, geese
Irregular Nouns
The following nouns have no singular:

scissors oats tongs dregs
trousers pinchers bellows snuffers
cattle shears measles mumps
victuals tweezers vespers
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