Plurals

A noun names a person or thing. Words like apple, dog, team and chair are all nouns. One apple is singular. More than one is plural.

To make most nouns plural, add –s.

apple + s = apples

 

However…..

  • if the noun ends in –s, -ss, -x, -sh or –ch, add –es.

 

bus + es = buses       church + es = churches   glass + es = glasses

 

  • if the noun ends in a consonant + -y, change the –y to ie then add –s

baby – ie + s = babies     family – ie + s = families

 

  • if the noun ends in –f or –fe, change this to –ves.

 

half = halves       life = lives

  • if the noun ends in –o, add –es.

hero + es = heroes     tomato + es = tomatoes

 

* Some plurals do not add ‘-s’ so you will need to learn these.

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/plurals-of-nouns

http://www.howtospell.co.uk/pluralrules.php

http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0886509.html