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 “Rules for Making Plurals”




  Learning Zone - Inglés
              Rule # 1
Add an (s) to form the plural of most of
 words.

Examples: book – books
          bug – bugs
          friend- friends
          tutor – tutors
          flower - flowers
               Rule # 2
For words that end in (s, z, x, ch, sh, ss) add
  (es) to form the plural.

Examples: quiz - quizzes
         box - boxes
         church –churches
         bush – bushes
         class – classes
               Rule # 3
If the word ends in a vowel + (y)
[ay, ey, iy, oy, uy] add an (s) to the word.

Examples: tray – trays
          key – keys
          stay – stays
          toy - toys
          buy – buys
               Rule # 4
If the word ends in a consonant + (y) change
   the (y) into (i) and add (es) to form the
   plural.

Examples: enemy – enemies
          cherry – cherries
          baby – babies
          party – parties
          dictionary - dictionaries
               Rule # 5
For words that end in (f), drop the (f) change
  it to (v) & add (es) for the plural. For
  words that end in (fe), change the (f) to (v)
  & ad (es) to form the plural.

Examples: wolf - wolves
          wife - wives
          knife – knives
          self – selves
              Rule # 6

For nouns that end in a consonant + (o) add
  (es) to make the noun plural.

Examples: tomato – tomatoes
          hero - heroes
          potato – potatoes
         volcano - volcanoes
         Irregular Plurals
I. Some nouns change spelling in the plurals.
         Singular           Plural
           child           children
           man               men
         woman             women
           foot              feet
          mouse              mice
          person            people
          goose             geese
        Irregular Plurals
II. Some nouns do not change in plural.
one deer – two deer

      one sheep – three sheep

            one fish – four fish
      Irregular Plurals
c. Some nouns are always plural.
     - scissors
            - pajamas
                  - eyeglasses

     - shorts                    Examples:
            - clothes            1.My pajamas.
                   - plants      2.Susan’s shorts.
                                 3.Lilly likes plants.
                      Practice
Click the word that has the correct plural form.
1. party - parties - partys
2. shoes - shoeses - shoe
3. fox - foxs - foxes
4. gallery - galleries - gallerys
5. weeks - weekes - week
6. bus - buses - buseses
7. elves - elf - elfes
8. leaf - leaves - leafes
9. watches - watch - watchs
10. stereo - stereoses - stereos
11. month - months – monthes
12. witches – witch - witcheses
          Bibliography
   http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/GRAM
    MAR/plurals.htm
              Prepared by:
 Cristabel R. Ocasio Ilarraza
 Nirazette L. González Abella

				
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