Plural Rules - Jefferson County Public Schools

Plural Rules - Jefferson County Public Schools

Plural Rules Part One By Brian Carruthers Plural Rule 1 Most words add s to make the plural. one apple two apples desk desks month months book books train trains pen pens name names

shop shops friend friends chair chairs teacher teachers Try these pencil road flower girl plant window door

cake banana shoe Plural Rule 2 Add es to words ending in ch, sh, s, ss, x or z to make the plural. one box many boxes wish wishes

beach beaches cross crosses waltz waltzes bus buses church churches dish dishes loss losses fox foxes bunch bunches Try these quiz

pitch wax class gas glass dress bush hutch watch Plural Rule 3

When the letter before a y is a consonant, change the y to an i before adding an es. one baby two babies city cities pony ponies reply replies berry family lady

berries families ladies Try these daisy ferry army party fly diary

cherry belly jelly filly Plural Rule 4 When words end in ay, ey, iy, oy, and uy add an s to make the plural. one donkey two donkeys day key

play days boy keys delay plays boys delays guy guys Try these quay

valley tray pulley toy monkey trolley buoy relay holiday Plural Rule 5 When

words end in f or fe change the f or fe to a v before adding es. one knife two knives leaf leaves half halves wife wives life hoof thief lives hooves

thieves Try these wolf elf loaf self calf shelf Exceptions cliffs, chiefs, roofs, dwarfs and handkerchiefs. Plural Rule 6 When

a word ends in an o and comes after a consonant, add es to make the plural. one tomato two tomatoes cargo cargoes mango mangoes echo echoes hero heroes volcano volcanoes torpedo torpedoes Try these potato

avocado mosquito domino buffalo dingo Exceptions pianos, banjos, solos, radios and Eskimos. Plural Rules 7 Sometimes a word may completely change its form when a plural is made. one child

two children person people goose geese man men woman women cactus cacti fungus fungi Try these tooth dice foot

mouse nucleus criterion Plural Rule 8 Sometimes a word may stay the same in both its singular and plural form. one fish many fish tuna

tuna deer deer moose moose trout trout sheep sheep series series Try these aircraft species offspring salmon

bream perch Recap and Consolidation The easiest way to learn how to spell a word is to practice! Practice! Practice! Spelling rules are helpful but practice makes perfect. Once you learn how to spell a word you will not forget how to spell it as long as you practice! Practice! Practice!

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