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Plurals

Sep 5, 2022
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Plurals of nouns are utilized to specify when there is more than one person, place, animal, or thing. 

There are some basic rules to follow with framing plural:

  • The method for forming nouns plural is to add an “-s” at the end of the noun.  
  • If the noun ends in “-s,” “-x,” “-z,” or with a group of consonants, such as “-sh,” “-ch,” or “- tch,” add “-es” to make it plural.  
  • If the noun ends in “-y” and it is followed by a consonant, we change “y” to “i” and add “-es.”  
  • For the nouns that end in “-f,” “-fe,” or “-lf,” we replace the endings with “-ves” to make them plural. 
  • Many words that end in “-f,” “-fe,” or “-lf” are simply made plural with an “-s” on the end. 
  • Words ending in “-ff” or “-ffe,” simply add “-s” to the end. 
  • Some nouns that end in –o, can add either –s or –es to form the plural. 
  • Nouns taken from Latin or Greek maintain their original forms in the plural. 
  • Every verb in a clause or sentence must agree in number and person with its subject.  
  • A singular (one) subject is always preceded by the singular form of the verb. 
  • A plural subject is always preceded by the plural form of the verb. 
  • Apostrophes are utilized to shape plurals of lowercase individual letters and lowercase abbreviations. 
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