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Spelling (Plurals for words ending in y) 01
These are ponies and not ponys.

Spelling (Plurals for words ending in y) 01

To spell plurals of words ending in y: change y to i and add -es. If you learn this, you should be confident when asked what the plural is of any word ending in y.

If you completed the Spelling (Plurals for Words Ending in O) quiz, then you already know that the great majority of plurals in the English language end either in -s or -es. Like words ending in o, words ending in y also add an -es in the plural. But there is one crucial point to remember, which is that the y must be changed to an i first.

So, you might eat one french fry, but many french fries. You could be looking after one baby, or many babies. A rugby player might score one try or many tries.

This simple rule, change the y to an i before adding an -es, does have some exceptions. For example "boy", "toy" and "donkey" become "boys", "toys" and "donkeys". So watch out for any similar exceptions!

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1.
Select the correct spelling(s) of the missing plural word(s).
There are three ..... open late tonight.
pharmacie
pharmacies
pharmacy
pharmacys
Change y to i and add -es, making "pharmacies"
2.
Select the correct spelling(s) of the missing plural word(s).
The torch needs new.....
batterie
batteries
battery
batterys
One "battery" but two "batteries"
3.
Select the correct spelling(s) of the missing plural word(s).
The director takes his ..... seriously.
responsibilitie
responsibilities
responsibility
responsibilitys
Words ending with -bility end with -bilities in the plural
4.
Select the correct spelling(s) of the missing plural word(s).
We will eat ..... and cream for tea.
strawberrie
strawberries
strawberry
strawberrys
"Berry" becomes "berries", so "blackberries" and "raspberries" are the correct plurals for other types of berry
5.
Select the correct spelling(s) of the missing plural word(s).
The ..... trotted through the forest.
ponie
ponies
pony
ponys
If a word ends -y in its singular form, then its plural ends with -ies
6.
Select the correct spelling(s) of the missing plural word(s).
Fruits such as ..... and ..... are in season in summer
cherries, raspberries
cherries, raspberry
cherry, raspberries
cherry, raspberry
Remember that -y becomes -ies, not -ys
7.
Select the correct spelling(s) of the missing plural word(s).
Some children develop ..... to pollen.
allergie
allergies
allergy
allergys
How many plural words can you think of which end in -ys....? Any?
8.
Select the correct spelling(s) of the missing plural word(s).
The crews experienced ..... when sailing to shore.
difficult
difficultie
difficulties
difficultys
"Difficulty" becomes "difficulties"
9.
Select the correct spelling(s) of the missing plural word(s).
There are four ..... parked outside the shop.
lorrie
lorries
lorrys
lorrys
One lorry, two lorries
10.
Select the correct spelling(s) of the missing plural word(s).
The footballers returned from the tour with.....
injurie
injuries
injury
injurys
"Injury" becomes "injuries"

 

Author:  Sue Daish

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