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Spelling (Singular and Plural Nouns) 01
Some nouns are exactly the same in their plural form as they are in their singular form. One sheep, two sheep, three sheep...

Spelling (Singular and Plural Nouns) 01

When spelling the plural of a singular noun, it's normally a case of simply adding s to the word. However, not always! Some nouns use the same spelling for both singular and plural. For example, there might be one trout in the river, or many trout, but the spelling remains the same.

This quiz gives a chance to see if you can remember which nouns in English share their singular and plural forms and which follow the more typical rule of adding an -s or -es. Is the plural of deer "deer" or "deers" (or even "deeres")? Is the plural of fish "fish", "fishs" or "fishes"? Is the plural of sheep "sheep", "sheeps" or "sheepes"? This quiz will help!

For the record, the correct plural of deer is "deer", and for sheep it is "sheep". But the plural of fish is itself plural, since it has two possible forms, both correct: "fish" and "fishes"! Isn't spelling great? Just keep practising, train your memory, and try not to worry over the inevitable errors.

Test your skills in this quiz.

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1.
An army barracks (accommodation), or multiple .......
barrack
barrackes
barracks
barracks's
"Barracks", like "headquarters" (or "quarters") is already plural. It is more common to hear the plural from than the singular "barrack"
2.
One fish swimming in the river but seven .......
fish
fishies
fishs
fishy
"Fishes" is also acceptable as a plural form of "fish"
3.
A herd of swine (i.e. pigs) but one .......
swin
swine
swines
swins
Use "swine" for one pig or many pigs
4.
One sheep but two .......
lambs
sheep
sheepes
sheeps
Use "sheep" for any amount of sheep
5.
One headquarters but nine .......
headquarters
headquarterses
headquarters's
headsquarters
"Headquarters" is already plural, if you think about it
6.
One species of animal but thousands of .......
specie
species
specieses
species's
Use the same spelling for any number of "species"
7.
One deer but many .......
dear
dears
deer
deers
"Deer" is singular and plural. Don't confuse with "dear", though!
8.
One cod but a shoal of .......
cod
code
codes
cods
Ten thousand cod or one cod, it's all the same
9.
One series of "Dr. Who" but three .......
serie
series
serieses
series's
Certainly not "serieses"!
10.
One red-nosed reindeer but six .......
reindeer
reindeers
reindeer's
reinsdeer
This makes sense because "reindeer" are a type of "deer", which is also the same in singular and plural forms

 

Author:  Sue Daish

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