Spelling: Plurals 3
One deer. Two deer.

Spelling: Plurals 3

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Most words that are plurals require a letter 's' to be added...but not all do! This quiz will give you some practice in writing the plurals of nouns. By the way, adjectives don't have plurals: 'A blue pen'; 'Two blue pens'. Also, some nouns don't have a separate plural form.

1.
Which plural has been written incorrectly?
oxes
children
geese
feet
It should be 'oxen'. 'Ox', like the other nouns in this question, has an irregular plural form. Learn the irregular plurals by heart!
2.
Which plural has been written incorrectly?
lorries
dresses
phenomenons
curricula
It should be 'phenomena'. The word 'curricula' is the plural of 'curriculum': the subjects taught at a school or other educational institution. Incidentally, the plural of 'syllabus' is 'syllabi' or 'syllabuses'
3.
Which plural has been written incorrectly?
bushes
busses
boxes
churchs
It should be 'churches'. Nouns ending in '-ch', '-sh', '-x', '-s/-ss' and '-sh' need to have '-es' added to form their plurals
4.
Which plural has been written incorrectly?
data
tattoos
lives
louses
It should be 'lice'. 'Louse' is an irregular plural. Learn the irregular plurals by heart. By the way, 'data' is the plural of 'datum': a single piece of information
5.
Which plural has been written incorrectly?
mottos
tomatoes
heroes
potatos
It should be 'potatoes'. The former American vice-president, Dan Quail, didn't know how to spell the plural of potato. Nouns ending in '-o' add '-es' or '-s' to form the plural. For example, discos, pianos BUT sometimes you have a choice: buffalo - buffalos/buffaloes; motto - mottos/mottoes; tornado - tornados/tornadoes; volcano - volcanos/volcanoes; zero - zeros/zeroes
6.
Which plural has been written incorrectly?
ladies
babys
cities
toys
It should be 'babies'. Nouns ending in a 'consonant + y' drop the '-y' and add '-ies' to form their plurals. For example, lady, city (see above). Note: if the noun ends in a 'vowel (a, e, i, o, u) + y', you just add '-s' to form the plural: toy - toys
7.
Which plural has been written incorrectly?
thieves
knifes
wives
shelves
It should be 'knives'. Nouns ending in '-f/fe' drop the ending and add '-ves' to form their plurals BUT some just add '-s' to the ending: roof-roofs; cliff-cliffs; sheriff-sheriffs. If the noun ends in '-ff' just add '-s'. Sometimes you have a choice: scarf - scarfs/scarves; hoof - hoofs/hooves
8.
Which plural has been written incorrectly?
mouses
men
women
teeth
It should be 'mice'. 'Mouse', like the other nouns in this question, has an irregular plural form. Learn the irregular plurals by heart!
9.
Which plural has been written incorrectly?
wolves
cars
peoples
deer
It should be 'people/persons': 'person-people/persons'. 'Persons' is more formal
10.
Which plural has been written incorrectly?
informations
aircraft
deer
sheep
It should be 'information'. 'Information', like the other nouns in this question, uses the same word in the singular and the plural. For example, aircraft, cattle
Author:  Frank Evans

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