Spelling: Elementary School: Grades 3, 4 and 5 Quiz - Spelling: Plurals 3 (Questions)

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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?
[ ] mottos
[ ] tomatoes
[ ] heroes
[ ] potatos
2. Which plural has been written incorrectly?
[ ] bushes
[ ] busses
[ ] boxes
[ ] churchs
3. Which plural has been written incorrectly?
[ ] ladies
[ ] babys
[ ] cities
[ ] toys
4. Which plural has been written incorrectly?
[ ] thieves
[ ] knifes
[ ] wives
[ ] shelves
5. Which plural has been written incorrectly?
[ ] mouses
[ ] men
[ ] women
[ ] teeth
6. Which plural has been written incorrectly?
[ ] oxes
[ ] children
[ ] geese
[ ] feet
7. Which plural has been written incorrectly?
[ ] informations
[ ] aircraft
[ ] deer
[ ] sheep
8. Which plural has been written incorrectly?
[ ] wolves
[ ] cars
[ ] peoples
[ ] deer
9. Which plural has been written incorrectly?
[ ] lorries
[ ] dresses
[ ] phenomenons
[ ] curricula
10. Which plural has been written incorrectly?
[ ] data
[ ] tattoos
[ ] lives
[ ] louses
Spelling: Elementary School: Grades 3, 4 and 5 Quiz - Spelling: Plurals 3 (Answers)
1. Which plural has been written incorrectly?
[ ] mottos
[ ] tomatoes
[ ] heroes
[x] 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
2. Which plural has been written incorrectly?
[ ] bushes
[ ] busses
[ ] boxes
[x] churchs
It should be 'churches'. Nouns ending in '-ch', '-sh', '-x', '-s/-ss' and '-sh' need to have '-es' added to form their plurals
3. Which plural has been written incorrectly?
[ ] ladies
[x] 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
4. Which plural has been written incorrectly?
[ ] thieves
[x] 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
5. Which plural has been written incorrectly?
[x] 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!
6. Which plural has been written incorrectly?
[x] 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!
7. Which plural has been written incorrectly?
[x] 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
8. Which plural has been written incorrectly?
[ ] wolves
[ ] cars
[x] peoples
[ ] deer
It should be 'people/persons': 'person-people/persons'. 'Persons' is more formal
9. Which plural has been written incorrectly?
[ ] lorries
[ ] dresses
[x] 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'
10. Which plural has been written incorrectly?
[ ] data
[ ] tattoos
[ ] lives
[x] 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