English Language: Middle School: Grades 6, 7 and 8 Quiz - Spelling (Plurals for words ending in o) (Questions)

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For some words which end in -o add -es to form their plurals, for example 'hero'/'heroes'. Here is an English spelling quiz so you can get to grips with the subject. Be warned...not all plurals for words ending in 'o' require an 'e'.

1. Select the correct spelling for the missing word.
He shouted, "help!" and his word returned in many .......
[ ] echo
[ ] echoes
[ ] echos
[ ] echows
2. Select the correct spelling for the missing word.
There are two active ....... on the island.
[ ] volcano
[ ] volcanoe
[ ] volcanoes
[ ] volcanos
3. Select the correct spelling for the missing word.
I'll take ten ripe ....... please.
[ ] tomato
[ ] tomatoe
[ ] tomatoes
[ ] tomatos
4. Select the correct spelling for the missing word.
Large sacks of ....... are on offer today.
[ ] potato
[ ] potatoe
[ ] potatoes
[ ] potatos
5. Select the correct spelling for the missing word.
The submarine launched two .......
[ ] torpedo
[ ] torpedoe
[ ] torpedoes
[ ] torpedos
6. Select the correct spelling for the missing word.
The winning athletes returned as triumphant .......
[ ] hero
[ ] heroe
[ ] heroes
[ ] heros
7. Select the correct spelling for the missing word.
The fleet of ships were laden with their .......
[ ] cargo
[ ] cargoe
[ ] cargoes
[ ] cargoose
8. Select the correct spelling for the missing word.
The ....... toppled over one after the other in a long line.
[ ] domino
[ ] dominoe
[ ] dominoes
[ ] dominus
9. Select the correct spelling for the missing word.
The orchestra needed three ....... for the trio.
[ ] piano
[ ] pianoe
[ ] pianoes
[ ] pianos
10. Select the correct spelling for the missing word.
The actors sang several ....... in the school play.
[ ] solo
[ ] sloes
[ ] soloes
[ ] solos
English Language: Middle School: Grades 6, 7 and 8 Quiz - Spelling (Plurals for words ending in o) (Answers)
1. Select the correct spelling for the missing word.
He shouted, "help!" and his word returned in many .......
[ ] echo
[x] echoes
[ ] echos
[ ] echows
Echo ends in -o and adds -es when plural
2. Select the correct spelling for the missing word.
There are two active ....... on the island.
[ ] volcano
[ ] volcanoe
[x] volcanoes
[ ] volcanos
There are exceptions to the rule which just add -s
3. Select the correct spelling for the missing word.
I'll take ten ripe ....... please.
[ ] tomato
[ ] tomatoe
[x] tomatoes
[ ] tomatos
Musical terms: 'piano', 'duo', 'solo' are exceptions
4. Select the correct spelling for the missing word.
Large sacks of ....... are on offer today.
[ ] potato
[ ] potatoe
[x] potatoes
[ ] potatos
5. Select the correct spelling for the missing word.
The submarine launched two .......
[ ] torpedo
[ ] torpedoe
[x] torpedoes
[ ] torpedos
6. Select the correct spelling for the missing word.
The winning athletes returned as triumphant .......
[ ] hero
[ ] heroe
[x] heroes
[ ] heros
7. Select the correct spelling for the missing word.
The fleet of ships were laden with their .......
[ ] cargo
[ ] cargoe
[x] cargoes
[ ] cargoose
A 'cargoose' is a diving bird. 'Cargos' is also acceptable
8. Select the correct spelling for the missing word.
The ....... toppled over one after the other in a long line.
[ ] domino
[ ] dominoe
[x] dominoes
[ ] dominus
More exceptions: logos, gazebos, infernos, eskimos
9. Select the correct spelling for the missing word.
The orchestra needed three ....... for the trio.
[ ] piano
[ ] pianoe
[ ] pianoes
[x] pianos
Tricky! Piano is an exception and adds only -s
10. Select the correct spelling for the missing word.
The actors sang several ....... in the school play.
[ ] solo
[ ] sloes
[ ] soloes
[x] solos
Another exception, solo adds -s in plural (see question 3)