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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #26552: Plural of nouns
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    Plural of nouns


    General rule : add an "-s" to the word.

                  snake (snakes)       dream (dreams)      bicycle (bicycles)

    But there are exceptions:

    1) Irregular :


      one child                 three children  one mouse                   two mice

    Same problem for:

          man     woman     foot     tooth     goose     louse                 ox        person   

          men     women     feet     teeth     geese     lice                   oxen    people

    2) Words ending in '-sh,-ch, -x, -s, -z '  : add   -es


       one box                  three boxes           one witch                     two witches

    Same rule: dishes    kisses   buses   buzzes

    3) Words ending in: '-f '/ '-fe ' : plural form =  -ves


      one leaf                  three leaves  (wolf)          three wolves

     knife, loaf, half, shelf, wife, calf, life, thief

    BUT:   chiefs       safes       cliffs   

    4) Words ending in : 'consonant + y' = plural : -ies

                                 same rule:    lady,   story,   fly,   country,   spy

     two babies                             

    BUT :    toys ,   boys ,   days ,   keys

    5) Words ending in 'consonant + o' = plural :  -es

                                same rule:   mosquito,   hero,   veto; echo

     six tomatoes                           

    :    scenarios ,   videos ,   kangaroos

    And these foreign words:   piano,   kimono,   photo,   dynamo   (-s )   

    6) Same word for the singular and the plural forms:


              two sheep    one deer   three deer


    7) Words ending in '-is' -> plural: '-es'


    (oasis)  two oases                           

    Same rule:   axis,   crisis,    thesis,   diagnosis

    8) Other exceptions:

    From foreign languages:

    vertebra, vertebrae

    stimulus, stimuli

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    1. Do you know the story where the fairy grants a little girl three .

    2. It's the cackling of which save Rome from the Gauls.

    3. 'There will be blue birds over the white of Dover' (a popular song of World War II)

    4. Do turtles have ?

    5. You should place the and forks to the left of the plates.

    6. The hunters never noticed the two by the apple tree.

    7. Please keep your hands and inside the car.

    8. John screamed and the of his screams sounded in the cave.

    9. The children stood on to see the parade.

    10. James Bond (Ian Fleming) and George Smiley (John le Carré) are popular fictional .

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