Ben’s Grammar Tip of the Week

Plurals

The vast majority of nouns in the English language are made plural by adding an “s” or “es” to the end of the word.

For example, book, apple, house, table, door, cat, bush, boss are just some of the millions of words that become plural with the simple addition of an “s” or “es” (books, apples, houses, tables, doors, cats, bushes, bosses). However, certain things have irregular plurals which do not behave in this standard way.

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The general rule for making a noun plural is:

  • If the word ends in s, x, z, ch or sh, add an “es”

Bless = blesses

Box = boxes

catch = catches

Dish = dishes

Buzz = buzzes

Irregular Plurals

Certain words do not follow the above rules for regular plurals. There are some common types of irregular plurals that occur, and some words simply have no plural form at all.

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Uncountable Nouns

Non-count nouns, also called group nouns, have no plural form because they are assumed to be plural.Some examples are:

  • Hair
  • Grass
  • Mud

Unchanging Nouns

Certain other nouns have the same plural form as singular form. A large number of animals happen to follow this rule. For example:

  • Deer is “deer” whether singular or plural
  • Fish is “fish” whether singular or plural

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Plurals in English

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