12 Plural Nouns formation

Introduction

Nouns refer to a person, place, thing, event, substance or quality.

Plural form is used to indicate that there is more than one person, animal, place or thing.

Form

Plural nouns can be formed from singular forms by just adding a suffix. The various cases of the formation of plurals are:

Regular

The plural of the regular nouns are formed by just adding -s to the singular forms.

Singular Plural
car  cars
classmate  classmates
table  tables
teacher  teachers
student students

Irregular

The plural of the nouns can be formed differently, depending on the suffix of the singular form. The various cases of the formation of the plural, grouped according to their suffix, are:

  • Nouns with suffix -ch, -s, -sh, -x or -z: add -es.
Singular Plural
-ch witch witches
-s boss bosses
-sh bush bushes
-x box boxes
-z quiz quizzes 
  • Nouns with suffix -y: change -y- to -i- and add -es.
Singular Plural
baby babies
city cities
daisy daisies
  • Nouns with suffix -fe or -f: change -f(e) to -v and add (e)s.
Singular Plural
life lives
wife wives
wolf wolves

Example

Regular

  • StudentPeter and Eva are students.

Irregular

Nouns with suffix -ch, -s, -sh -x or -z

  • WitchWitches are not always scary.
  • BossNobody likes Mondays, not even bosses.
  • Bush ⇒ I like these bushes in spring.
  • BoxWe have 10 boxes.
  • QuizFriday is time for quizzes.

Nouns with suffix -y

  • StoryHe tells me some stories.

Nouns with suffix -fe or -f

  • WifeThey are wives.
  • WolfWe saw many wolves at the zoo.

Use

We use the singular when there is only one thing; we use the plural when there are two things or more than two. We usually use the plural just with countable nouns (amount of the things that can be counted with numbers).

Uncountable nouns do not follow the rules of plural formation.

Summary

The plural of the nouns can be formed differently, depending on the suffix of singular nouns. In most cases, we only have to add an -s to the end.

For example:
— “One cup.” ⇒ “Three cups.” = We add -s at the end of the noun.

However, there are some irregularities about plural formation, depending on the ending of nouns.

For example:
— With suffixes -ch-s, -sh, -x or -z: “One fox.” ⇒ “Two foxes.” = We add -es to the noun.
— With suffix -y: “One lady.” ⇒ “Two ladies.” = We change -y to -i and add -es.
— With suffixes -fe or -f: “One life.” ⇒ “Two lives.” = We change -f- to -v- and add -es (in some cases we just add an -s).

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