Unit 2.2

Irregular Plural Nouns

Nouns


Introduction

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

The plural form is used to indicate that there is more than one person, animal, place or thing. Some nouns don’t follow the rules, they are irregular and their plural is formed differently.

Form

Nouns with irregular plural form do not become plural by adding -s or -es. There are no rules explaining how the plurals of these nouns are formed, we just have to learn these words and their plural forms by heart. The most commonly used nouns with irregular plural forms are:

SingularPlural
childchildren
footfeet
manmen
mousemice
personpeople
toothteeth
womanwomen

Example

  • ChildWe have three children.
  • FootMy feet are sore.
  • ManThere are some men outside the house.
  • MouseI found three mice in the barn.
  • PersonThey are such nice people.
  • ToothHe lost two teeth yesterday.
  • WomanThey are very beautiful women.

Use

We use irregular plurals in the same way as regular ones, but they are formed differently.

Summary

There is no rule for the formation of irregular plural nouns, so you have to learn them by heart.

The most commonly used are: child ⇒ children, foot ⇒ feet, man ⇒ men, person ⇒ people, woman ⇒ women

For example
— “An ox.” ⇒ “Three oxen.” / “Three oxes.”
— “There is only one goose in the street.” ⇒ “There are five geese in the street.”

Let’s revise this content within the {Form} section. Take a look at the {Example} section that shows its use within a context.

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