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Sunday, 27 September 2020

Irregular Plural Nouns

Irregular nouns form plurals in unusual ways. Dictionaries will give you the plural spelling if it is irregular.

one child ⇒ two children

one foot ⇒ two feet

one tooth ⇒ two teeth

one man ⇒ two men

Some nouns are spelled the same way whether they are singular or plural.

one fish ⇒ two fish

one sheep ⇒ two sheep

one deer ⇒ two deer

Nouns with Latin and Greek origins form plurals in strange ways. Because Latin and Greek plural endings are so unusual, many people try to follow the English rules by adding s or es. Applying the English rules is acceptable for some nouns, but using the original spelling is usually better. You will notice in the chart below that nouns with the same endings form plurals in the same way every time. Impress your friends and family by knowing the correct forms.



-a ⇒ -ae -us ⇒ -i -is ⇒ -es -on ⇒ -a and -ie ⇒ -ce

amoeba ⇒ amoebae alumnus ⇒ alumni analysis ⇒ analyses criterion ⇒ criteria

antenna ⇒ antennae cactus ⇒ cacti axis ⇒ axes phenomenon ⇒ phenomena

alumna ⇒ alumnae fungus ⇒ fungi diagnosis ⇒ diagnoses die ⇒ dice

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Note:Amoebas, cactuses, and funguses are now acceptable spellings even though the Latin spellings are still preferred. Also, octopuses is now the preferred plural spelling of octopus, but the Latin octopi is acceptable as well.

Some nouns exist only in the plural form.

binoculars - pants

clothes - pajamas

glasses - scissors

goggles - shorts

jitters - tweezers

Note: This is not a complete list.

Depending on the style manual you use, there are different rules for making letters, numbers, and abbreviations plural. The information in this lesson is based on the Chicago Manual of Style. Use the shortcuts in this lesson to help you remember the rules.

  • In order to make capital letters plural, add a lowercase s. Sometimes it is necessary to use an apostrophe if the plural form could be confused with a word (such as the word As versus the plural A's or the word Is versus the plural I's), but the apostrophe is only necessary if the letter is at the beginning of the sentence.

Shortcut: Capital letter + s

I earned straight As on my report card, but my sister received all Bs.

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  • To make lowercase letters plural, italicize the letter and add an apostrophe + s. It is important to add the apostrophe because otherwise the letter might be mistaken for a word (for example, a's versus as). Remember that even though the letter itself is italicized, the s is never italicized.

Shortcut: Lowercase italicized letter + apostrophe + s

Why does algebra use so many x's and y's?

To make an abbreviation plural, simply add a lowercase s. It is not necessary to add an apostrophe before the s.

Shortcut: Abbreviation + s

I used to have a lot of CDs, but now I just listen to my mp3 player.

I've heard that M.D.s go to school for at least 7 years!

  • One last area that we haven't covered is how to make numbers plural. You can do so by adding a lowercase s without an apostrophe.

Shortcut: Number + s

2s, 3s, and 4s

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Note:Remember that the Chicago Manual of Style isn't the only guide out there, and different manuals follow different guidelines. For example, some manuals prefer to use an apostrophe + s when making all letters and numbers plural. When writing, consult your manual if you have one. Whether you have a manual or not, make sure to follow the same rule throughout your essay, article, or story.

Also remember that people use specific guides for certain types of writing. Some popular guides are the Associated Press Stylebook (also called the AP Stylebook), APA style (from the American Psychological Association), and the MLA style (from the Modern Language Association). When you write essays or research papers, you use MLA or APA style, but when writing a news article, you use the AP Stylebook. If you're not sure which guide to use, just ask your teacher.

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