English grammar

Module 1, Nouns, Lesson 3:

Singular and Plural Nouns 1

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Definition:
Singular means only one. Plural means more than one.

The basic rule is to add s to make a noun plural.

There are many irregular nouns that add es. There are several rules to remember when spelling plural nouns. The rules are based on the letters at the end of the word. They are easiest to remember in categories.

Rule Examples
Most nouns Add s to form the plural.
cat ⇒ cats
truck ⇒ trucks
book ⇒ books
Nouns that end in s, sh, x, ch, or z Add es to form the plural.
Hint:
It is too hard to pronounce the words without the e. Try it – buss, brushs, foxs... you sound like a snake.
bus ⇒ buses
brush ⇒ brushes
fox ⇒ foxes
Nouns ending in f or fe Some nouns ending in fe and some nouns ending in f just add s. Some nouns that end in fe or f change the f or fe to v and add es.
Hint:
Check a dictionary if you are unsure which rule a noun follows.
roof ⇒ roofs
safe ⇒ safes
shelf ⇒ shelves
wife ⇒ wives

Practice What You've Learned

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Directions:
Choose the correct plural spelling of each word.
1.
monstermonstersmonsteres ... glassglasssglasses ... calfcalfscalves ... moviemoviesmoviees
2.
brushbrushsbrushes ... chiefchiefschieves ... giraffegiraffesgiraves ... pencilpencilspenciles
3.
switchswitchsswitches ... cookiecookiescookiees ... shelfshelfsshelves ... candlecandlescandlees
4.
angelangelsangeles ... boxboxsboxes ... leafleafsleaves ... teapotteapotsteapotes
5.
dishdishsdishes ... scarfscarfsscarves ... airplaneairplanesairplanees ... treetreestreees
6.
buzzbuzzsbuzzes ... cliffcliffsclives ... dashdashsdashes ... turtleturtlesturtlees
7.
poolpoolspooles ... flashflashsflashes ... chefchefscheves ... televisiontelevisionstelevisiones
8.
dressdresssdresses ... wolfwolfswolves ... flagflagsflages ... fireplacefireplacesfireplacees
9.
cardinalcardinalscardinales ... churchchurchschurches ... elfelfselves ... castlecastlescastlees
10.
lightbulblightbulbslightbulbes ... halfhalfshalves ... wishwishswishes ... bridgebridgesbridgees
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