Singular Plural Rules

Topics: Grammatical number, English language, Plural Pages: 2 (347 words) Published: April 30, 2013
Singular & Plural Nouns

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Memorize the rules of pluralizing nouns
There are many rules for converting singular nouns to plurals. This worksheet gives the student practice in pluralizing singular nouns, or the reverse, or both. You can select as many of the plural rules as you wish, and examples of those types will be used to fill the worksheet page. Naturally, some rules do not have very many examples in the English language, so you may want to select several types in order to have a full page. -------------------------------------------------

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Singular & Plural Options|
Student's Task:|    Convert each of the singular nouns to plural.     Convert each of the plural nouns to singular. 
   Convert each of the singular or plural nouns to the other type. | Select at least one plural conversion rule from the list below. (The worksheet may not be full if there are not enough examples from those you select.)| |    The most basic case: nouns that become plural with -s| |    For nouns ending with a hiss sound (s, z, x, ch, sh), add -es| |    For nouns ending with a vowel and y, add -s|

|    For nouns ending with a consonant and y, change -y to -ies| |    For nouns ending with -is, change to -es|
|    For nouns ending with -f or -fe, change to -ves, including the exceptional case of roof| |    For nouns ending with -o, add either -s or -es (sometimes both endings are correct)| |    Irregular and mutating nouns (man, child, foot...)| |    Compound nouns with left-handed heads (e.g. brother-in-law)| |    Irregular nouns from Greek or Latin (cactus, alumnus, syllabus...)| |    Less common irregular nouns from Greek or Latin (gnus, larva, synopsis...)| |    Nouns with identical singular and plural form (fish, corps, aircraft...)| | |...
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