Plural Nouns

Examples Help! Definition and Meaning of a Plural Noun

A noun is the name of any person, place or thing as John, London or book. But what is a Plural noun? The meaning or definition of a Plural noun is as follows:

 

Definition & Meaning

A Plural noun means more than one item. Examples of plural nouns are beds, boys, girls, books and cats. They are created by adding a letter 's' to the end of a word or by adding 'es' such as in churches, boxes or witches.

Definition & Meaning

Examples Help - Some helpful rules
There are some rules when working with English plurals:

  • Just add an 's' to make most words plural - examples: cats, dogs, girls, bats
  • If the noun ends with a ch, s, sh, x, or z add an 'es' to make it plural - examples: churches, boxes, witches, witnesses
  • If the noun ends with a letter y and the letter before the y is a consonant
    • change the letter y to a letter i then add es to make it a plural
    • Examples: Sky to Skies & Army to Armies

Examples Help! List of Plural Nouns

This list of English examples will prove useful when learning about different parts of speech:

List
Cats Boys Bats
Books Chairs Tables
Churches Boxes Witches
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Irregular Plural Nouns

Just when you think it's simple along comes the phrase 'irregular plural nouns'! What exactly does this mean? Most English nouns are very predictable ( or regular ) in the spelling of the plural form - you just add an 's' or 'es' which make 'regular' plural words. But there are always exceptions to the rule and these are referred to a 'irregular plural nouns! When irregular nouns change from their singular form to become plural, their spelling changes in a different way as in mouse and mice (or it may not change at all as in the word scissors). It would be incorrect English to add an 's' or 'es' to these 'irregular' words. The following list of irregular examples will make this definition much clearer:

 

Irregular List
Singular Plural Singular Plural
analysis analyses appendix appendices
bison bison cactus cacti
calf calves child children
elf elves foot feet
goose geese knife knives
leaf leaves life lives
loaf loaves man men
mouse mice person people
scissors scissors tooth teeth

 

The Noun Game

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The Noun Game

Examples Help - Understanding Plural Nouns!

Understanding the different types of nouns is not very difficult, but it is made daunting because of the seemingly complicated names! Just glancing through this page provides a fast overview of Plural nouns. Remember that Plural nouns are the words used to describe more than one item. Examples of plural nouns are beds, boys, girls, books and cats. They are created by adding a letter 's' to the end of a word or by adding 'es' such as in churches, boxes or witches.

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Plural Nouns

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