Tuesday, 30 October 2012

SINGULAR AND PLURAL NOUNS

Singular Noun Definition:  When a noun means one only, it is said to be singular.
Examples:  boy, girl, book, church, box
Plural Noun Definition:  When a noun means more than one, it is said to be plural.
Examples:  boys, girls, books, churches
Rule #1
The plural of nouns is usually formed by adding - s to a singular noun.
 lamp  lamps
 cat  cats
 fork  forks
 flower  flowers
 pen  pens
Exercise:  Write the plural of each of these nouns
 chair  star  farm
 storm  door  rock
 owner  paper  cup

Rule #2
Nouns ending in
s, z, x, sh, and ch form the plural by adding - es.
 moss  mosses
 buzz  buzzes
 box  boxes
 dish   dishes
 church  churches
Exercise:  Write the plural of each of these nouns
 dress  brush  hex
 wish  class  fox
 cross  bench  bush
 ax  grass  mantis

Special Note:
If you add - s to such nouns as fox, bush, and bench, you will find that you cannot pronounce them without making an additional syllable.  This is why such nouns form the plural by adding - es.

No comments:

Post a Comment