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Plurals: Spelling Review Practice Exercises (page 2)

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Updated on Aug 25, 2011

ANSWERS TO PRACTICE

  1. children. Children is one of the words that doesn't follow any rules. (See the table for rule #8.)
  2. tomatoes. If a word ends in a consonant + -o combination, add -es to make the plural. (Rule #2)
  3. lunches. If a word ends in -s, -x, -z, -sh, or -ch, add -es when making the plural. (Rule #1)
  4. wolves. For most words that end in -f or -fe, change the -f or -fe to a v, then add -es. (Rule #4)
  5. ankles. Add -s to most words to make them plural. (Rule #1)
  6. pantries. When a noun ends in a consonant + -y combination, change the -y to an i and add -es to form the plural. (Rule #3)
  7. media. Some technical words that end in -um change the -um to an -a when forming plurals. (Rule #6)
  8. knives. For most words that end in -f or -fe, change the -f or -fe to a v, then add -es. (Rule #4)
  9. sweaters. Add -s to most words to make them plural. (Rule #1)
  10. parentheses. Some words that end in -is change the -is to an -es when forming plurals (Rule #6)
  11. boxes. If a word ends in -s, -x, -z, -sh, or -ch, add -es when making the plural. (Rule #1)
  12. earmuffs. Most words that end in -ff add -s when forming the plural. (See the exception to rule #4)
  13. studios. If a word ends in a vowel + -o combination, add -s to make the plural. (Rule #2)
  14. riches. If a word ends in -s, -x, -z, -sh, or -ch, add -es when making the plural. (Rule #1)
  15. thieves. For most words that end in -f or -fe, change the -f or -fe to a v, then add -es. (Rule #4.)
  16. daughters-in-law. To make hyphenated words plural, add an -s to the word that is being pluralized. (Rule #5)
  17. hatches. If a word ends in -s, -x, -z, -sh, or -ch, add -es when making the plural. (Rule #1)
  18. modems. Add -s to most words to make them plural. (Rule #1)
  19. rashes. If a word ends in -s, -x, -z, -sh, or -ch, add -es when making the plural. (Rule #1)
  20. navies. When a noun ends in a consonant+ -y combination, change y to an i and add -es to form the plural. (Rule #3)
  21. tributaries. When a noun ends in a consonant + -y combination, change the -y to an i and add -es to form the plural. (Rule #3)
  22. stimuli. Some words that end in -us change the -us to an -i when forming plurals. (Rule #6)
  23. politicians. Add -s to most words to make them plural. (Rule #1)
  24. ova. Some technical words that end in -um change the -um to an -a when forming plurals. (Rule #6)
  25. buffalos, buffaloes. Most words that end in a consonant + -o combination add an -es when forming the plural. Buffalo is one of the rare exceptions that can be pluralized either way. (See the Fuel for Thought box in this chapter.)
  26. paralyses. Some words that end in -is change the -is to an -es when forming plurals. (Rule #6)
  27. loaves. For most words that end in -f or -fe, change the -f or -fe to a v, then add -es. (Rule #4)
  28. umbrellas. Add -s to most words to make them plural. (Rule #1)
  29. indices, indexes. Although most technical words that end in -ix change the -ix to -ices when forming the plural, the plural off index can be spelled two different ways. (See the Fuel for Thought box in this chapter.)
  30. vertebrae. Some words don't obey any rules. (Rule #8)

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