Irregular Plural Nouns
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Irregular Plural Nouns. "Koko, I can't sleep!" "You need to count some sheep." "Ok?" "But, where am I going to get SHEEPS from?" "No, no matter how many there are, it's just SHEEP, and you won't need to count that many before you're sound asleep." A plural noun is a noun that refers to more than one person, place, thing, or idea. Most nouns can be made plural by following one of these rules. Adding an
,(...) like in “balloons” adding an , (...) as in “sandwiches” changing the final (...) in words like "puppies",... or changing the final (...)like in "elves." But not all nouns follow these rules. IRREGULAR plural nouns sometimes must be changed in a different way to make them mean more than one. Because plural nouns do not follow the rules, we must memorize them. However, there are some patterns we can learn to help us. Let's take a look at some of the different patterns irregular plural nouns might have. One group of nouns become plural by the changing vowels inside the word. To mean more than one, these nouns change the in the middle of a word to an
Irregular Plural Nouns exercise
What are plural and irregular plural nouns?Hints
Remember, an irregular plural noun is different than a regular plural noun.
The word irregular means something that is not regular, and does not follow the rules. Irregular nouns must be changed in different ways than regular nouns.Solution
A plural noun is a noun that refers to more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
An irregular plural noun must be changed in a different way to make them mean more than one. They do not follow the rules, so we must memorize them.
What is the irregular plural form of foot?Hints
The word foot changes to an irregular plural noun by using this pattern.
"Footes" is not a word.Solution
The irregular plural of foot is feet. This word changes vowels from oo to ee.
Which words stay the same regardless of how many there are?Hints
Remember, you are highlighting words that stay the same. For example, the word deer. We use deer when talking about one deer, or many deer.
Try saying the words out loud in a sentence. For example: I saw one child, I saw many children. With this, we can see that children changes its form from regular to irregular. So, children does not stay the same.
There are 3 words to highlight.Solution
The words that stay the same regardless of whether the noun is one or more are:
sheep, moose, and fish.
These words are used to talk about one, or many. For example:
Look at this little sheep! We are talking about one sheep.
Look at all these sheep! We are talking about many sheep.
The other words on the list all change:
Child changes to children
Woman changes to women
Man changes to men
Goose changes to geese
Match the pairs.Hints
Remember the patterns that some irregular plural nouns follow. Look at this picture to help you.
Remember that some plural nouns are the same in irregular form. For example: I saw one sheep. I saw many sheep.Solution
The irregular plural of tooth is teeth. The irregular plural of goose is geese
Both of those words follow the pattern of changing the vowels oo to ee.
The irregular plural of rice is still rice.
This word stays the same, like deer or sheep.
The irregular plural of person is people. The irregular plural of mouse is mice.
Both of these words change completely.
What is the irregular plural form of child?Hints
This word changes its spelling altogether.
Think about more than one child. If you had more than one child coming over, how would you complete this sentence: "We have some ___ coming over."Solution
The irregular plural form of child is children. This irregular plural noun changes it's spelling altogether.
What are the irregular plural nouns?Hints
Remember the patterns we can use to help us memorize irregular plural nouns: some nouns become plural by changing the vowel inside the word, some stay the same, and some change into different words altogether.
Use this chart to remind you of how we can identify the irregular plural form of a noun.Solution
The irregular plural of fish is fish. This word stays the same.
The irregular plural of half is halves. The ending changes to -ves.
The irregular plural of mouse is mice. This word becomes a different word.
The irregular plural of tooth is teeth. This word changes vowels from oo to ee.
The irregular plural of woman is women. This word changes vowels from a to e.