English Plurals: Exercise

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Grammar exercise: Following on from the lesson on English plurals, complete the exercise with correct plural forms: '-s' / '-es' / '-ies' / irregular.
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Complete the sentences as appropriate:

Henry VIII

1. They’re both ......................... of my university (alumnus).

2. ...................rarely attack humans. They’re normally timid (wolf).

3. I’m going to two  ...................... this weekend (party).

4. But granny why do you have such long ...................... (tooth)?

5. How many ...................... of frog are there (species)?

6. King Henry VIII had six ..................... (wife).

7. This company has two ................... (boss).

8. We received two .................. over the weekend (fax).

9. But granny, why do you have such hairy ...................... (toe)

10. I love ............ (tomato).


ANSWERS:

1. alumni

John says  Note: Latin words ending with "-us" usually end with "-i' in the plural.

2. wolves
Words ending with "-f" or "-fe" normally end with "-ves" in the plural.

3. parties
Words ending with "-y" normally end with "ies" in the plural.

4. teeth
Irregular. Make sure you know this one.

5. species
This word stays the same in the plural.

6. wives
See 2. above.

7. bosses
Words ending with "-s" normally take "-es" for the plural.

8. faxes
Words ending with "-x" also take "-es" for the plural.

9. toes

10. tomatoes
"Tomato" is a word ending in "-o" which takes "-es" for the plural. Other words, like "piano" take only "-s".


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