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How can worksheets help kids learn irregular nouns?

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Worksheets give children practice in learning to correctly identify and change into plural form those irregular nouns that do not follow regular plural spelling rules, such as "medium" and "media" or "radius" and "radii." Using worksheets, with or without images, enables children to acquire greater fluency in writing and reading.

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How can worksheets help kids learn irregular nouns?
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A noun is a part of speech that names people, things, places and ideas. Most nouns follow general rules to change from their singular to their plural form. A common rule is to add "s" at the end of most singular nouns or "es" to those ending in "ch," "sh," "s," "x" or "z."

Irregular nouns are exceptions to the rule and less predictable than regular nouns. Nouns ending in "y" preceded by a vowel take on "s" but the "y" changes to "ies" if preceded by a consonant. For example, "toy" changes to "toys" but "baby" changes to "babies." Most nouns ending in "o" take on "s" except those where a consonant precedes the final "o." For example, "kangaroo" changes to "kangaroos" while "potato" changes to "potatoes."

Nouns ending in "f" or "fe" often take on "ves" in their plural form. For instance, "loaf" turns into "loaves" and "knife" becomes "knives," but "roof" becomes "roofs." Some irregular nouns retain their singular form, such as "scissors," "fish," "sheep," "deer" and "species." Others change their vowel sound, such as "man" and "men" or "tooth" and "teeth." A few preserve their old English versions, such as "oxen" for "ox" or "children" for "child."

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