What Are Some Examples of Pluralized Words?

What Are Some Examples of Pluralized Words?

Most English nouns can be pluralized by adding an S at the end, as in "road" and "roads," "gun" and "guns," or "house" and "houses." Oxford Dictionaries notes that there are many exceptions to this rule, however.

Nouns ending in "-y" are pluralized by dropping the "-y" and adding "-ies," as in "cherry" and "cherries." Nouns ending in "-ch," "-s," "-sh," "-x," and "-z" require an added "-es," so "crutch" becomes "crutches," "kiss" becomes "kisses," and "tax" becomes "taxes," for example. Nouns ending in a hard "-ch," however, are pluralized as normal, so "loch" becomes "lochs." Nouns ending in "-f" or "-fe" change that terminal phoneme to "-ve" and add "-s," so "wife" becomes "wives." Numerous other exceptions to the general rule also exist.