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There are some nouns that form the plurals differently.

Some nouns change their vowels in the middle of the singular form when forming the plural

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one goose

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two geese

  • foot – feet

  • louse – lice

  • man – men

  • mouse – mice

  • tooth – teeth

  • &
  • woman – women

Compounds of words man and woman form plurals the same way:

  • mailman – mailmen

Words that contain the syllable “man” such as in the word human form the plural by adding the letter s as with most plurals.

Several nouns form the plural by adding the letters en:

  • child – children

  • ox – oxen

Some words with descriptive adjectives and hyphens form the plural by adding the correct affix to the noun portion of the word.

  • father-in-law – fathers-in law

  • mother-in-law – mothers-in-law

  • brother-in-law – brothers-in-law

  • sister-in-law – sisters-in-law

  • attorney-general – attorneys-general

  • secretary-general – secretaries general

There are a number of animals that have the same singular and plural form:

  • bison – bison

  • deer – deer

  • moose – moose

  • sheep – sheep

  • swine – swine

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There are also some animal names that form the plural the same as the singular or use the s or es form:

  • antelope – antelope or antelopes

  • cod – cod or cods

  • elk – elk or elks

  • fish – fish or fishes

  • flounder – flounder or flounders

  • grouse – grouse or grouses

  • herring – herring or herrings

  • quail – quail or quails

  • reindeer – reindeer or reindeers

  • salmon – salmon or salmons

  • shrimp – shrimp or shrimps

  • trout – trout or trouts

 

 

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