Noun Plurals Exercise (370)

Replace each noun in parenthesis with its plural form. Be sure to remove the parentheses in your answer.

Answers and Explanations

1.
Original: Your job is to sharpen all the (knife) in the kitchen.
Correct : Your job is to sharpen all the knives in the kitchen.

Nouns that end in -fe form the plural by changing the f to v before adding s.

2.
Original: Some apartment dwellers grow (tomato) in hanging baskets.
Correct : Some apartment dwellers grow tomatoes in hanging baskets.

Words that end in -o form the plural by adding -es. An exception to this rule is that when the final o is preceded by another vowel, the plural is formed by adding s only: zoo/zoos; studio/studios.

3.
Original: I will give you my decision after I have read all the (analysis).
Correct : I will give you my decision after I have read all the analyses.

Many nouns that end in -is in the singular change i to e to form the plural: oasis/oases; synopsis/synopses.

4.
Original: I just bought three new (mouse) for my computers.
Correct : I just bought three new mice for my computers.

The word mouse is among the oldest words in the language. Even in its new tech-related meaning, it takes the traditional plural, mice.

5.
Original: There’s a mattress company that uses whimsical (sheep) in their advertisements.
Correct : There’s a mattress company that uses whimsical sheep in their advertisements.

Sheep is another ancient word with an irregular plural. The form does not change: one sheep/two sheep.

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