Lesson 46: PLURALS OF UNIT NOUNS

Most unit nouns add S to make the plural, but some are irregular.


Regular

girl girls
face faces

but if the word ends with ch / sh / s / x / y / z / fe, the spelling is a little different. Look at Lesson 91


Irregular

Here are some useful examples:

[S]:SINGULAR, [P]:PLURAL

[S] person [P] people

[S] man [P] men

[S] woman [P] women

[S] foot [P] feet

[S] tooth [P] teeth

[S] sheep [P] sheep

[S] fish [P] fish

[S] child [P] children

[S] appendix [P] appendices

[S] nucleus [P] nuclei


Always plural

THINGS WITH TWO HALVES

Those scissors are very sharp.
The pants are too long for me.
I can't see with these glasses.

If we want to count with these words, we use pair:
pair of scissors ( = 1 ), four pairs of pants

SOME OTHER WORDS

For example: clothes, customs (at airports), premises, thanks, wages

SOME WORDS do not LOOK PLURAL, but they usually take PLURAL GRAMMAR

Some words do not look plural, but they usually take plural grammar.

For example:
The family are all out at the moment. NOT is
The majority think he is right. NOT thinks
The police are questioning him now. NOT is

NOTICE: News is not a plural. It is a mass noun. Mass nouns do not have a plural form (Lesson 47).


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