REGULAR AND IRREGULAR PLURALSNOUNSBy Miriam Gomez
INTRODUCTIONThis is a course to understand and apply grammar incontext (noun and irregular plural nouns ) forcommunication.
OBJECTIVE Understanding the grammar rules that apply to Nouns and Irregular Plural Nouns.
REGULAR AND IRREGULAR PLURAL NOUNS Regular plurals: 1. We form the plural of most nouns by adding –s to the singular noun. Example: book books girl girls 2. Some regular plurals require changes in the spelling of the noun before we add –s. Example: dish dishes factory factories knife knives
IRREGULAR PLURALS Some nouns form their plural by changing their vowels. Singular Plural foot feet goose geese man men mouse mice woman women Some nouns form their plural by adding a syllable. Singular Plural child children ox oxen
IRREGULAR PLURALS Some nouns have the same singular and plural forms. Singular Plural aircraft aircraft deer deer fish fish offspring offspring series series spacecraft spacecraft species species
IRREGULAR PLURALS Some nouns that come from Latin or Greek have plural endings that come from those languages. Singular Plural bacterium bacteria cactus cacti curriculum curricula focus foci fungus fungi medium media memorandum memoranda thesis theses
IRREGULAR PLURALS Some nouns have only a plural form. We can also use a pair of before these noun. Those jeans look great on you. That pair of jeans looks great on you. Plural jeans pajamas pants shorts trousers.
IRREGULAR PLURALS Some nouns end in – s but are not plural. Economics is interesting to me. Singular news politics mathematics athletics physics rabies
IRREGULAR PLURALS The plural of person is usually people (not persons), but we can use persons in legal contexts. I know a person who works for your father. I know some people who work for your father. The person who had broken into a store was arrested. Three persons who had broken into a store were arrested.
ASSIGNMENT Complete the sentences with the plural form of the nouns in parentheses. Diego Grande is eighty-nine years old. He is very tall and has a large (foot) _______, a big nose, and no (tooth) _____ at all. His (hobby) ___________ are taking (photo) _________ and fixing old (watch) __________. He has several (pet)___________: three (mouse) ________, five (fish)____________, and two (canary) __________. He had two (wife) _________ during his life, but they both died. His three (child) _________ are all grown up and now have (life) _________ of their own.