Pluralses or Plurals’s – Learn to Pluralize Correctly

WRITTEN March 7, 2012 Author: Rich Atkins

What’s the plural form of “deer”?

Do you know how to pluralize correctly? Getting it wrong, and having your error discovered means a loss of credibility. Forming plurals of nouns correctly will show your audience that you’re smart and can communicate with respect. That is why we cover this in our business writing class.

apple > apples
shoe > shoes
mouse > _____ (Is it “mouses”?)
house > _____ (You know it’s not “hice”!)

The correct spelling of plurals usually depends on what letter the singular noun ends in. Here is a rundown the general rules of how to pluralize correctly:

  • The plural of most nouns is formed by adding -s to the singular.
        apple > apples
  • Common nouns ending in -ch (soft), -sh, -s, -ss, -x, -z or -zz usually form their plurals by adding -es.
        fox > foxes
  • Proper nouns ending in -s always add -es.
        Charles > Charleses
  • Common nouns ending in -y preceded by a vowel usually form their plurals by adding -s.
        guy > guys
  • Common nouns ending in -y preceded by a consonant or by qu change the -y to -i and add -es.
        baby > babies

**NOTE: Plural nouns do not take apostrophes. 100 computers, 99 balloons

However, the word “deers” is an accepted plural although it is rarely used. The word “deer” is one of those words that has irregular plural forms. Other irregulars include words like “sheep” and “fish”. 

Now, what are the possessive and plural possessive forms of “deer”?
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This information is from the Improving Communications Effective Business Writing class. If you’re looking for ways to improve your communication skills, register for one of the public classes.

Photo Credit: Davide Vizzini

Other Resources:

Plural Rules

How to Pluralize Family Names

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