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Singular and Plural


Read through the explanations and examples, do the exercise that follows.

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Plural Forms Exercise

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Countable / Uncountable

Singular Plural Examples


SingularPluralNo Singular FormNo Plural Form
pencil
car
city
woman
book
dictionary
lesson
foot
pencils
cars
cities
women
books
dictionaries
lessons
feet
cattle
trousers
scissors
pliers
police
glasses
pants
shorts
news
information
measles
furniture
baggage
advice
knowledge
rubbish


Forming Plurals Table


Forming PluralsSingularPlural
a. Most nouns take S at the end of their singular forms.camera
lesson
cameras
lessons
b. If the noun ends in S, Z, CH, SH, O, SS, or X, we add ES.potato
pass
tax
potatoes
passes
taxes
* EXCEPTIONS.radio
photo
radios
photos
c. If the noun ends in F or Fe, change F or FE to V, and add - ES.knife
wife
thief
shelf
knives
wives
thieves
shelves
d. If the noun ends in Y preceded by a consonant, change Y to I; and add -ES(ies)fly
baby
country
city
flies
babies
countries
cities
e. Some nouns have irregular plural formschild
foot
tooth
man
sheep
children
feet
teeth
men
sheep


Singular Plural Verb TO BE


a. A library is a useful building.
Libraries are useful buildings.

b. She is a clever girl.
They are clever girls.

c. Is it a new shelf?
Are they new shelves?

d. Are these boys hungry?
Is this boy hungry?

e. He isn't a worker.
They aren't workers.


Quick Exercise


Change the following sentences from singular to plural or from plural to singular as in the examples.

1. She is a beautiful lady.
.

2. A book is a good friend.
.

3. A car is a useful invention.
.

4. She is a tall girl.
.

5. It is an old church.
.

6. Is this man a worker?
?

7. Is he a famous person?
?

8. These pants belong to those women.
.

9. Are the students in the classroom?
?

10. These glasses aren't for those women.
.

11. Are the bottles on the table?
?

12. The brush is under the chair.
.

13. I am not a famous woman.
.

14. The pencils aren't in the boxes.
.

15. I like those barbies.
.

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