Singular and Plural Nouns Notes On Generalizations For

Singular and Plural Nouns Notes On Generalizations For

Singular and Plural Nouns Notes On Generalizations For Spelling/Forming Plural Nouns. Singular vs. Plural A singular noun names one person, place, thing, or idea. One cat, one store, one item A plural noun names two or more persons, places, things, or ideas. Two cats, four stores, fifteen items

Generalizations for forming plural nouns: 1. For most singular nouns, add s. Singular teacher street pencil book elephant Plural teachers streets pencils books

elephants Generalizations for forming plural nouns: 2. For nouns ending with s, x, z, sh, or ch, add es. Singular gas wax waltz dish church Plural gases

waxes waltzes dishes churches Generalizations for forming plural nouns: 3. For nouns ending with a consonant and y, change the y to i and add es. For nouns ending with a vowel and y, add s. Singular sky army penny boy

alley Plural skies armies pennies boys alleys Generalizations for forming plural nouns: 4. For some nouns ending with f or fe, add s. For others, change the f to v and add s or es. (You will need to memorize the spellings for such words or look them up in a dictionary to check.

Singular belief roof loaf life knife Plural beliefs roofs loaves lives knives Generalizations for forming plural nouns:

These are a little more tricky . . . 5. For nouns that end with o, add s or es. (Again, you would need to memorize the spellings of such words or look them up in a dictionary to doublecheck.) One trick to remember: if it has to do with sound (music), just add s.Ex: cello. piano, radio Singular Plural cello cellos

piano pianos radio radios zoo zoos potato / tomato potatoes / tomatoes

Generalizations for forming plural nouns: 6. Some nouns have irregular plural forms. You will have to memorize the spelling for irregular plurals. Singular Plural child children foot feet

tooth teeth mouse mice man / woman men / women Generalizations for forming plural nouns: 7. A few nouns have the same singular and

plural forms. Singular Plural sheep sheep Chinese Chinese moose moose

grapefruit grapefruit deer deer salmon salmon Generalizations for forming plural nouns: 8. A few nouns have only plural forms.

Plural scissors jeans savings dues Generalizations for forming plural nouns: 9. A few nouns that end with s look plural but are considered singular. Singular measles news economics

dues Generalizations for forming plural nouns: Compound Nouns 10.For most compound nouns, make the most important word plural. For a compound noun written as one word, make the last part plural. For a compound noun written with hyphens or as separate words, make the key word plural. Generalizations for forming plural nouns:

One word compound nouns Separate words Hyphenated compound nouns Singular Plural billboard

billboards cupful cupfuls campground campgrounds maid of honor maids of honor attorney-at-law

attorneys-at-law step-brother step-brothers Great-grandma Great-grandmas Generalizations for forming plural nouns: 11. Letters, numbers, symbols, and words used as words are made plural by adding an apostrophe () and s. Singular

Plural # #s A As 25 25s and

ands & &s ABC & 123 ABCs & 123s Using a Dictionary: Nouns that are made plural in other ways besides just adding -s or -es can be looked up in a dictionary to check the correct spelling.

Sample Dictionary entries: dic-tion-ar-y (dik she ner e), n., pl. aries, a book containing words of a language, usually arranged alphabetically, with their meanings, pronunciations, etymologies, etc. en-try (en tre), n., pl. -tries. 1. entrance. 2. the act of recording something in a book, register, etc. 3. the item so recorded. 4. a person or thing entered in a contest. 5. a word, phrase, etc. listed alphabetically in a dictionary or reference book, usually with its definition or explanation. Multiple Choice

Which 2 words correctly complete these sentences? We bought a pair of _____ and some _____ at the yard sale. A. ski . . . dishes B. skis . . . dishs C. skies . . . dish

D. skis . . . dishes CORRECT! We bought a pair of _skis_ and some _dishes_ at the yard sale. Multiple Choice One of her _______ is studying _______ in the wild. A. hobbys . . . monkeyes

B. hobbyes . . . monkies C. hobbies . . . monkeys D. hobbys. . . monkees CORRECT! One of her _hobbies_ is studying _monkeys_ in the

wild. Multiple Choice A team of ______ pulled a wagon with three _______ inside. A. ox . . . woman B. oxen . . . women C.

oxes . . . women D. oxens . . . womans CORRECT! A team of _oxen_ pulled a wagon with three _women_ inside. Multiple Choice Near the campsite they saw two _______ and several ________. A.

deer . . . moose B. deers . . . moose C. deers . . . mooses D. deer . . . meese CORRECT!

Near the campsite they saw two _deer_ and several _moose_. Newspaper Nouns Use a newspaper or magazine article for this activity: In the article, find at least 25 singular nouns. Circle them with a colored pencil. On your own paper, make a T-chart. . . on the left side write Singular and write Plural on the right side of the T-chart. List the singular nouns you found in the article on the left side of the T-chart, then write the correct plural form of each on the right side.

Scoring Guide: You should find at least 25 singular nouns. Each of the plural nouns formed correctly from these 25 singular nouns is worth 4 points, for a total of 100. Opportunity for BONUS points: For every 5 additional singular nouns you identify, list, and form the plural of correctly, you can earn one bonus point.up to a maximum of 5 bonus points (i.e. it takes 25 additional singular nouns correctly made plural to earn all 5 bonus points but you can do it!!!) Scoring Guide: 4 points each = total points 100

100% = 25 singular nouns identified and listed with plural form spelled correctly. 96% = 24 singular nouns identified and listed with plural form spelled correctly. 92% = 23 singular nouns identified and listed with plural form spelled correctly. Etc. Grading: A = 90-100%, B = 80-89%, C = 70-79%, D = 60-69%, F = Below 60%

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