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Sunday, December 8, 2013

The Top 10 Mistakes Using Nouns With Irregular Plurals

The Top 10 Mistakes Using Nouns With Irregular Plurals

To make most countable nouns plural in English, you usually add an ‘s’ at the end, for example, dog – dogs. However, some nouns do not follow this rule and have an irregular plural form. The following list shows the ten nouns with irregular plural forms that cause the most difficulty for advanced learners of English. The words on the left show the singular form of the noun and the words on the right show the correct plural form:

Singular                                 Plural
1  life  ----------------------------> lives
2   child  -------------------------> children
3   belief  ------------------------> beliefs
4   country  ---------------------> countries
5   company  -------------------> companies
6   hero  -------------------------> heroes
7   wife  -------------------------> wives
8  city  --------------------------> cities
9   sheep  -----------------------> sheep
10  activity  -------------------- activities

Source: Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary.

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