Forming the plural of nouns

Some useful rules for forming the plural of nouns in English. Part of the English4.today Quick Tip Video series.

The plural form of a noun indicates more than one.

  • The plural form is usually formed by adding an s or es. 
  • Nouns that end in a consonant followed by a y are made plural by dropping the y and adding ies.
  • Nouns that end in a vowel followed by a y are made plural by adding s.
  • Nouns that end in f or fe drop the f or fe and add ves.
  • Some irregular nouns have special plural forms. 

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