teaching resource

Rules for Plurals - s, es, ies, ves

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 1 page | Years: 3 - 7

A useful poster for explaining some of the different rules for plurals.

Add s:
For most nouns simply add s.
ball – balls,
cat – cats.

For most nouns that end in a vowel + y  add s.
Example: boy – boys

Add es:
For most nouns that end in ch, sh, s, ss, x, z add es.
fox – foxes,
dish – dishes,
dress – dresses.

Add ies:
For most nouns that end in a consonant + y add ies.
baby – babies.
y – ies.

Add ves for:
For most nouns that end in f or fe.
leaf – leaves,
knife – knives.


  • ACELA1485

    Understand how to use letter-sound relationships and less common letter patterns to spell wordsElaborationsusing sound and visual spelling strategies to explore less common letter patterns after a short vowel, for example words that end in ‘dge’...

  • ACELA1514

    Explore less common plurals, and understand how a suffix changes the meaning or grammatical form of a wordElaborationsUsing knowledge of word origins and roots and related words to interpret and spell unfamiliar words, and learning about how these ro...

Teach Starter Publishing

Teach Starter Publishing

We create premium quality, downloadable teaching resources for primary/elementary school teachers that make classrooms buzz!

Find more resources like this


Write a review to help other teachers and parents like yourself. If you'd like to request a change to this resource, or report an error, select the corresponding tab above.

Login to comment
  • Robyn Shore
    Just joined up. The resources look great.
  • Cheryl McNaught
    Find the resources timesaving and great. Thank you.
    • ·
      Thanks Cheryl!
  • Aileen Howe
    I don't know why more teacher don't use this fantastic site. Thank you.

More time-saving resources!