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Rules for Plurals - s, es, ies, ves

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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.
Examples:
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.
Examples:
fox – foxes,
dish – dishes,
dress – dresses.

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

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

Curriculum

  • 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...

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