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Know Your Nouns: Singular and Plural

In this worksheet, students identify plural nouns and compare with the singular.

'Know Your Nouns: Singular and Plural' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 1

Curriculum topic:  Writing: Transcription

Curriculum subtopic:  Know Spelling Rules for Suffixes

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

A noun (a person, place or object) can be either singular or plural.

 

If a noun is singular it means that there is only one of them.

for example: puppy, boy 

 

If it is plural it means that there is more than one.

for example: puppies, boys  

Most plural nouns end in -s, but not all of them!

Some exceptions are children, sheep and women.

Read the sentence and decide whether the word in bold is a singular noun or a plural noun.

 

The cat was sitting on the wall, purring.

singular

plural

Read the sentence and decide whether the word in bold is a singular noun or a plural noun.

 

The men were watching the television and drinking beer.

singular

plural

Read the sentence and decide whether the word in bold is a singular noun or a plural noun.

 

The puppies chewed at their box and whined.

singular

plural

Read the sentence and decide whether the word in bold is a singular noun or a plural noun.

 

Please wipe your feet before you come into the house.

singular

plural

Read the sentence and decide whether the word in bold is a singular noun or a plural noun.

 

The donkey lifted up its head and brayed sadly.

singular

plural

Read the sentence and decide whether the word in bold is a singular noun or a plural noun.

 

Take care - this is a tricky one!

 

The sheep were nibbling happily at the grass.

singular

plural

Read the sentence and decide whether the word in bold is a singular noun or a plural noun.

 

This is another tricky one!

 

The deer jumped when it heard the gun and ran off through the woods.

singular

plural

All the nouns in the list are singular except one. Tick the odd one out.

girl

women

baby

boy

man

All the nouns in the list are the same in the singular and the plural except one. Tick the odd one out.

sheep

fish

deer

cow

All the nouns in the list are plural except one. Tick the odd one out.

lions

hippopotamus

zebras

giraffes

  • Question 1

Read the sentence and decide whether the word in bold is a singular noun or a plural noun.

 

The cat was sitting on the wall, purring.

CORRECT ANSWER
singular
  • Question 2

Read the sentence and decide whether the word in bold is a singular noun or a plural noun.

 

The men were watching the television and drinking beer.

CORRECT ANSWER
plural
  • Question 3

Read the sentence and decide whether the word in bold is a singular noun or a plural noun.

 

The puppies chewed at their box and whined.

CORRECT ANSWER
plural
  • Question 4

Read the sentence and decide whether the word in bold is a singular noun or a plural noun.

 

Please wipe your feet before you come into the house.

CORRECT ANSWER
plural
  • Question 5

Read the sentence and decide whether the word in bold is a singular noun or a plural noun.

 

The donkey lifted up its head and brayed sadly.

CORRECT ANSWER
singular
  • Question 6

Read the sentence and decide whether the word in bold is a singular noun or a plural noun.

 

Take care - this is a tricky one!

 

The sheep were nibbling happily at the grass.

CORRECT ANSWER
plural
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'sheep' is both singular and plural so it is the word 'were' that tells us that there were more than one sheep. If there was only one sheep the sentence would have been 'The sheep was nibbling happily at the grass.'
  • Question 7

Read the sentence and decide whether the word in bold is a singular noun or a plural noun.

 

This is another tricky one!

 

The deer jumped when it heard the gun and ran off through the woods.

CORRECT ANSWER
singular
EDDIE SAYS
This time it is the word 'it' that tells us there is only one deer. If there had been several deer the sentence would have been 'The deer jumped when they heard the gun and ran off through the woods.'
  • Question 8

All the nouns in the list are singular except one. Tick the odd one out.

CORRECT ANSWER
women
EDDIE SAYS
The singular of 'women' is 'woman'. The two words look almost the same!
  • Question 9

All the nouns in the list are the same in the singular and the plural except one. Tick the odd one out.

CORRECT ANSWER
cow
  • Question 10

All the nouns in the list are plural except one. Tick the odd one out.

CORRECT ANSWER
hippopotamus
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'hippopotamus' is singular even though it ends in -s.
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