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Investigate Spelling Patterns in Pluralisation 2

In this worksheet, students consider exceptions to the general rules for pluralisation.

'Investigate Spelling Patterns in Pluralisation 2' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Writing: Transcription

Curriculum subtopic:  Spelling Awareness (use knowledge of morphology and etymology in spelling)

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

There are some basic rules for pluralising nouns, such as changing y to ies and fe to ves.

puppy    puppies

knife    knives

 

However, not all nouns follow the rules.

The plural of roof is roofs, not rooves, but the plural of hoof can be either hoofs or hooves.

 

Some nouns ending in o add es in the plural while others just add s.

tomato    tomatoes

radio    radios

 

There are words that don't change at all in the plural.

sheep    sheep

fish    fish

 

There are also words that change completely in the plural.

person    people

mouse    mice

 

Sometimes we just have to learn the plurals, although a dictionary can be very helpful.

What is the plural of the following noun? Write it in the answer box.

 

(Use a dictionary if you are not sure.)

 

reindeer

What is the plural of the following noun? Write it in the answer box.

 

(Use a dictionary if you are not sure.)

 

potato

What is the plural of the following noun? Write it in the answer box.

 

(Use a dictionary if you are not sure.)

 

person

What is the plural of the following noun? Write it in the answer box.

 

(Use a dictionary if you are not sure.)

 

echo

What is the plural of the following noun? Write it in the answer box.

 

(Use a dictionary if you are not sure.)

 

aircraft

What is the plural of the following noun? Write it in the answer box.

 

(Use a dictionary if you are not sure.)

 

goose

Two of the following three words form their plurals in the same way, but the third one doesn't follow the same rule.

 

Which is the odd one out?

house

louse

mouse

Two of the following three words form their plurals in the same way, but the third one doesn't follow the same rule.

 

Which is the odd one out?

dish

fish

wish

Two of the following three words form their plurals in the same way, but the third one doesn't follow the same rule.

 

Which is the odd one out?

hero

patio

video

Two of the following three words form their plurals in the same way, but the third one doesn't follow the same rule.

 

Which is the odd one out?

boot

foot

root

  • Question 1

What is the plural of the following noun? Write it in the answer box.

 

(Use a dictionary if you are not sure.)

 

reindeer

CORRECT ANSWER
reindeer
EDDIE SAYS
Great effort! Reindeer does not change when talking about more than one. It remains the same as a plural. Remember you can use a dictionary to help.
  • Question 2

What is the plural of the following noun? Write it in the answer box.

 

(Use a dictionary if you are not sure.)

 

potato

CORRECT ANSWER
potatoes
EDDIE SAYS
Super effort! The trick here is to remember that most nouns that end in 'o' when making the word plural you need to add 'es'.
  • Question 3

What is the plural of the following noun? Write it in the answer box.

 

(Use a dictionary if you are not sure.)

 

person

CORRECT ANSWER
people
EDDIE SAYS
When we are talking about more than one person the word changes completely. The plural becomes 'people'. We do not say 'a group of persons'. Keep up the great effort.
  • Question 4

What is the plural of the following noun? Write it in the answer box.

 

(Use a dictionary if you are not sure.)

 

echo

CORRECT ANSWER
echoes
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get it right? Remember most nouns that end in 'o' to make the plural we add 'es' to the end of the word.
  • Question 5

What is the plural of the following noun? Write it in the answer box.

 

(Use a dictionary if you are not sure.)

 

aircraft

CORRECT ANSWER
aircraft
EDDIE SAYS
Again this is a word that does not have a plural. Even when we are talking about more than one 'aircraft'. This is called a collective word. You've got this!
  • Question 6

What is the plural of the following noun? Write it in the answer box.

 

(Use a dictionary if you are not sure.)

 

goose

CORRECT ANSWER
geese
EDDIE SAYS
Are you getting the hang of this? The plural for 'goose' changes completely and becomes 'geese'. It would not sound right to say there were 'geese's'.
  • Question 7

Two of the following three words form their plurals in the same way, but the third one doesn't follow the same rule.

 

Which is the odd one out?

CORRECT ANSWER
house
EDDIE SAYS
A tricky one. The plurals of 'louse' and 'mouse' are 'lice' and 'mice', but the plural of 'house' is 'houses'. Nearly there super star!
  • Question 8

Two of the following three words form their plurals in the same way, but the third one doesn't follow the same rule.

 

Which is the odd one out?

CORRECT ANSWER
fish
EDDIE SAYS
Excellent effort! The plurals of 'dish' and 'wish' are 'dishes' and 'wishes', but the plural of 'fish' is still 'fish'.
  • Question 9

Two of the following three words form their plurals in the same way, but the third one doesn't follow the same rule.

 

Which is the odd one out?

CORRECT ANSWER
hero
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get it correct? 'Hero' adds 'es' in the plural, but the other two only add 's'. Always use a dictionary to help you.
  • Question 10

Two of the following three words form their plurals in the same way, but the third one doesn't follow the same rule.

 

Which is the odd one out?

CORRECT ANSWER
foot
EDDIE SAYS
High five super star! 'Boot' and 'root' add 's', but 'foot' changes to 'feet'.
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