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Investigate Spelling Rules and Exceptions in Plurals

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

'Investigate Spelling Rules and Exceptions in Plurals' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Transcription

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

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

The most common way to change a singular noun to a plural one is to simply add an s. There are some basic rules for pluralising nouns.

 

Changing y to ies

puppy    puppies

lorry      lorries

teddy    teddies           

 

three puppies                                

 

Changing fe to ves:

knife    knives

wolf     wolves

leaf      leaves

 

autumn leaves

 

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. Confusing, isn't it?

 

confused child

 

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

tomato    tomatoes

radio       radios

 

tomatoes

 

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

sheep    sheep

fish        fish

 

 a flock of sheep

 

There are also words that change completely in the plural:

person    people

mouse    mice

child       children

 

two mice

 

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

 

Let's move on to the questions now.

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