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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
The plurals of 'louse' and 'mouse' are 'lice' and 'mice', but the plural of 'house' is 'houses'.
  • 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
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
'Hero' adds 'es' in the plural, but the other two only add 's'.
  • 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
\'Boot\' and \'root\' add \'s\', but \'foot\' changes to \'feet\'.
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