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Last reply by: Professor Hendershot
Tue Oct 22, 2013 12:36 PM

Post by Beverly Terry on October 14, 2013

I am confused by one of the practice sentences: If one legal brief is good, two legal briefs is better. I thought it should say, "...two legal briefs are better."

Also, English Rule #4: Dominos (no es) is listed with potatoes. Is that plural correct?

Forming Plurals

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Lesson Overview 0:10
  • Five Rules for English Plurals 0:43
    • 1. Add an 'S' to Most Words
    • 2. Add an 'es' to Words Ending In 'x', 's', 'sh', or 'ch'
    • 3. When a Word Ends in a Consonant Plus 'y', Change the 'y' to 'ie' then Add 's'
    • 4. Add 'es' to Nouns Ending in a Long 'o' Preceded by a Consonant (Except Musical Terms and Loanwords)
    • 5. For Many Words Ending in 'f' or 'fe' Change 'f' or 'fs' to 'v' then Add 's' or 'es'
  • Plurals for Foreign Words 3:22
    • How English Creates Plurals From Foreign Words
    • Most Relevant with Words Derived from Greek and Latin
    • Latin Words Ending With 'um' Usually Form a Plural with Ending 'a'
    • Latin Words Ending With 'us' Usually Form a Plural with Ending 'i'
    • Latin Words Ending With 'a' Usually Form a Plural With The Ending 'ae'
    • Greek Words Ending With 'is' Usually Form a Plural With Ending 'es'
    • Greek Words Ending With 'on' Usually Form a Plural With Ending 'a'
  • Practice 5:23
  • Practice Answers 6:13
  • Ways To Improve Your Spelling 8:14
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