Irregular plurals of nouns


If you would like to find out more about NELS in 日本語, click here.

Now I’m sure you all know that to make most nouns plural (more than one) you just add -s, right? One pen, two penS. Easy, isn’t it? And I’m sure you know that after one potato, you get two potatoES. Also, that man becomes mEn, and  woman becomes womEn (be careful of the pronunciation though – /ˈwɪmɪn/), and a child becomes childREN.

But do you always remember what happens to  a sheep, a deer and a mouse?

And what about more uncommon words like fungus and crisis? And actually, WHY do they have special plural forms?

Find out here, and you can also practice your pronunciation too.



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  1. Thanks for teaching us about ” Irregular plurals of nouns ” !
    It was especially good study of learning ” Latin/ Greek words ” and pronouncing them.
    There were a lot of new words!
    I need to repeat to pronounce them , then to memorize them.
    And I didn’t know that both of ” – S & – ES ” were OK such as ” Mango – MangoS or Mangoes “.

    I have 2 questions about the pronunciations of ” Vertebrae & Fungi “.

    ON the blog, the speaker pronounced ” Vertebrae ” was ” ve:t∂brie ” and ” Fungi ” was ” f∧ngai ” , but in my dictionary, they said that ” ve: t∂brei ” and ” ve:t∂bri: ” and ” Fungi ” was ” f∧ngai ” and ” f∧ngi: “, so how do you pronounce them ?
    Please let me know.


  2. Yuki
    There is often more than one way to correctly pronounce a word, and this is the case for both fungi and vertebrae.
    fungi: /ˈfʌŋɡiː/ or /ˈfʌŋɡai/
    vertebrae: /ˈvəːtɪbreɪ/ or /ˈvəːtɪbriː/
    Now try slipping those words into your conversations in English so you get the chance to practice using them! 😉


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