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Spelling: Plurals 02

This KS2 English spelling quiz takes a second look at plurals. Plurals denote more than one. Most plural nouns in English end in '-s' or '-es'. As you'll have seen in the first Plurals Quiz, sometimes the spelling of the noun changes slightly before adding the ending - 'poppy' becomes 'poppies'.

Some nouns, however, follow very old rules from centuries ago, and others don't appear to follow any rules at all! These spellings will need to be learned one by one so that you know them off by heart. An example is the word 'child'. When it becomes plural it is 'children' and not 'childs'. Not only does the spelling change, but so does the pronunciation.

See how well you know these more unusual plurals by taking this second English quiz on the subject.

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  1. Look at the word, then choose its correct plural.
    Deer
    'Deer', like 'sheep' and 'salmon', is the same whether it is singular or plural - there is one deer in the park, but many deer in the woods.
  2. Look at the word, then choose its correct plural.
    Person
    Usually 'people' is used as the plural of 'person', but 'persons' is correct in some circumstances.
  3. Look at the word, then choose its correct plural.
    Woman
    The plural of 'man' is 'men' - the plural of 'woman' is 'women'.
  4. Look at the word, then choose its correct plural.
    Mouse
    Mouse - Mice is the same as Louse - Lice.
  5. Look at the word, then choose its correct plural.
    Goose
    Goose becomes geese, but moose doesn't become meese!
  6. Look at the word, then choose its correct plural.
    Hero
    Most words ending in 'o' add '-es' for the plural.
  7. Look at the word, then choose its correct plural.
    Octopus
    Octopuses has the English ending and 'octopodes' has a Greek ending. The plural form octopi, formed according to rules for some Latin plurals, is incorrect.
  8. Look at the word, then choose its correct plural.
    Wolf
    Many words ending in 'f' or 'fe' change the 'f' to a 'v' before adding the '-s' or '-es'. The words 'loaf', 'wife', 'shelf' and 'scarf' follow this irregular rule.
  9. Look at the word, then choose its correct plural.
    Ox
    Ox - Oxen follows the same very old rule as Child - Children.
  10. Look at the word, then choose its correct plural.
    Piano
    Not all words ending in 'o' add '-es'!

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