Plural Nouns ending in 's' and 'es'


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                                                          Today Ms. Joule’s Language Corner will be continuing on our quest to acquire more about nouns. On our previous journey we explored the following about nouns:

  1. What are nouns  (The names given to animals, people, places, things and ideas)
  2. What are the two main categories of nouns?    (Nouns are categorized into the two main groups of proper nouns and common nouns. They are also further classified into eight different types; for example concrete, plural, etc. which will be later explored.) Feel free to return to previous lessons for revision. Don’t forget though, that proper nouns are the special names and the first letter is written in a capital letter. Emoticon smile with 3d glasses


Today’s lesson will be focusing on nouns that form their plural by adding‘s’ and ‘es’.

Here we will learn how to pluralize some of our NOUNS!!  Image result for free smiling faces"


These are only some of the regular ways of forming plural nouns.




Your task for this lesson are the following:

1.         Learn about what is meant by plural nouns.

2.         Learn about two ways in which nouns form their plurals – adding‘s’ and ‘es’.

There are so many fascinating things to learn about nouns!


As we glide along together on the path of discovering more about nouns, I hope you will be motivated to read more concerning our focus topic on nouns. Today, we will be viewing videos about making nouns plural. Click on this link to watch the video:  Don’t forget to make your notations. 



Scroll down to test your knowledge about plural nouns:

•           Aim of these quizzes: To test your knowledge about plural nouns.

•           Please pay keen attention but the good part is that you can always replay.

•           Once you have completed the Worksheets, we can move on to our next steps – evaluation then, finally, the conclusion.


Now: for our little test. Please be calm my lovely students, read carefully then provide the correct answer. Once again, there is no need to get anxious, you can do this. Image result for smiling faces images" Please aim independently for at least 50% of the marks to successfully complete these quizzes. Answers will be provided to show how well you are progressing.   Cute Smiley Faces | Click to zoom Go back to Smiley face wallpapers page Cute Smiley Face, Love Smiley, Animated Smiley Faces, Silly Faces, Funny Faces, Smiling Faces, Happy Faces, It's Funny, Smileys 

Singular – Plural Nouns Exercises (Tests)

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Transform each of the following words into plurals:


  1. Day
  2. Tax
  3. Taxi
  4. Toy
  5. Mountain
  6. Monkey



Choose the correct plural for each of the words that follow:


   7.  Choice

    a. choicees  b. choices c. choiceies

   8.  Box

    a. boxs  b. boxies c. boxes

    9. Owl

    a.owls  b. owlies c. owelds

   10. Lunch

     a. lunchs  b.  lunches   lunchies

  11. Class

     a. classes  b. classies   c. class



Choose the best word to fit into each of the following sentences:


      12.  Please eat the rest of your _____________.

            A – pease  B – peas  C – peies

      13. I’d like you to stop leaving your ________________ on the floor.

            A – socks  B – sockses C – sox

      14. This recipe calls for a lot of _____________.

            A – tomatos  B – tomatoes  C – tomaties

       15. My son likes to race in the ________________.

            A. -- grass   B – grasses   C – grassies

       16. We get ________________________ from the food we eat.

            A. – nutrient   B – nutrienties   C - nutrients



Answers 1-6:                                      Answers 7-11:                    Answers: 12-16:           

Days                                                      7– a                                               –B

Taxes                                                     8 – c                                             –A

Taxis                                                    9 – a                                             –B

 Toys                                                    10 – b                                            --B   

 Mountains                                          11 –a                                             --C     




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Number of correct answers:     Test 1 _________  Test 2 _________

Number of incorrect answers   Test 1 _________  Test 2 _________

Candidates result:    Test 1 _________  Test 2 _________



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Now, let us quickly review what was done:

  • Plural Nouns

Plural nouns are words used to indicate that there is more than one person, animal, place, thing, or idea. (On the other hand, singular nouns refer to one.) The difference between singular and plural nouns is simple, once you know what to look for. When you talk about more than one of anything named, you’re using plural nouns. When you write about more than one of anything, you usually use the same word, simply adding an s, es, or ies to the end. There are a few exceptions to this rule, but not many – one of the best is that a single moose is a moose, and a group of moose are still moose. Once again, we will take a look at singular and plural nouns, providing both singular nouns examples and plural noun examples to help you recognize plural nouns when you see them. 

  • Singular and Plural Nouns

Remember now, the difference between singular and plural nouns is easy to spot. When a noun indicates one only, it is a singular noun. When a noun indicates more than one, it is plural.

  • Singular Noun Examples

The following sentences contain singular nouns examples. (The nouns have been highlighted.)

The boy had a baseball in his hand.

            My horse prefers to wear an English saddle.

            That cat never seems to tire of jumping in and out of the box.



  • Plural Noun Examples


    The following sentences contain plural noun examples.


    The boys were throwing baseballs back and forth between bases.

    Our horses are much happier wearing lightweight English saddles.

    Those cats never seem to tire of chasing each other in and out of those boxes.

  • Explaining some of the rules for plurals.


  1. Add s:

For most nouns simply add s.


      ball – balls,

cat – cats.


  1. For most nouns that end in a vowel + y or o add s.

Examples: boy – boys

radio – radios.


  1. Add es:

For most nouns that end in ch, sh, s, ss, x, z add es.


fox – foxes,

dish – dishes,

dress – dresses.


  1. For nouns that end in a consonant + o add s.


volcano – volcanoes.



Ginger. Grammar Rules: Plural Nouns. Retrieved from:


Teaching Resource: Rules for Plurals – s, es, ies, ves. Australian Curriculum alignment 

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Shaw English Online. English Grammar: Singular + Plural Nouns. Retrieved from:



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a. Cognitive Objective- The student will be able to build on prior knowledge about plural nouns    as used in written and spoken terms.

b. Affective Objective- The student will be able to share their feelings, thoughts and ideas as they work cooperatively.

c. Psychomotor Objective- The student will be able to beat rhythms  on their desks as they sing along the rules for forming the plural of nouns ending in ‘es’.

 The following are the lesson objectives used to create this webquest:

1.  Explain what plural nouns are.

2. Differentiate between plural nouns and singular nouns.

3. State the rules for forming plural nouns with ‘s’s’ endings.

4. Define the term common and proper nouns.

5. List at least three nouns that form their plurals with‘s’ and ‘es’.