The Thomas Hardye School

Weekly Literacy Focus

Week Four

September 26th 2016

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Making Plurals

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Making plurals – some rules

1. Add -s to regular plurals. Adding an s is all you need to do to form a regular plural: file/files, centre/centres, girl/girls, book/books, pen/pens, computer/computers.


2. Adding -es to words ending in -ch, -ss, -sh, -x, -z to form a plural: wash/washes, box/boxes, match/matches, glass/glasses
*There's one exception to this rule. If the -ch ending is pronounced with a 'k' then add -s (stomach/stomachs)


3. Changing to -ves or -fs.
Some words ending in -f or -fe change to -ves: knife/knives, life/lives, wife/wives, shelf/shelves
*exceptions add -s - proof/proofs, chief/chiefs, belief / beliefs. There are many exceptions – you need to listen for the sound of the word.
Words ending in -ff add -s cliffs, sniffs, toffs, stiffs, tiffs...

 

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miss => miss + es => misses
kiss => kiss + es => kisses
watch => watch + es => watches
teach => teach + es => teaches
wash => wash + es => washes
push => push + es => pushes
mix => mix + es => mixes
fix => fix + es => fixes
buzz => buzz + es => buzzes

 

  • knife => knives
  • hoof => hooves
  • self => selves
  • elf => elves
  • half => halves
  • leaf => leaves

 

You try:

1.    box

2.    branch

3.    brush

4.    bus

5.    dish

6.    dress

7.    fetch

8.    fox

9.    gas

10.   fizz

11.   glass

12.   kiss

13.   lunch

14.   march

15.   rush

16.   sandwich

17.   stitch

18.   tax

19.   wish

20.   loaf

21.   calf

22.   half

23.   knife

24.   life

25.   thief

26.   wife

27.   sheaf

28.   shelf

 Answers

1.       boxes
2.       branches
3.       brushes
4.       buses
5.       dishes
6.       dresses
7.       fetches
8.       foxes
9.       gases
10.   fizzes
11.   glasses
12.   kisses
13.   lunches
14.   marches
15.   rushes
16.   sandwiches
17.   stitches
18.   taxes
19.   wishes
20.   loaves
21.   calves
22.   halves
23.   knives
24.   lives
25.   thieves
26.   wives
27.   sheaves
28.   shelves

 

 

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