Rules to add -s/-es endings to English nouns
- From: Visa Inquirer <visa_desirer@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 18:13:58 -0700 (PDT)
I am trying to understand how English plurals form.
There are some rules in http://www2.gsu.edu/~wwwesl/egw/crump.htm.
But many items there cause questions.
Rule: ... (add) -es to those singulars that end in a sibilant sound (/
s/, /z/, /ts/, /dz/).
But why then quiz has plural quizzes?
Rule: Some nouns that end in -f or -fe are changed to -ves in the
plural: <list follows>
Is this list complete? If not is there a complete list anywhere or
should there be another rule deciding when f changes to v?
Rule: Some nouns change the vowel sound in becoming plural: <list
follows>, example goose->geese...
Is this list complete, or is there really a rule deciding how vowels
There are other rules there involving some lists causing the same
question: is there a complete list anywhere?
Are there established well recognized rules published anywhere?