Difference between revisions of "Plural -s"

From Teflpedia
(Created page with "'''Plural -s''' is a suffix, found in English and other related languages, which are added to the singular form of count nouns to form regular plurals. It act...")
 
Line 3: Line 3:
 
Note that there may be some minor spelling changes.  Words ending [C]y change to [C]ies, e.g. baby --> babies.  Words ending in certain sounds take -es instead.
 
Note that there may be some minor spelling changes.  Words ending [C]y change to [C]ies, e.g. baby --> babies.  Words ending in certain sounds take -es instead.
  
For the [[genitive]] form, we add a [[possessive apostrophe]], but not an additional s.  e.g. "The teachers' holiday".
+
For the [[genitive]] form, to add the [[genitive 's]] morpheme, we add the apostrophe but not an additional s.  e.g. "The teachers' holiday".
  
 
This suffix is notably also found in [[French]] and [[Spanish]], some [[German]] words.
 
This suffix is notably also found in [[French]] and [[Spanish]], some [[German]] words.
Line 10: Line 10:
  
 
[[category:Suffixes|-s, plural]]
 
[[category:Suffixes|-s, plural]]
 +
[[category:Plurals|-s, plural]]

Revision as of 02:08, 15 November 2019

Plural -s is a suffix, found in English and other related languages, which are added to the singular form of count nouns to form regular plurals. It acts as a grammatical marker for grammatical number.

Note that there may be some minor spelling changes. Words ending [C]y change to [C]ies, e.g. baby --> babies. Words ending in certain sounds take -es instead.

For the genitive form, to add the genitive 's morpheme, we add the apostrophe but not an additional s. e.g. "The teachers' holiday".

This suffix is notably also found in French and Spanish, some German words.

The plural marker can be confused, even by native speakers, with genitive 's, resulting in the infamous greengrocer's apostrophe.