Pick the Proper Plural Quiz

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Plurals

You have a thing.


You add another thing.


You have two things.


Adding an s to the singular to make a plural is simple, straightforward and sensible.


Unfortunately these aren’t words you would associate with the English language. With its rules, exceptions and contradictions, no one said it was going to be easy.


Add to that the fact that a great deal of English words are derived from Latin. And another dollop are derived from the very differently structured Greek. So we use some of the original plural forms. Apart from when we don’t do that. Just cos…


Here’s a dozen of the stranger plurals noted as ‘official’. See how you do…


(Answers at the bottom of the page.)


 

The Proper Plural Quiz


Amoeba
AMOEBA?

1. Amoeba

a) Amoebo

b) Amoebae

c) Amoebem



Beef
BEEF?

2. Beef

a) Beef

b) Beefs

c) Beeves


Biceps
BICEPS?

3. Biceps

a) Biceseps

b) Boucep

c) Bicepses



Colon
COLON?

4. Colon

a) Cola

​b) Colox

c) Colos


Cul-de-sac
CUL-DE-SAC?

​5. Cul-de-sac

a) Cul-de-sacs

b) Culs-de-sac

​c) Cuil-des-sac


Deer
DEER?

6. Deer