Examples of Irregular Plural Nouns
Plural nouns that end in ves:
- More than one elf = elves
- More than one calf = calves
- More than one knife = knives
- More than one loaf = loaves
- More than one shelf = shelves
- More than one wolf = wolves
- More than one loaf = loaves
Irregular nouns made plural by changing vowels, changing the word, or adding a different ending:
- More than one man = men
- More than one person = people
- More than one mouse = mice
- More than one child = children
- More than one foot = feet
- More than one goose = geese
- More than one tooth = teeth
- More than one louse = lice
- More than one cactus = cacti
- More than one appendix = appendices
- More than one ox =oxen
Some irregular plural nouns have the same spelling as their singular form such as scissors, pants, bison, deer, and sheep.And then some animal nouns become plural by keeping the same spelling as the singular form or by adding an s or es.
- More than one cod = cod or cods
- More than one shrimp = shrimp or shrimps
- More than one fish = fish or fishes
- More than one quail = quail or quails
TASK A: irregular plurals
TASK B: Continue the story
write the next chapter. Try to keep the tone and style consistent with what you have read.
From Darkness at Noon
THE CELL DOOR SLAMMED BEHIND RUBASHOV. He remained leaning against the door for a few seconds, and lit a cigarette. On the bed to his right lay two fairly clean blankets, and the straw mattress looked newly filled. The wash-basin to his left had no plug, but the tap functioned. The can next to it had been freshly disinfected, it did not smell.
The walls on both sides were of solid brick, which would stifle the sound of tapping, but where the heating and drain pipe penetrated it, it had been plastered and resounded quite well; besides, the heating pipe itself seemed to be noise-conducting. The window started at eye-level; one could see down into the courtyard without having to pull oneself up by the bars. So far everything was in order.
He yawned, took his coat off, rolled it up and put it on the mattress as a pillow. He looked out into the yard. The snow shimmered yellow in the double light of the moon and the electric lanterns. All round the yard, along the walls, a narrow track had been cleared for the daily exercise. Dawn had not yet appeared; the stars still shone clear and frostily, in spite of the lanterns. On the rampart of the outside wall, which lay opposite Rubashov’s cell, a soldier with slanted rifle was marching the hundred steps up and down; he stamped at every step as if on parade. From time to time the yellow light of the lanterns flashed on his bayonet.
Rubashov took his shoes off, still standing at the window. He put out his cigarette, laid the stump on the floor at the end of his bedstead, and remained sitting on the mattress for a few minutes. He went back to the window once more. The courtyard was still; the sentry was just turning; above the machine-gun tower he saw a streak of the Milky Way.
Noon – mitt på dagen, middagstid
Straw mattress – madrass
wash-basin – tvättställ
stifle – tysta
plastered – gipsad