In most cases, to make a Singular Noun into a Plural Noun, one only needs to add an “s” or an “es” combination to the end of the word. The Nouns which can be modified in this way are referred to as, “Regular Nouns”.
There are some Nouns which have a different spelling when they are changed from the Singular to the Plural form; other than the standard “s” or “es” ending. In Grammatical Terminology, this type of Noun is referred to as an “Irregular Noun“.
Yet Another Form
There are also other types of Nouns which have the same spelling, regardless of whether the Noun is in the Singular or the Plural form.
For A “Live” Explanation Watch The Video Below
In the video, the speaker made an interesting point about the word, “fish”. Perhaps, a better way of speaking about more than one variety of fish is to treat the word “fish” as an Un-Countable Noun (which it actually can be in some situations). In this case we need to use a quantifier to say “how much” or “how many”. Something like this…
The under-lined clauses are the quantifiers. In the first two instances of the word “fish” they are both made “plural” by the quantifier. In the last instance of the word “fish”, it is actually being used as an Un-Countable Noun, to refer to “fish” in general… (Pretty versatile little nouns they are, huh?) 😉
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