Monday, October 23, 2017

Writing Tip 1: What Are Plural Nouns?


Nouns are people, places, animals or things. Plural means more than one. So, a plural noun is a noun that is more than one. To make most nouns plural, you just add an ‘s’ to the end of the noun.

Here’s an example: Jerk (singular or one) -> Jerks (plural)

But sometimes adding an ‘s’ to the end of the noun will not make it plural – rather, it will make the spelling of the word absolutely incorrect. This is because some nouns are irregular, like that weird black bump on the top of your left shoulder (you should really get that checked out).

To make an irregular noun plural, sometimes you just leave the spelling as is and don’t add anything to it. Other times, the entire spelling of the noun is changed.

For example: To make the word “sheep” plural, you just leave it as is. One sheep, five sheep. To make the word goose plural, you change its spelling to “geese.” One goose, five geese.

“But how would I know which noun is regular and which is irregular?” you may ask. Well, to figure this out, you must take a long, mystical journey. You must travel to your nearest library (or bookstore) and pick up a book with a title and cover that entices you. Then, you must read it. Read it until there are no longer any pages for you to read. When you are done reading the book, pick up another one that fascinates you and read it…

Just read. Anything. The more you read the more familiar you will be with words and spelling.

So, here’s a little recap of the rules we learned today:
  1. Regular Nouns: add an ‘s’ to make it plural
  2. Irregular Nouns: keep the spelling the same or change the entire spelling.
  3. Read more to learn and familiarize yourself with the spelling of words.

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