Plural Forms - Common Nouns
NonStandard Plural Forms of Common Nouns
Another tricky aspect of the English language is forming the plural form of certain common nouns. The standard way to pluralize a word in English is to add an "s" at the end of the word. However, there are many exceptions to this.
Many of these non-standard or irregular plurals are non-intuitive, and the only way to know them is to memorize them, or failing that, look them up in a dictionary. Below is a list showing the non-standard plural form of some of the more common nouns.
attennae (feelers); or antennas (areials)
appendixes or appendices
formulas or formulae
forums (NOT fora)
indexes (book); or indices (math, statistics)
mediums or media (see dictionary for context)
memorandums or memoranda
symposiums or symposia
The above are the best examples I could come up with when I researched and wrote this page. If you think of other non-standard plural forms, go ahead and add them to your own list. If you think of a good one that I missed, please e-mail it to me via the "Contact" link at the bottom of this page.
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