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Module 13

Singular and plural

“Singular and Plural” simply means: “One and Many”

Read the extract and:

1. underline all the singular nouns.

2. circle the plural nouns in RED .

Punk Cat and Pasha, her mate, are raising a litter of kittens. Gemma, our little hairy friend, is very interested in the sleeping, breathing pile of fur, noses, ears, paws and tails.

What letter do you find at the end of each plural noun? ___

Yes! Most singular nouns gain an –s when changed to the plural form.

Some words change slightly in the plural form. Help Pasha to teach Gemma how to discover the simple, yet valuable, clues and help them to use the clues in the rules.

The first one is done for you.Look for CLUES ! Let me show you!

Singular noun On what letter/s does the singular noun end? Plural noun
class ss classes
box x boxes
coach ch coaches
bush sh bushes
bus s buses

What was added to the word when it changed to the plural form?

That’s right! ES

Now try these!

city cities
fly flies
country countries

(Clue: what is found before the –y?)

If a noun ends in ‘y’ following a consonant, change the __

day ay ay
monkey ey ey
toy oy oy

(Clue: what is found before the –y?)

f shelves
f roofs
fe wives

(This one is tricky!)

When a noun ends in a single ____ or ___, change the ‘f’ into __

potato o es
tomato o es
mosquito o es

There is no firm rule for these words. Some plurals end in ‘es’; others only take an ‘s’. (All musical terms end in ‘-os’.)

Some nouns don’t really have rules as to how they change.

Take a look and then add a couple of your own examples:

mouse - mice

foot - feet

child - children

woman - women

Write down your own examples.

Can you think of any nouns that do not change in the plural form? In other words, they stay the same,

Write down a few examples.

  1. Change these singular nouns into the plural form:
1.1 baby 1.2 thief
1.3 calf 1.4 bull
1.5 chief 1.6 chimney
1.7 cry 1.8 water
1.9 secretary 1.10 elf
1.11 journey 1.12 torch
1.13 fox 1.14 atlas
1.15 key 1.16 story
1.17 silo 1.18 radio
1.19 house 1.20 louse
  1. Change these nouns into their singular form:
2.1 batteries 2.2 buffaloes
2.3 buck 2.4 wolves
2.5 churches 2.6 infernos
2.7 memories 2.8 heroes
2.9 trolleys 2.10 remedies
2.11 batteries 2.12 mice
2.13 buck 2.14 elephants
2.15 churches 2.16 benches
2.17 memories 2.18 geese
2.19 trolleys 2.20 women

[LO 6.1.1; 6.1.4; 6.2.3]


LO 2

SPEAKING The learner will be able to communicate effectively in spoken language in a wide range of situations.

We know this when the learner:

2.1 communicates experiences, ideas and information in different and fairly challenging contexts for different audiences and purposes:

2.1.1 uses language thoughtfully for interpersonal communication (e.g. praising someone’s efforts, disagreeing with someone);

2.1.4 describes events, presents feedback, and gives directions clearly and in an understandable way;

2.2 uses interaction strategies to communicate effectively in group situations:

2.2.1 takes turns, stays on topic, asks relevant questions, maintains discussion and responds to other’s ideas with empathy and respect;

2.2.3 uses appropriate intonation and facial expressions;

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