Do You Know These Tricky Plurals?

EDUCATION

By: Annette

5 Min Quiz

When you have more than one alumnus, you have ______.

When you have more than one alumnus, you have alumni. Also, when you have multiple cactus, you have cacti.

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One axis comes together with another axis to be _______.

Two axis make multiple axes. There are multiple axes in a geometric shape.

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To have more than one appendix in a book is to have ______.

When there is more than one appendix in a book, there are appendices. But gosh, isn't one appendix enough?

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Not only did she have one beau, she had many amorous ______.

To have one beau is plenty for most ladies. But sometimes several beaux are even better.

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There was a host of bacteria, made of many individual _______.

Bacteria is actually a tricky plural! The singular version would be bacterium.

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After having one child, he decided that he wanted several ______.

He had one child that he loved dearly. That made him want several children.

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One criterion can become several _______.

One criterion can become several criteria. Did you realize that criteria was a plural word?

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One deer joined the gang of other ______.

One deer joined the gang of other deer. This is an example of a singular that is the same as the plural.

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Not only did she have one foot, but she also had two ______.

She was lucky enough to not only have one foot, but also two feet. Sometimes it's the little things that are most profound.

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The bug was blessed with two ______.

There are two options for the word "antenna." You can either say antennae or antennas.

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Instead of having lice, the kid only had one ______.

It's terrible when a kid gets lice. But it's much easier when a kid only has one louse.

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Speaking of louse, it's worse to have mice than one _______.

Just as lice are made of many louse, so mice are made of many mouse. We went all Doctor Seuss on that one, y'all.

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His camera had more than one focus, which made up many ______.

Focus has two options when it comes to tricky plurals. There are foci and there are focuses.

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One cell has a nucleus, and several cells have _______.

One cell has a nucleus, and several cells have nuclei. This is similar to radius and radii.

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The sick man needed more than one analysis. He needed several _______.

To have one analysis seems plenty. But some folks need several analyses to figure out what's going on.

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She stayed on a temporary basis. But the group stayed on temporary _______.

One person will stay on a temporary basis. But several people will stay on temporary bases.

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The book had more than one index, which are called _______.

There are two options for the word "index." You can have either indices or indexes. Some folks even think you can have indeces!

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The painting featured several _______.

Here is another word that has two plural forms. Tableau can be many tableaux or tableaus.

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More than one ox make up ______.

More than one ox makes up oxen. Just as more than one woman makes up women.

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She had to design several ______ for the school.

She had to design several curricula for the school. That would be the plural of curriculum.

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She didn't have much data, but rather, one ______.

Did you know that there was a singular version of "data"? That would be datum, of course.

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One lonely fish wanted to join a school of _______.

One lonely fish wanted to join a school of fish. Many singular fish make up more fish.

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He didn't have the means to support himself, because he needed more ______.

He didn't have the means to support himself, because he needed more means. One means leads to several means.

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One goose joined the other ______.

One goose joined the other geese. That would be a gaggle of geese!

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The formula was broken down into several ______.

One formula can be broken into several formulae or formulas. Everyone has an opinion on this one.

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One nebula can turn into several _______.

One nebula can turn into several nebulae. Can they be nebulas as well? Yup.

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It would be odd for a person to be born with several _______.

It would be odd for a person to be born with several vertebrae. That would be the plural for vertebra.

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One aqua vita can turn into many aqua ______.

One aqua vita can turn into several aqua vitae. Put plainly, aqua vita is a Latin kind of booze.

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The fungus grew into several _______.

Here we have another singular that has many plurals. More than one fungus become fungi or funguses.

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She was so sensitive that a singular stimulus was too many ________.

She was so sensitive that a singular stimulus was too many stimuli. Don't even get her started on stimuluses (not a word).

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One crisis led to several _______.

One crisis led to several crises. Thank goodness there are no such things as crisises.

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One oasis in the desert is good, but many ______ in the desert is better.

One oasis in the desert is good, but several oases in the desert is better. You can't ever have too many oases.

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"The Matrix" was a great movie, but the _______ trilogy combined were the best.

One "Matrix" movie on its own is great. But the more Matrices or Matrixes the better.

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The government is made up of several ______.

There is the bureau of investigation. Then there are the bureaus and bureaux of all other sorts of things.

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The strange animal was not of one genus, but of several ______.

The strange animal was not of one genus, but several genera. (Not sure that that is even possible.)

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Plurals can be the bane of the English speaker's existence. But not for you, brave quizzer! Because once you conquer this tricky plurals quiz, you're going to know that you stand apart from the rest.

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