Only a Genius Can Identify the Plurals of These Words!

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What is the plural of cactus?

Cacti is the plural of cactus. Did you know that there are roughly 1,750 species of cacti?

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Do you know the plural of echo?

Yup, you've got to add an "e" to get the plural for this word. The word "echo" stems from a Greek word for "sound."

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What is the plural of goose?

The plural of goose is geese. The word "goose" hails from an old German word.

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Do you know the plural of calf?

The plural of calf is calves. Calves are baby cattle. If their meat is eaten when they are young, it is called veal.

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What is the plural of diagnosis?

The plural of diagnosis is diagnoses. We tend to think of diagnoses as medical results, but the term is also used in engineering and computer science.

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What is the plural of deer?

The plural of deer is actually deer. The word "deer" stems from the Old English word, "der."

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Do you know the plural of syllabus?

The plural of syllabus is syllabi. Words that become plural by adding an "i" typically have Latin roots.

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What is the plural of potato?

The plural of potato is potatoes. Potato is often a tricky word for some people to begin with, and they might spell the singular form with an "e" as in potatoe, which is not correct.

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Do you know the plural of louse?

The plural of louse is lice. Many people have never even heard the word louse because we know that these little critters rarely appear singularly.

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What is the plural of knife?

The plural of knife is knives. The word knife can be either a noun or a verb depending on how it is used. For instance, "She used her knife to knife the robber."

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Do you know the plural of thesis?

The plural of thesis is theses. The word "thesis" stems from a Greek word that means "to set down."

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What is the plural of fish.

The plural of fish is actually fish. So, to correct Tony Soprano, you don't sleep with the fishes, you sleep with the fish.

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What is the plural of datum?

The plural of datum is data. Unfortunately, the word datum is used so rarely that many people don't know what it is. We tend to think of datum in the plural, and most of us can recognize data, not datum.

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Do you know the plural of veto?

The plural of veto is vetoes. Most words that end in "o" just add an "s" for the plural form, but veto is one of those words, like tomato and potato, that become plural by adding an "es."

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What is the plural of foot.

The plural of foot is feet. We sincerely hope you got this one right.

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What is the plural of wife?

The plural of wife is wives. The word wife stems from the Middle English word "wif."

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Do you know the plural of life?

The plural of life is lives. Lives is also a verb. Confused yet?

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What is the plural of oasis?

The plural of oasis is oases. The word oasis has its roots in Latin.

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What is the plural of series?

The plural of series is series. So you can watch a series or a series of series. Our heads are spinning!

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Do you know the plural of fungus?

The plural of fungus is fungi. The mold that forms on old bread is a fungus, and so is a mushroom. But mushrooms are fungi.

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Do you know the plural of tomato?

The plural of tomato is tomatoes. Although many words that end in the letter "o" become plural by adding an "s," words like tomato, potato and echo need an "es" to become plural.

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What is the plural of tooth?

The plural of tooth is teeth. Here's a fun fact: Did you know that dogs rarely get cavities because their saliva has a higher pH than humans?

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What is the plural of elf?

The plural of elf is elves. In Norse mythology, elves were thought to be responsible for causing illnesses.

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Do you know the plural of crisis?

The plural of crisis is crises. The word crisis stems from the Greek word, krisis, which means "decision."

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What is the plural of offspring?

The plural of offspring is offspring. The word offspring stems from a series of words that mean "to descend from."

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What is the plural of vertebra?

The plural of vertebra is vertebrae. This one is tricky, because we tend to think in the plural sense when referring to vertebra, so many people refer to the singular of vertebra as vertebrae.

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What is the plural of torpedo?

The plural of torpedo is torpedoes. Like the words potato and tomato, the word torpedo needs an "es" to become plural.

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What is the plural of cul de sac?

The plural of cul de sac is culs de sac. It is the "cul" that becomes plural, not the "sac," which describes where the cul is.

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What is the plural of larva?

The plural of larva is larvae. Larva is a Latin word that means ghost.

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Do you know the plural of hero?

The plural of hero is heroes. Hero stems from the Greek word "heros."

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What is the plural of man?

The plural of man is men. The word man stems from the Middle English word "mannen."

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What is the plural of neurosis?

The plural of neurosis is neuroses. The term neurosis was termed by William Cullen in 1769.

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Do you know the plural of sheep?

The plural of sheep is sheep. So, you can have one sheep or many sheep, but you can't have sheeps or sheep's.

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Do you know the plural of antenna?

The plural of antenna is antennae. Because the word antenna has its roots in Latin, we add an "e" to the end of the word to make it plural.

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What is the plural of embargo?

The plural of embargo is embargoes. The word embargo can be a noun or a verb depending on how it is used.

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About This Quiz

Do you spend your time on the internet frustrated by the number of people who not only can't spell, but who also use plural words incorrectly? Do you pride yourself on your knowledge of not only standard plurals, but irregular plurals, too? If these statements describe you, then you just might be the genius we're looking for. We dare you to take this quiz and get all 35 questions right.

Hey, we empathize with you. People who don't use plurals correctly drive us crazy, too. But, c'mon, some of these words are downright tricky. The problem with plurals is that we just can't add an "s" to the end of every word and call it a day. The reality is that words that have Latin, Greek, and Old English roots retain their original root-age, so to speak, which means that we have to respect the roots to form the plurals. So, the plural of antenna is antennae, and the plural of fungus is fungi. But plurals aren't all doom and gloom. Toyota, the makers of the Prius, recently decided that the plural of the iconic car is "Prii." So, if you have more than one Prius, you have Prii. Digest that one for a while.

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