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  • Why Are English Plurals So Crazy? Videos and Exercises

    Have you ever wondered why English plurals are so crazy? Why we say foot and feet, but not book and beek? Why we say goose and geese, but not moose and meese? Why does child turn to children, and not childs?

    Most English speakers won’t be able to tell you why, we just know that some words are different. Thanks to a wonderful new video from TED, we can learn about how the Vikings changed English plurals, and made them easier than they were. Before that, we’ve got a quick video lesson about how plurals work in English, with an exercise.

    English Plurals Video

     

    Correct the plural words in red. Write your answer in comments and we will respond.

    1. How many persons study English as a second language?
    2. Five womans opened a computer services company.
    3. Even childrens enjoy learning on the Internet.
    4. Most basketball players are 6 foots tall or more.
    5. Which breed of sheeps produces the finest wool?
    6. My tooths are sensitive to the cold.
    7. At daylight savings time, we have to change our watchs .
    8. The boys went fishing and caught 10 fishs .
    9. There are 10 mans in the Maintenance Department.
    10. The wifes keep their knifes on the shelfs.

    So where did these crazy plurals come from? Watch the video below, then try the exercise.

    Interesting, right? Now try these listening questions. If you answer them in comments, we will respond.

    1. There are ______of ways that English doesn’t make sense.

    2. How many years ago was the plural of books ‘beek’?

    3. How many years ago was English and German the same language?

    4. _________it was like sheep is today where you don’t do anything to make a plural.

    5. Why did the English language change?

    6. At what age does it become very difficult to learn a language without an accent?

    7. Why did some irregular plurals remain?

    • Justyna

      How many people study English as a second language?
      Five women opened a computer services company.
      Even children enjoy learning on the Internet.
      Most basketball players are 6 feet tall or more.
      Which breed of sheep produces the finest wool?
      My teeth are sensitive to the cold.
      At daylight savings time, we have to change our watches .
      The boys went fishing and caught 10 fish .
      There are 10 men in the Maintenance Department.
      Five womans opened a computer services company.
      Even childrens enjoy learning on the Internet.
      Most basketball players are 6 foots tall or more.
      Which breed of sheeps produces the finest wool?
      My tooths are sensitive to the cold.
      At daylight savings time, we have to change our watchs .
      The boys went fishing and caught 10 fishs .
      There are 10 mans in the Maintenance Department.
      The wifes keep their knifes on the shelf.

      • LOIEnglish

        Justyna, Your corrections look correct. It seems that you also may have copied the incorrect versions but I am assuming that was a mistake. Thanks for answering! Did you have a try with the listening exercise?

    • Justyna

      1. There are a lot of ways that English doesn’t make sense.

      2. How many years ago was the plural of books ‘beek’?

      -The plural of book was “beek” 1 thousand years ago

      3. How many years ago was English and German the same language?

      -English ang German was the same language 25 houndred years ago3.

      4. Sheep it was like sheep is today where you don’t do anything to make a plural.

      5. Why did the English language change?

      -English language change because Vikings got married English women and forgot real kind.

      6. At what age does it become very difficult to learn a language without an accent?

      -Learning a language without an accent was difficult at about 15 years old.6.

      7. Why did some irregular plurals remain?

      Some irregular plurals remain because they added “s”.

      • LOIEnglish

        Good work. I’m glad you did the listening part of the lesson. The answer to number 7 is because they were common words. Also, number 5 you have a grammar mistake. Get married TO someone. I hope this helps.

    • Renan

      How many people study English as a second language?
      Five women opened a computer services company.
      Even children enjoy learning on the Internet.
      Most basketball players are 6 feet tall or more.
      Which breed of sheep produces the finest wool?
      My teeth are sensitive to the cold.
      At daylight savings time, we have to change our watches .
      The boys went fishing and caught 10 fish .
      There are 10 men in the Maintenance Department.
      The wives keep their knives on the shelves.

      • LOIEnglish

        Good work Renan. Have you tried the listening exercise?