No Apostrophes in Plurals!

I am certain this will be someone’s pet peeve.

A lot of writers are using an apostrophe to form plurals of nouns, which is simply wrong. The information below shows how to create plurals of nouns based on their ending letter in the singular form. 

The biggest takeaway here, I hope, is that we do NOT use an apostrophe to make a regular word plural. 

BUT: The only exception is when we are forming plurals of single letters, such as A or I. We can write “She got all A’s on her exams” because without the apostrophe, the two letters (As) can be read as “as.”

Isn’t English fun? 

NEVER use an apostrophe to make regular nouns plural.

Nouns ending in s, x, ch, and sh: add es
mess-messes   tax-taxes   church-churches   brush-brushes

Nouns ending with consonant + y,
change y to i and add s
company-companies   baby-babies   curry-curries

Most others, add s (yes, even foreign words)
taco-tacos   house-houses   cat-cats   Monday-Mondays

Even when the word is a verb, we still do NOT use an apostrophe to create a different form.

I tend to do that. She tends to do that.

I cry / fly / sigh / lie.  She cries / flies / sighs / lies.

I lose / move my keys sometimes. She loses / moves her keys sometimes.

I lurch. She lurches.

Isn’t English fun?

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