Teaching Kids about Nouns with a Lot of Different Plurals

Some nouns have several plurals. One of them eventually dies off, but it confuses children (and adult) until it does.  

Some of them like “fishes” are hotly debated for centuries. Scientist love the word “fishes” but we as teachers usually use the word “fish” when talking about the plural of fish. Can you say the word “fishes”?  I can’t! If you turn on the discovery channel all they talk about are “fishes.”




person persons people
die dice dies
pig pigs swine
iris iris irises
sow sows swine
brother brothers brethren
cannon cannons cannon
child children childer
cloth cloths clothes
fish fish fishes
penny pennies pence
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