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Study the word list: -es plurals

Understanding how nouns change when moving from singular to plural form is a fundamental aspect of English grammar. Plurals indicate that there is more than one of a noun.

When a word ends in ch, s, sh, x, or z, you can turn it into a plural by adding the letters -es.

For example:

arch becomes two arches

one dress becomes two dresses

one brush becomes two brushes

one box becomes two boxes

one waltz becomes two waltzes

While this rule may seem confusing at first, our spelling activities will have you confidently forming plurals in no time. Saying each word aloud will help you embed its spelling into your memory.

arches The church had beautiful arches.
churches Some churches use incense in their rites.
latches Since the break in, we have added two more latches to our door.
stitches Mark needed seven stitches in his arm.
biases The case was infamous for the biases of several members of the jury.
dresses Spotted dresses look fabulous in the summer.
grasses We have several different grasses growing in the garden.
trespasses The farmer reported three trespasses in one week.
brushes The stable girl used three different brushes to groom her horse.
clashes We heard three cymbal clashes.
crashes There were three crashes this morning because of the ice.
washes We put on several washes to get through the laundry pile.
boxes I have lots of empty boxes.
foxes There are many foxes in my garden.
influxes Various cities have reported large influxes of tourists.
taxes The Romans made everyone pay their taxes.
waltzes Cinderella and the Prince danced eight waltzes at the ball.

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'Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check' spelling exercise for -es plurals Learn this spelling list using the 'Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check' activity.

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arches
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Write
Check

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arches
churches
latches
stitches
biases
dresses
grasses
trespasses
brushes
clashes
crashes
washes
boxes
foxes
influxes
taxes
waltzes

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