Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Foreign Plural forms

These nouns have irregular plural forms. They often make their plurals according to the rules of the language they were taken from (e.g. Latin or Greek). Sometimes there is more than one plural form possible or these forms have different meanings. Always use a good dictionary when using foreign plurals. Here are some examples.

SingularPlural
analysisanalyses
appendixappendixes/appendices
axisaxes
basisbases
cactuscactuses/cacti
criterioncriteria
datumdata
diagnosisdiagnoses
indexindexes/indices
mediummediums/media
oasisoases
octopusoctopuses/octopi
phenomenonphenomena
syllabussyllabuses/syllabi
thesistheses

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