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NOUNS : What is a Noun? : Abstract Nouns : Collective Nouns : Case Nouns : Possessive Nouns : Common Nouns : Gender Nouns : Plural of Compound Nouns : Proper Nouns

Plural of Compound Nouns

Plural of Compound NounsCompound nouns create the plural number (a) by making the first part of the word plural; (b) by making the second part plural; or (c) by making both parts plural.

(First part is made plural.)

Singular

EX.— My brother-in-law is skiing.
EX.— My father-in-law gave his money to charity.
EX.— I have a sister-in-law in Japan.
EX.— The heir-at-law was in court.
EX.— The general-in-chief was fired.
EX.— The man-of-war Wabash is anchored at Charlestown, N.C.
EX.— The maid-of-honor was beautiful.

Plural

EX.— My brothers-in-law are skiing.
EX.— My fathers-in-law gave their money to charity.
EX.— My sisters-in-law were coming.
EX.— The heirs-at-law were in court.
EX.— The generals-in-chief were fired.
EX.— The two men-of-war collided.
EX.— The maids-of-honor wore pink.

(Second part is made plural.)

Singular

EX.— Use one cupful of sugar, one teaspoonful of salt, and one teacupful of water.
EX.— The attorney-general was late.
EX.— The major-general is a relative of mine.

Plural

EX.— Use two cupfuls of flour, three teaspoonfuls of baking powder, and two teacupfuls of milk.

EX.— The attorney-generals arrived in time.
EX.— The major-generals came at 6 p.m.

EX.— I have one large desk.
EX.— I have two small desks.
(Both parts are made plural.)

Singular

EX.— My father is a fire fighter.
EX.— They have one car.

Plural

EX.— The fire fighters will have a parade.
EX.— They have two cars.

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NOUNS : What is a Noun? : Abstract Nouns : Collective Nouns : Case Nouns : Possessive Nouns : Common Nouns : Gender Nouns : Plural of Compound Nouns : Proper Nouns





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