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    Write a rule for making the plurals of words ending with O

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    Most of the time we add es to pluralize words ending in o: hero, heroes; potato, potatoes; tomato, tomatoes. However, there are plenty of exceptions: halo, halos; cameo, cameos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thomas
    Write a rule for making the plurals of words ending with O
    I agree with Ron, there really are no rules. Memorization is the only reliable method.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thomas
    Write a rule for making the plurals of words ending with O
    The following rules are incorrect. Sorry. Please ignore them. The correct information is provided further below in another post, Wed Mar 24, 2004 2:39 am

    There are three general rules.

    1. Add -es if the word ends in consonant+o:
    hero, heroes
    potato, potatoes
    tomato, tomatoes.

    2. Add -s if the word ends in sonorants "lo", "mo", "no":
    halo, halos
    memo, memos
    lino, linos

    3. Add -s if the word ends in a vowel+o
    cameo, cameos
    oreo, oreos
    hoe, hoes

    All the best,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Quote Originally Posted by thomas
    Write a rule for making the plurals of words ending with O
    There are three general rules.

    1. Add -es if the word ends in consonant+o:
    hero, heroes
    potato, potatoes
    tomato, tomatoes.

    2. Add -s if the word ends in sonorants "lo", "mo", "no":
    halo, halos
    memo, memos
    lino, linos

    3. Add -s if the word ends in a vowel+o
    cameo, cameos
    oreo, oreos
    hoe, hoes

    All the best,
    Those are pretty good, Cas. Still there are so many exceptions. :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Quote Originally Posted by thomas
    Write a rule for making the plurals of words ending with O
    There are three general rules.

    1. Add -es if the word ends in consonant+o:
    hero, heroes
    potato, potatoes
    tomato, tomatoes.

    2. Add -s if the word ends in sonorants "lo", "mo", "no":
    halo, halos
    memo, memos
    lino, linos

    3. Add -s if the word ends in a vowel+o
    cameo, cameos
    oreo, oreos
    hoe, hoes

    All the best,
    Here's another: patio, patios. However, hoe ends in e. :wink:

    Also, how about domino? That one (and several others) takes either s or es to make a plural.

    :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Quote Originally Posted by thomas
    Write a rule for making the plurals of words ending with O
    There are three general rules.

    1. Add -es if the word ends in consonant+o:
    hero, heroes
    potato, potatoes
    tomato, tomatoes.

    2. Add -s if the word ends in sonorants "lo", "mo", "no":
    halo, halos
    memo, memos
    lino, linos

    3. Add -s if the word ends in a vowel+o
    cameo, cameos
    oreo, oreos
    hoe, hoes

    All the best,
    Those are pretty good, Cas. Still there are so many exceptions. :wink:
    Are there? Let's look at them. Please, feel free to post them. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Quote Originally Posted by thomas
    Write a rule for making the plurals of words ending with O
    There are three general rules.

    1. Add -es if the word ends in consonant+o:
    hero, heroes
    potato, potatoes
    tomato, tomatoes.

    2. Add -s if the word ends in sonorants "lo", "mo", "no":
    halo, halos
    memo, memos
    lino, linos

    3. Add -s if the word ends in a vowel+o
    cameo, cameos
    oreo, oreos
    hoe, hoes

    All the best,
    Those are pretty good, Cas. Still there are so many exceptions. :wink:
    Are there? Let's look at them. Please, feel free to post them. :)
    Well, leaving aside the many that have both -os and -oes endings, here are about 40:

    mambo/mambos
    gumbo/gumbos
    bimbo/bimbos
    dumbo/dumbos
    gazebo/gazebos
    jumbo/jumbos
    lobo/lobos
    limbo/limbos
    mumbo-jumbo/mumbo-jumbos
    placebo/placebos
    umbo/umbos
    turbo/turbos
    amigo/amigos
    banco/bancos
    bunco/buncos
    bunko/bunkos
    bronco/broncos
    calico/calicos
    coco/cocos
    disco/discos
    flamenco/flamencos
    loco/locos
    politico/politicos
    portico/porticos
    taco/tacos
    tobacco/tobaccos
    avocado/avocados
    credo/credos
    condo/condos
    commando/commandos
    crescendo/crescendos
    hairdo/hairdos
    judo/judos
    kiddo/kiddos
    libido/libidos
    rondo/rondos
    rancho/ranchos
    speedo/speedos
    toledo/toledos
    tostado/tostados
    tournedo/tournedos
    weirdo/weirdos

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Quote Originally Posted by thomas
    Write a rule for making the plurals of words ending with O
    There are three general rules.

    1. Add -es if the word ends in consonant+o:
    hero, heroes
    potato, potatoes
    tomato, tomatoes.

    2. Add -s if the word ends in sonorants "lo", "mo", "no":
    halo, halos
    memo, memos
    lino, linos

    3. Add -s if the word ends in a vowel+o
    cameo, cameos
    oreo, oreos
    hoe, hoes

    All the best,
    Those are pretty good, Cas. Still there are so many exceptions. :wink:
    Are there? Let's look at them. Please, feel free to post them. :)
    Well, leaving aside the many that have both -os and -oes endings, here are about 40:

    mambo/mambos
    gumbo/gumbos
    bimbo/bimbos
    dumbo/dumbos
    gazebo/gazebos
    jumbo/jumbos
    lobo/lobos
    limbo/limbos
    mumbo-jumbo/mumbo-jumbos
    placebo/placebos
    umbo/umbos
    turbo/turbos
    amigo/amigos
    banco/bancos
    bunco/buncos
    bunko/bunkos
    bronco/broncos
    calico/calicos
    coco/cocos
    disco/discos
    flamenco/flamencos
    loco/locos
    politico/politicos
    portico/porticos
    taco/tacos
    tobacco/tobaccos
    avocado/avocados
    credo/credos
    condo/condos
    commando/commandos
    crescendo/crescendos
    hairdo/hairdos
    judo/judos
    kiddo/kiddos
    libido/libidos
    rondo/rondos
    rancho/ranchos
    speedo/speedos
    toledo/toledos
    tostado/tostados
    tournedo/tournedos
    weirdo/weirdos
    That's quite a list--quite a long list. Where did you find all those?

    :)

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