Plurals of Words Ending In -Y Activities

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Plurals of Words Ending In -Y Activities
Plurals of nouns ending in -y simplest responses game
Without looking below, listen to your teacher and raise the “-ys” or the “-ies” card that you 
have been given, depending on what you think about the plural that you hear or think 
about the plural of the singular word that you hear. 

Cards to hold up

-ys -ies
-ys -ies
-ys -ies
-ys -ies

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Similar plurals presentation
Write the plurals of the words below. Ones on the same line have the same kind of plural. 
Try to work out the rules as you do so, and use that to help with later lines. 
Elementary
baby

battery

boy

day

dictionary

documentary

factory

French fry

holiday

key

library

nationality

photocopy

story

strawberry

university

Pre-Intermediate
ashtray

essay

accessory

activity

apology

city

country

emergency

enquiry

lady

memory

party

raspberry

reply

similarity

story

Intermediate
ability

accessory 

allergy

body

birthday

deejay

delay

highway

journey

monkey

necessity

opportunity

play

tray

university

variety

way

weekday

Upper Intermediate
alley

attorney

buoy

cowboy

currency

delivery

display

guy

homestay

motorway

mystery

policy

priority

property

puppy

obituary

quantity

query

redundancy

remedy

screenplay

survey

trolley

turkey

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Advanced
abbey

alleyway

alloy

archway

array

bay

cemetery

certainty

chimney

choirboy

cockney

convoy

curiosity

daisy

decoy

donkey

emissary

entity

envoy

fairway

fantasy

fatality

ferry

festivity

fishery

forgery

formality

functionary

galley

homeboy

identity

ideology

idiosyncrasy

impurity

inaccuracy

inconsistency

indignity

intermediary

jersey

jockey

joy

kidney

lackey

medley

melody

mercenary

methodology

missionary

monastery

monopoly

municipality

nanny

nappy

novelty

obscenity

oddity

osprey

pageboy

paperboy

passageway

pathway

payday

peculiarity

penalty

playboy

ploy

pony

poppy

possibility

principality 

pulley

quay

rarity

refinery

relay

runway

schoolboy

sickbay

slipway

stingray

stowaway

stray

sunray

tomboy

tragedy

treaty

tributary

utility

vacancy

vagary

volley

walkway

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Different plurals presentation
On each line below, one word should have a plural ending in “-ys” and the other should 
end in 
“-ies”. Add “-s” to one and change to the other in “-ies”.

Elementary
baby

boy

butterfly

day

dictionary

holiday

key

library

photocopy 

toy

Pre-Intermediate
apology

ashtray

country

essay

Intermediate
accessory 

birthday

century

deejay

delay

duty

gallery

highway

injury

journey

memory

monkey

opportunity

play

strategy

tray

university

way

weekday

worry

Upper Intermediate
alley

ally

anxiety

attorney

authority

buoy

commodity

cowboy

currency

display

enemy

guy

homestay

inequality

minority

motorway

mystery

survey

theory

trolley

turkey

victory

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Advanced
abbey

agency

alloy

amenity

antibody

archway

army

array

atrocity

bay

bellboy

beneficiary

boundary

castaway

cemetery

chimney

cockney

colony

contingency

convoy

daisy

decoy

deformity

donkey

dual carriageway

embassy

entity

envoy

equity

fairway

fantasy

homeboy

identity

jersey

kidney

laboratory

lackey

liability

luminary

medley

methodology

osprey

ovary 

pageboy

pansy 

paperboy

passageway

pastry 

pathway

penalty

philosophy

playboy

ploy

pony

principality 

pulley

quality

quay

rarity

relay

robbery

runway

schoolboy

sensitivity

sickbay

signatory

slipway

specialty

stowaway

subsidy

sunray

sympathy

tendency

tomboy

treaty

volley

washday

welly

Try to work out the rules for which kinds of words take which ending, then use that to 
check your answers. 

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Plurals of nouns ending with –y maze activities
Start from the top left square in the table. Find the next square which has the same plural 
and follow the other squares with the same 
“-ys” ending vertically or horizontally until you 
reach the bottom left square. When you have a single complete line from beginning to 
end, check that all the other squares have the 
“-ies” ending. 

Elementary to Intermediate

boy

baby

party

photocopy

reply

category

bully

day

butterfly

country

apology

nationality

party

story

holiday

key

gallery

memory

birthday

delay

highway

city

journey

toy

way

play

duty

essay

spy

body

battery

lady

library

hobby

monkey

activity

disability

injury

factory

cherry

dictionary

deejay

enquiry

charity

allergy

accessory

subsidiary

discovery

ashtray

Upper Intermediate

guy

turkey

valley

ferry

authority

democrac

y

economy

puppy

fly

trolley

luxury

gallery

mystery

redundanc

y

theory

lorry

alley

remedy

ministry

community

obituary

victory

county

motorway

commodit

y

quantity

ally

delivery

society

priority

survey

facility

currency

minority

policy

casualty

query

attorney

display

homestay

screenplay

cowboy

anxiety

industry

ceremony

enemy

communit

y

property

buoy

Advanced

bay

army

agency

entity

antibody

melody

penalty

bellboy

boundary

ferry

donkey

jockey

ploy

oddity

chimney

envoy

embassy

castaway

cemetery

playboy

tragedy

colony

kidney

capability

choirboy

fairy

storey

symphony

irregularity jersey

treaty

volley

subsidy

relay

stray

mercenary medley

missionary abbey

daisy

tapestry

runway

vacancy

quay

pulley

alloy

diary

specialty

sickbay

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Answer key – The big list of plurals of words ending in –y
Elementary
babies
batteries
boys
butterflies
celebrities
cherries
cities
days
dictionaries
documentaries
factories
French fries
hobbies
holidays
keys
libraries
nationalities
photocopies 
stories
strawberries
toys

Pre-Intermediate
ashtrays
essays
accessories
activities
apologies
countries
emergencies
enquiries
ladies
memories
parties
raspberries
similarities
television personalities

Intermediate
abilities
allergies
bodies
bullies
categories
centuries

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ceremonies
charities
difficulties
disabilities
discoveries
duties
galleries
injuries
necessities
opportunities
personalities
replies
responsibilities
salaries
spies
strategies
studies
subsidiaries
supplies
universities
varieties
worries
birthdays
deejays
delays
highways
journeys
monkeys
plays
trays
ways
weekdays

Upper Intermediate
alleys
attorneys
buoys
cowboys
displays
guys
homestays
motorways
screenplays
surveys
trolleys
turkeys
valleys

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allies
anxieties
authorities
casualties
ceremonies
commodities
communities
controversies
counties
currencies
deliveries
democracies
duties
economies 
enemies
facilities
ferries
flies
galleries
humanities
industries
inequalities
lorries
luxuries
ministries
minorities
mysteries
obituaries
policies
priorities
properties
puppies
quantities
queries
redundancies
remedies
societies
theories
victories

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Advanced
abbeys
abnormalities
adversaries
agencies
alleyways
alloys
ambiguities
amenities
analogies
annuities
anomalies
antibodies
antiquities
archways
armies
arrays
arteries
atrocities
autobiographies
bays
beauties
bellboys
beneficiaries
boundaries
capabilities
capacities
castaways
cemeteries
certainties
chimneys
choirboys
cockneys
colonies
commentaries
competencies
constituencies
contemporaries
contingencies
convoys
curiosities
daisies
decoys
deficiencies
deformities
deities
delicacies

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dependencies
deputies
destinies
diaries
dignitaries
discrepancies
disparities
distilleries
donkeys
doorways
driveways
dual carriageways
eccentricities
embassies
emissaries
entities
entries
envoys
equities
estuaries
eventualities
extremities
fairies
fairways
fantasies
fatalities
ferries
festivities
fisheries
follies
forgeries
formalities
functionaries
galaxies
galleys
hippies
homeboys
hostilities
identities
ideologies
idiosyncrasies
impurities
inaccuracies
inadequacies
inconsistencies
indignities
inefficiencies

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insecurities
intermediaries
ironies
irregularities
jerseys
jockeys
joys
kidneys
laboratories
lackeys
liabilities
localities
loyalties
luminaries
medleys
melodies
mercenaries
mercies
methodologies
miseries
missionaries
monasteries
monopolies
municipalities
nannies
nappies
necessities
novelties
obscenities
oddities
ospreys
ovaries 
pageboys
pansies 
paperboys
passageways
pastries 
pathways
paydays
peculiarities
penalties
philosophies
playboys
ploys
ponies
poppies
possibilities

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principalities 
prophecies
pulleys
qualities
quays
rarities
refineries
relays
repositories
robberies
royalties
rubies
runways
schoolboys
sensibilities
sensitivities
sickbays
signatories
slipways
specialities
specialties
stingrays
storeys
stowaways
strays
subsidies
sunrays
sympathies
symphonies
tapestries
tendencies
territories
tomboys
tragedies
treaties
tributaries
utilities
vacancies
vagaries
volleys
walkways
washdays
waterways
wellies

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