Plurals of Words Ending In -Y Activities

A LESSON PLAN FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS

Level: All Levels
Topic: General
Grammar Topic: Nouns
Type: Lesson Plans
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Published: 21st Jun 2018

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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

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2018

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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

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2018

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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

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2018

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