Regular and Irregular Plurals Storytelling

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Regular and Irregular Plurals Storytelling
Instructions for teachers
Cut up one pack of at least twenty or thirty cards per group of two to four students, with 
the plurals attached to the singular but folded behind, including some words which are 
lower than their level to make up the number. You can make up more on the blank cards 
given if there aren’t enough, but make sure that the vocabulary is suitable for storytelling. 
Students take turns choosing a card and continuing the story with one or more of the 
things mentioned, turning the card over to check the plural if they aren’t sure. After they 
finish, test them on their memories of the plurals and/ or ask them to test each other orally.

Cards to cut up/ Suggested answers
Elementary

boy

boys

child

children

foot

feet

leg

legs

king

kings

man

men

person

people

adult

adults

policeman

policemen

soldier

soldiers

postman

postmen

bus driver

bus drivers

princess

princesses

schoolchild

schoolchildren

woman

women

mother

mothers

 

Pre-Intermediate

daughter

daughters

fish

fish

knife

knives

lip

lips

mouse

mice

rat

rats

sword

swords

tooth

teeth

turtle

turtles

wife

wives

Intermediate

cookie

cookies

criminal

criminals

loaf

loaves

thief

thieves

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2018

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Upper Intermediate

alumnus

alumni

aircraft

aircraft

cow

cows

crisis

crises

deer

deer

swan

swans

factory

factories

fox

foxes

goose

geese

problem

problems

sheep

sheep

goat

goats

steelworks

steelworks

a third

two thirds

wolf

wolves

student

students

Advanced

bacterium

bacteria

biceps

biceps

(blind) date

(blind) dates

(wild) boar

(wild) boar

calf

calves

caterpillar

caterpillars

criterion

criteria

diagnosis

diagnoses

elf

elves

faux pas

faux pas

flea

fleas

giraffe

giraffes

grouse

grouse

hoof

hooves

larva

larvae

louse

lice

virus

viruses

moose

moose

muscle

muscles

neurosis

neuroses

oasis

oases

lake

lakes

ox

oxen

pheasant

pheasants

prawn

prawns

puppy

puppies

rendezvous

rendezvous

salmon

salmon

sardine

sardines

spacecraft

spacecraft

species

species

squid

squid

starfish

starfish

UFO

UFOs

vertebra

vertebrae

rib

ribs

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Without looking above, write the plurals in the gaps below.

Elementary

boy

child

foot

leg

king

man

person

adult

policeman

soldier

postman

bus driver

princess

schoolchild

woman

mother

Pre-Intermediate

daughter

fish

knife

lip

mouse

rat

sword

tooth

turtle

wife

Intermediate

cookie

criminal

loaf

thief

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2018

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Upper Intermediate

alumnus

aircraft

cow

crisis

deer

swan

factory

fox

goose

problem

sheep

goat

steelworks

a third

wolf

student

Advanced

bacterium

biceps

(blind) date

(wild) boar

calf

caterpillar

criterion

diagnosis

elf

faux pas

flea

giraffe

grouse

hoof

larva

louse

virus

moose

muscle

neurosis

oasis

lake

ox

pheasant

prawn

puppy

rendezvous

salmon

sardine

spacecraft

species

squid

starfish

UFO

vertebra

rib

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2018

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