The Plural of AntennaThe plural of antenna is antennas or antennae.
- Antennas are used for sensing in arthropods.
- Crustaceans bear two pairs of antennae.
The table below shows the standard rules for forming the plurals of nouns in English.
|Type||Example of Type||Forming the Plural||Plural|
|Most Nouns|| antenna
|add s|| antennas
|Noun Ending s, sh, ch, x or z|| box
|add es|| boxes
|Nouns ending [consonant] o|| hero
|add either s or es
(There are no rules for this - you have to know.)
|Nouns ending [vowel] o|| patio
|add s|| patios
|Nouns ending [consonant] y|| story
|change the y to an i and add es|| stories
|Nouns ending [vowel] y|| donkey
|add s|| donkey
|Nouns ending f or fe|| dwarf
|ves and/or s
(There are no rules - you have to know.)
hooves or hoofs
|some nouns undergo a vowel or letters change|| men
|More exceptions|| salmon
|some nouns do not change at all|| salmon
|Foreign rulings|| antenna
|some nouns adopt foreign rulings|| antennae
Why Is There Confusion over the Plural of Antenna?Confusion arises over the plural of antenna because its original plural form (antennae) derives from Latin and native English speakers are drawn to antennas, which adheres to the standard ruling for forming plurals.
Both antennae and antennas are acceptable, but antennas has become more common plural and the safest option. (See the evidence in Google's Ngram Viewer.)