The Plural of EmbargoThe plural of embargo is embargoes.
- Trade embargoes are typically motivated by political, economic, moral, or environmental reasons.
- The US embargo on Cuba remains one of the longest-standing embargoes.
|Type||Example of Type||Forming the Plural||Plural|
|Most Nouns|| lamp
|add s|| lamps
|Noun Ending s, sh, ch, x or z|| bus
|add es|| buses
|Nouns ending [consonant] o|| embargo|
|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|| storey ()
|add s|| storeys
|Nouns ending f or fe|| dwarf
|ves and/or s
(There are no rules - you have to know.)
|some nouns undergo a vowel or letters change||
|More exceptions|| salmon
|some nouns do not change at all|| salmon
Why Is There Confusion over the Plural of Embargo?There is confusion because the rule for forming plurals with nouns ending in o isn't straightforward. Most nouns will just add an s. For example:
- Solo becomes solos.
- Piano becomes pianos.
- Tomato becomes tomatoes.
- Potato becomes potatoes.
- Volcano becomes volcanoes or volcanos.
- Buffalo becomes buffaloes or buffalos.
Don't Use an Apostrophe to Form a PluralAdding 's is never an option when forming the plural of a noun. Despite this simple rule, inexperienced writers often feel compelled to add an apostrophe, especially when the noun ends with a vowel (e.g., piano, tomato, emu). For example:
- The emu's were hungry.
- The emus were hungry.
Read more about using apostrophes.