The Plural of FlamingoThe plural of flamingo is flamingos or flamingoes.
- Well-fed, healthy flamingos are more vibrantly colored.
- Flamingoes aggressively defend their nesting sites.
|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|| flamingo
|add either s or es
(There are no rules for this - you have to know.)
| flamingos or flamingoes
|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 flamingo?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:
- Zoo becomes zoos.
- Piano becomes pianos.
- Potato becomes potatoes.
- Torpedo becomes torpedoes.
- Mango becomes mangoes or mangos.
- Echo becomes echoes or echos.
Though flamingos and flamingoes are both accepted plurals, flamingos is the more common of the two. (See the difference in Google's Ngram Viewer.)
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:
- Cello's are one of the mose expensive instruments.
- Cellos are one of the mose expensive instruments.
Read more about using apostrophes.