The Plural of HaloThe plural of halo is halos or haloes.
- Halos are most often depicted as golden, yellow, white, or red when flames are depicted.
- Plain round haloes are typically used to signify saints.
|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|| halo
|add either s or es
(There are no rules for this - you have to know.)
| halos or haloes
|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 Halo?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:
- Kangaroo becomes kangaroos.
- Piano becomes pianos.
- Embargo becomes embargoes.
- Torpedo becomes torpedoes.
- Volcano becomes volcanoes or volcanos.
- Echo becomes echoes or echos.
Though halos and haloes are both accepted plurals, halos 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:
- Sweet potatoe's are a good source of magnesium.
- Sweet potatoes are a good source of magnesium.
Read more about using apostrophes.