Plural of Kangaroo
The Quick AnswerThe plural of kangaroo is kangaroos.
The Plural of KangarooThe plural of kangaroo is kangaroos.
- Kangaroos are often colloquially referred to as "roos".
- Kangaroos are the only large animals to use hopping as a means of locomotion.
|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|| kangaroo
|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 Kangaroo?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.
- Zoo becomes zoos.
- Echo becomes echoes.
- Hero becomes heroes.
- Volcano becomes volcanoes or volcanos.
- Halo becomes haloes or halos.
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:
- Igloo's are made out of snow.
- Igloos are made out of snow.
Read more about using apostrophes.