Plural of Money
The Quick AnswerTypically, money is a mass noun. It has no plural form.
In law and accounting, money can be a countable noun. Its plural is money or monies. (The latter spelling is more common.)
The Plural of MoneyWhen used outside the context of law and accounting, money is a mass noun. It has no plural form.
- All the money in the world can't buy you back good health.
- If you can actually count your money, then you're not a rich man.
Both monies and moneys are acceptable spellings.
- Voters are tired of using public monies to enrich millionaire sports owners.
- You are investing impressive sums of moneys for reaching your financial goals.
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The Standard Rules for Forming the PluralsThe table below shows the standard rules for forming the plurals of nouns in English.
|Type||Example of Type||Forming the Plural||Plural|
|Most Nouns|| cat
|add s|| cats
|Noun Ending s, sh, ch, x or z|| bus
|add es|| buses
|Nouns ending [consonant] o|| mango
|add either s or es
(There are no rules for this - you have to know.)
| mangoes or mangos
|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|| money
|add s|| moneys
|Mass nouns|| money
|some nouns do not have a plural form
|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|| geese
|More exceptions|| money
|some nouns have their own rules|| monies
Why Is There Confusion over the Plural of Money?Confusion arises because money is typically a mass noun. A mass noun is a noun without a plural form. They refer to items that can't be counted (e.g., rice, milk, chalk).
Occasionally, money can be countable. This is usually the case in a law or accounting context. The plural is moneys or monies.
Monies is more common than moneys. This is unusual because most nouns that end in –ey take a standard -s plural (e.g., monkeys, chimneys, turkeys). Moneys naturally follows that pattern.
Some critics suggest that monies encourages a pronunciation akin to the plural nouns ponies or cronies. Despite this, monies remains the more common spelling.