Plural of Navy
The Quick AnswerThe plural of navy is navies.
The Plural of NavyThe plural of navy is navies.
- The development of large capacity, sail-powered ships led to a rapid expansion of European navies.
- In World War I, several navies used floatplanes and flying boats.
|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|| hero
|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|| navy
|change the y to an i and add es|| navies
|Nouns ending [vowel] y|| journey
|add s|| journeys
|Nouns ending f or fe|| dwarf
|ves and/or s
(There are no rules - you have to know.)
hooves or hoofs
|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 Navy?Navies is the only way to make the noun navy plural.
Confusion arises because some people mistakenly believe that most nouns should form a plural ending in s. When a noun ends with [consonant] + y, you need to change the y to an i and add es to form the plural.