Plural of Sheep
The Quick AnswerThe plural of sheep is sheep.
The Plural of SheepThe plural of sheep is sheep.
- Sheep are raised for fleece, meat, and milk.
- In both ancient and modern religious ritual, sheep are used as sacrificial animals.
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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|| 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|| geese
|More exceptions|| salmon
|some nouns do not change at all|| salmon
Why Is There Confusion over the Plural of Sheep?Sheep is the only way to make the noun sheep plural.
Confusion arises because sheep remains unchanged in its plural form. Unfortunately, there is no clever way of knowing which nouns follow which rules. You have to know.