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Plural of Sugar

The Quick Answer
The plural of sugar is sugar (a mass noun) or sugars.

The Plural of Sugar

The plural of sugar is sugar or sugars. Sugars best translates as types of sugar. The word sugars is often seen on food labels.
  • Everybody's got their poison, and mine is sugar. (Derrick Rose)
  • It has been questioned whether a diet high in sugars is good for human health.
The table below shows the standard rules for forming the plurals of nouns in English.

Type Example of Type Forming the Plural Plural
Most Nouns sugar
scythe
add s sugars
scythes
Noun Ending s, sh, ch, x or z bus
dress
add es buses
dresses
Nouns ending [consonant] o mango
zero
tomato
add either s or es
(There are no rules for this - you have to know.)
mangoes or mangos
zeros
tomatoes
Nouns ending [vowel] o patio
ratio
add s patios
ratios
Nouns ending [consonant] y story
penny
change the y to an i and add es stories
pennies
Nouns ending [vowel] y storey ()
donkey
add s storeys
donkeys
Mass nouns sugar
rice
some nouns do not have a plural form
sugar
rice
Nouns ending f or fe dwarf
knife
ves and/or s
(There are no rules - you have to know.)
dwarfs
knives
Exceptions goose
louse
some nouns undergo a vowel or letters change geese
lice
More exceptions salmon
sheep
some nouns do not change at all salmon
sheep

Why Is There Confusion over the Plural of Sugar?

Confusion arises because when talking about a specific sugar, sugar is a mass noun. A mass noun is a noun without a plural form. They refer to items that can't be counted (e.g., music, milk, chalk).

When refering to multiple types of sugar (such as glucose, fructose, lactose and sucrose), sugars is an accepted plural.