Plural of Dice
The Quick AnswerDice is the plural form of die. In modern standard English, dice is slowly becoming the accepted singular and plural form.
The Plural of DiceDice is the plural form of die. Dice is sometimes used to refer to a singular die.
If you want to play it safe:
Use dice if you are rolling two or more game pieces.
Use die, if you are only using one piece.
- It's a roll of the dice in the movie business.
- I shall never believe that God plays dice with the world.
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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
|Mass nouns|| rice
|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|| die
|some nouns do not change at all|| dice