Plural of Dictionary
The Quick AnswerThe plural of dictionary is dictionaries.
The Plural of DictionaryThe plural of dictionary is dictionaries.
- Spellings are made by people. Dictionaries - eventually - reflect popular choices.
- People are under the impression that dictionaries legislate language. What a dictionary does is keep track of usages over time.
Are You Good at Plurals?Here's a quick test.
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|| 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|| dictionary
|change the y to an i and add es|| dictionaries
|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 Dictionary?Dictionaries is the only way to make the noun dictionary plural.
Confusion arises because people mistakenly believe that only an s needs to be added (like with donkeys). However, when a noun ends with [consonant] + y, you need to change the y to an i and add es to form the plural.