Plural of Dragonfly
The Quick AnswerThe plural of dragonfly is dragonflies.
The Plural of DragonflyThe plural of dragonfly is dragonflies.
- There are about 3000 species of dragonflies.
- Dragonflies are found on every continent except Antarctica.
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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|| 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|| dragonfly
|change the y to an i and add es|| dragonflies
|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 Dragonfly?Dragonflies is the only way to make the noun dragonfly 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.