Plural of Energy
The Quick Answer"Energy" is a mass noun. It has no plural form.
Be aware, however, that as well as meaning "power" in a general sense, the word "energy" can also relate to different types of power (e.g., a person's physical and mental powers). In such a context, the plural "energies" can be used.
The Plural of EnergyEnergy is a mass noun. It has no plural form.
- The Sun is the source of energy for life on Earth.
- I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues. (Duke Ellington)
"Energies" Is Possible but RareWhen "energy" relates to different types of power (e.g., a person's physical and mental powers), the plural form "energies" can be used.
- The group functions well because it takes its motivation from different energies.
- Training gives us an outlet for suppressed energies created by stress and thus tones the spirit just as exercise conditions the body. (Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger)
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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|| energy
|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|| salmon
|some nouns do not change at all|| salmon