Plural of Mongoose
The Quick AnswerThe plural of mongoose is mongooses or mongeese.
The Plural of MongooseThe plural of mongoose is mongooses or mongeese.
- Mongooses live in southern Asia, Africa, and southern Europe.
- Mongeese mostly feed on insects, crabs, earthworms, lizards, birds, and rodents. (Mongeese is not a common plural but is cited as an alternative plural in many leading dictionaries.)
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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|| mongoose
|add s|| mongooses
|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
|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||
|More exceptions|| salmon
|some nouns do not change at all|| salmon
Why Is There Confusion over the Plural of Mongoose?Confusion arises over the plural of mongoose because many believe that mongeese (formed using the plural of goose) is an error.
Both mongooses and mongeese are acceptable. Of note, mongooses is by far the more common plural. (See the evidence in Google's Ngram Viewer.)