Plural of Moose

by Craig Shrives

The Quick Answer

The plural of "moose" is "moose." It is not "mooses" or "meese."

The Plural of Moose

The plural of "moose" is "moose."
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Moose not Meese

There are no options for the plural of "moose." It is always "moose." Even though the plural of "goose" is "geese," this pattern cannot be followed because "moose" and "goose" have different origins. More specifically, "goose" comes from the Old English word "gos," and "moose" comes from Algonquian (a language of First Nations people based around Canada's Ottawa River valley). In Algonquian, the plural of "moose" is "moose," and both the singular and plural forms were adopted into English. Therefore, adding "-s" in the usual way to make "mooses" is a mistake.

Table of Contents

  • Are You Good at Plurals?
  • The Standard Rules for Forming the Plurals
  • Why Is There Confusion over the Plural of Moose?
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The Standard Rules for Forming the Plurals

The 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 (small British flag)
add s storeys
Nouns ending f or fe dwarf
ves and/or s
(There are no rules - you have to know.)
Exceptions goose
some nouns undergo a vowel or letters change geese
More exceptions salmon
some nouns do not change at all salmon
Read more about English spelling rules.

Why Is There Confusion over the Plural of Moose?

"Moose" is the only way to make the noun "moose" plural.

Confusion arises because "moose" remains unchanged in its plural form. Unfortunately, there is no clever way of knowing which nouns follow which rules. You have to know.

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