Plural of Sugar
The Quick AnswerThe plural of sugar is sugar (a mass noun) or sugars.
The Plural of SugarThe plural of sugar is sugar or sugars. Sugars best translates as types of sugar. The word sugars is often seen on food labels.
- Everybody's got their poison, and mine is sugar. (Derrick Rose)
- It has been questioned whether a diet high in sugars is good for human health.
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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|| sugar
|add s|| sugars
|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|| sugar
|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
Why Is There Confusion over the Plural of Sugar?Confusion arises because when talking about a specific sugar, sugar is a mass noun. A mass noun is a noun without a plural form. They refer to items that can't be counted (e.g., music, milk, chalk).
When refering to multiple types of sugar (such as glucose, fructose, lactose and sucrose), sugars is an accepted plural.