When It's -s and When It's -es
1. In the last lesson you found these two groups of singular nouns:
Sort these twelve singular nouns into this matrix. Remember that the letter <x> at the end of words spells the combination of sounds [ks]. When you get done, two of the squares should still be empty:
2. When you want to refer to more than one of something with a singular noun that ends in the sounds ______, ______, ______, or _____, you add -es.
3. Now you can write a more useful rule for choosing -s and -es: When you want to refer to more than one of something with a noun that ends in the sounds _____, _____, _____, or ______, you add -es, but with most other nouns you add ________.
- Write the word catch in the blank: ... _________
- Add the suffix that means “more than one”: ... _________
- Change the <s> to the letter that comes right in front of it in the alphabet: ... _________
- Change the first letter of the word to <w> and change the last letter to <s>: ... _________
- Change the first vowel in the word to <l>: ... _________
- Change the first letter in the word to the letter that comes between <o> and <q> in the alphabet and change the <s> back to <r>: ... _________
- Add the suffix that means “more than one”: ... ________
- Take away the <p> and the <t>. Then move the <r> up to the front of the word: ... ________
- Change the last letter of the word back to an <r>: ... _________