When deciding how to make the plural form of the word ‘diagnosis,’ you might not quite know the right way to do it. The pluralization rules can differ from word to word, which can make it hard to remember.
The plural of ‘diagnosis’ is ‘diagnoses.’ It is incorrect to say ‘diagnosises’ or any other variation.
The word ‘diagnosis’ doesn’t follow the standard pluralization rules, which is why some people find it difficult to pluralize the word correctly.
So, what are the standard pluralization rules?
When forming the plural version of a noun in the English language, the standard rule is that with most nouns, you simply add an ‘s’ or ‘es.’
Take a look at some examples:
Other words, such as words that end in ‘f’ or ‘fe’ are be treated differently. With words that end in ‘f’ or ‘fe,’ you’d drop those letters and add a ‘ves.’
Let’s take a look at some examples:
The plural of diagnosis is ‘diagnoses.’ It follows the same rules that words like [example] follow. Instead of just adding an ‘es,’ you’d change the ‘is’ to an ‘es.’ Check out some examples:
Now that you know how to make plural nouns and how this word is treated differently let’s learn what it means.
Merriam-Webster defines the word as “the art or act of identifying a disease from its signs and symptoms,” “the decision reached by diagnosis,” “investigation or analysis of the cause or nature of a condition, situation, or problem,” and “a statement or conclusion from such an analysis.”
It could also mean “a concise technical description of a taxon” in biology.
Cambridge Dictionary defines it as “a judgment about what a particular illness or problem is, made after examining it.”
Since we’ve already covered the plural form and definition of the word, let’s talk about how to use it in a sentence.
Here are some examples of how to use the singular form in a sentence:
Here are some examples of how to use the plural form in a sentence:
The singular possessive form of the word ‘diagnosis’ is ‘diagnosis’s.’ The plural possessive form of the word is ‘diagnoses.’
Here are examples of how to use the singular possessive form in a sentence:
Here are examples of how to use the plural possessive form in a sentence:
Remembering how to pluralize words can be tricky, especially for someone who’s just learning the language.
The trick to pluralizing ‘diagnosis’ correctly is to remember that it follows the same rules as words like analysis and axis, in that the ‘is’ is changed to an ‘es.’
Check out our library of confusing words if you have trouble remembering how to pluralize or spell words.