Wondering what the plural of the word ‘sheep’ is? This article will dive into that and teach you how to use the word in both forms in a sentence.
The plural form of ‘sheep’ is ‘sheep.’ ‘Sheeps’ is incorrect.
As mentioned in the previous section, the plural form of the word ‘sheep’ requires that the word remain unchanged.
The word ‘sheep’ doesn’t follow the standard rules of pluralization for nouns in the English language. Let’s look at what those are exactly.
The standard rules for making words plural in English is to add ‘s’ or ‘es.’
If the word ends in ‘f,’ or ‘fe,’ those letters are changed to ‘v,’ and then an ‘s’ is added at the end.
Other words (such as words borrowed from Latin and Greek) use the same pluralization rules from ancient times. Words belonging to this category include words like:
Some words change by adding an ‘ae,’ ‘ices,’ or ‘a.’ For example:
But some words, don’t change when forming the plural version of the word.
Now you know that the word ‘sheep’ doesn’t follow standard pluralization rules. You know that the plural of ‘sheep’ is ‘sheep.’ No need to add an ‘s.’
Let’s use both the singular and plural forms in a sentence.
Examples of the singular form in a sentence:
Examples of the plural form in a sentence:
The possessive form of the word can be a bit tricky compared to its plural version remaining the same as the singular form of the word.
The singular possessive form is ‘sheep’s.’
The plural possessive form is ‘sheep’s.’
Here’s how you’d use both in a sentence.
There are no instances where ‘sheeps’’ is correct in the singular or plural possessive forms of the word.
‘Sheep’ is one word that falls into the category of words that don’t follow traditional pluralization rules. Instead, the word remains the same, similarly to other words with confusing pluralization rules (such as mouse or wife).
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