What's the plural form of 'potato'? The standard rule in the American English language for plurals is to add the letter ‘s.’ Sometimes, you might even have to add an ‘es,’ depending on the word.
The plural form of potato is ‘potatoes’ not ‘potatoes.’ Potato is one of those special cases where you have to add an ‘es,’ rather than just an ‘s.’
As stated before, the standard rule for plural nouns in the American English language is adding an ‘s’ to the end of the word.
Here are some examples:
In some cases, however, you must add an ‘es’ to the end of the word (when a word ends in ‘s,’ ‘sh,’ ‘ch,’ or ‘z.’) If the word ends in ‘y,’ you have to first change the ‘y’ to an ‘i’ before adding ‘es’ (unless the ‘y’ is proceeded by a vowel).
But there are also cases where words end in ‘y’ that you don’t add ‘ies’ to.
And some words just plain change in their plural forms, such as words:
No matter what you’re writing or whom you’re writing for, the word ‘potatos’ is not an acceptable way to spell the word. You should always spell it ‘potatoes.’
You know that ‘potatoes’ is the plural form of ‘potato.’
The plural possessive form of ‘potato’ is ‘potatoes.’’
To use three different forms of the word in a sentence, use the following examples:
When using ‘potatoes’ in a sentence, make sure your subject agrees with your verb.
For example, when talking about a singular potato, use the phrase ‘potato is.’ (i.e., my potato is boiling).
When using ‘potatoes’ in a sentence, you’d say ‘potatoes are.’
You wouldn’t say, “my potato are rotten” or “my potatoes is boiling.”
Whenever there’s more than one potato, always use “are.”
It might be a little confusing at first, but reading and writing regularly can help you retain the correct plural forms of words subconsciously.
To help you remember the plural form of potato, just remember that all potatoes have toes!
For more clarification about confusing English words and commonly misspelled words, be sure to check out our other articles explaining confusing words.