Which English plural word is changed to a singular word when you add an ‘s’ ?
Answer at the bottom of post.
Whilst you are thinking about this little puzzle you might like to consider the correct usage of Less and Fewer, Amount and Number
These words cause problems for many native speakers of English.
The incorrect usage can be seen everywhere, from car advertisements to supermarkets. A classic example would be the “10 items or less” signs in supermarkets, which should read “10 items or fewer” or better still “Fewer than 10 items”.
How do you know which to use? Here is a simple explanation.
The word “less” is used for items that cannot easily be counted: “We have less milk than we thought”; “The balloon contains less air than yesterday”; “The cleaning took less time than I expected”. These things can be measured, but not counted as such.
“Fewer” is for things that can be counted: “The milkman delivered fewer bottles of milk than we requested”; “There are fewer balloons now than yesterday as some have burst”; “I have to clean fewer rooms now that I live in a smaller house”.
The words “amount” and “number” work in exactly the same way.
“Amount” is used for items that can’t be counted e.g “He tries to eat only a small amount of cheese”;”He bought a huge amount of food for the party”; “She only spends a small amount of money on cleaning products” .
“Number” is for things that can be counted: “She works with a large number of cheese makers”; “He invited a small number of people to his birthday”; “She prefers not to use a large number of cleaning products.”
Princes, the plural of prince. When you add an ‘s’ it becomes princess, a singular word.