What is the plural of Moose?

As many of our Wonder Friends may or may not know, Wonderopolis is home to a variety of fascinating animals. From manatees and electric eels to angry birds and chinchillas, Wonderopolis is filled with amazing wildlife.

However, sometimes things can become a bit confusing. To help you understand what we mean, let us provide a simple example.

The other day, we were taking a shortcut through the forest when we reached a clearing. We were surprised to find a fox and an ox having a picnic.

Naturally, we were curious and asked if we could join them. They didn’t mind and even shared their peanut butter and cotton candy sandwiches with us.

While we were chewing, they had the following conversation:

Ox: I love these sandwiches, but the other oxen prefer hamburgers.

Fox: You mean the other oxes?

Ox: Oxes? No, I mean oxen. What about the other foxen? Do they like hamburgers?

Fox: Foxen? What are you talking about? You mean the other foxes?

Ox: Huh?

Fox: What?

There is no need to continue the story. Let’s just say a grammatical argument of epic proportions ensued.

Of course, it’s understandable why they were confused. When discussing nouns (people, places, or things), transitioning from one thing (singular) to multiple things (plural) can be tricky at times.

Usually, you can make a noun plural simply by adding an “s” at the end.

For example, if you visit the Wonder of the Day storeroom in Wonderopolis, you will see that today’s Wonder of the Day (singular) is sitting out in the open, waiting to be filed. All the previous Wonders of the Day (plural) are on the shelves along the wall.

However, there are some special rules for certain types of words. Here are a few examples of those special rules:

  • For nouns that end with -ch, -sh, -s, -x, or -z, you have to add “es” at the end to make them plural. For instance, you can make one peanut butter and cotton candy sandwich (singular), or you can make several such sandwiches (plural) for all your friends.
  • For nouns that end in -f or -fe, you have to drop the -f or -fe and add “ves” to make them plural. For example, one knife (singular) will easily cut one sandwich, but you may need many knives (plural) if you make hundreds of sandwiches.
  • For nouns that end in -o, you need to add “es” to make them plural. For example, you can be a hero (singular) by yourself, or you and your friends can all be heroes (plural).
  • For nouns that end in a consonant (all the letters except the vowels a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes y!) and -y, you need to drop the -y and add “ies” to make them plural. For instance, one butterfly (singular) may be beautiful, but several butterflies (plural) can be breathtaking.

Unfortunately, there are exceptions to all of these rules. It takes time to learn them all. Reading extensively and paying close attention in your language arts classes can help you become familiar with the various nouns and their plural forms.

There are certain words that remain the same whether they are singular or plural. For instance, deer and sheep are two examples of such words. It is completely fine to say that you saw one deer yesterday and three deer today. Or perhaps you sheared one sheep on Tuesday and seven sheep on Thursday.

Other nouns do not follow any rules. These rebels are known as “irregular” and they can be unpredictable.

For example, after we finished our picnic with the fox and the ox, we went to sit by the lake where we saw a goose (singular). We fell asleep and woke up to find that goose talking to another goose. One goose said to the other, “We’re geese” (plural). This, of course, confused the moose that was standing nearby.

The moose (singular) tends to be a solitary animal, but occasionally it joins its friends. What are they called when they are together? Meese? Mooses? Moosen? No! Moose (plural) — it’s another one of those words that remains the same whether it’s singular or plural!

As for the fox and the ox, it’s easy to see why they got confused. Fox follows the special rule of adding “es” to make it plural (foxes). On the other hand, ox is one of those “irregular” words. Instead of “oxes,” the plural of ox is oxen.

Try It Out

Meese? Oxes? Foxen? Gooses? What’s happening here? Don’t forget to explore the following activities with a friend or family member:

  • Ready to practice converting singular nouns to plural nouns? Play The Plural Girls online game and help twin sisters Pearl and Flora find their lost friends by choosing the correct plural form of the given word.
  • You can also assist Roy the Singing Zebra by playing his Singular or Plural Game. All you need to do is sort the words into singular or plural and then match the singular with its plural. If you get them right, you can help choose presents for Lucy the Elephant.
  • Which animals would have funnier names if you swapped the plural form of their names? Let your imagination run wild and write a short story about a special zoo that contains some unique groups of animals that nobody has ever heard of before!

Wonder Sources

  • https://www.grammarly.com/blog/plural-nouns/
  • https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/spelling/plurals-of-nouns
  • http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2014/01/formation-plurals-minotaurs/
  • http://www.brainpopjr.com/readingandwriting/word/pluralnouns/grownups.weml

FAQ

1. What do you call more than one moose?

You would call more than one moose “moose.” Unlike other animal names, the word “moose” does not change when it is pluralized. So whether you are talking about one moose or a group of moose, you would still use the word “moose” to refer to them.

2. Are there any alternative words for more than one moose?

No, there are no alternative words specifically for more than one moose. The English language does not have a specific plural form for the word “moose.” It remains the same whether singular or plural.

3. Why is there no different word for multiple moose?

The lack of a different word for multiple moose can be attributed to the way the English language has evolved. Some animal names have different plural forms, but “moose” is an exception. It is believed that this is because the word “moose” was borrowed from Native American languages, which did not have distinct plural forms for animals.

4. Can you use “mooses” as the plural form of “moose”?

Although it may sound logical to pluralize “moose” as “mooses,” it is grammatically incorrect. The word “moose” is an irregular noun, and its plural form remains the same. Using “mooses” as the plural form of “moose” would be considered incorrect in English grammar.

5. Are there any other words in English with similar plural forms?

Yes, there are a few other words in English that have the same form for both singular and plural. Some examples include “sheep,” “deer,” and “fish.” These words are referred to as “unmarked plurals” because they do not change when they become plural. This is a unique characteristic of these particular words in the English language.

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