From the Word Wizard Club...
May 9, 2011

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stereos

Which Means:

The plural of 'stereo': a piece of electronic equipment with two speakers realistic sound.

As In:

Image Stereos with cassette players are becoming obsolete!

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Words ending in -O form plurals by adding either -S or -ES, and simply must be memorized.

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groceries

Which Means:

The food bought from a store or market.

As In:

Image Mother said, "Please put the groceries on the table."

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This word takes a plural verb and has no singular form without the S.

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foxes

Which Means:

The plural of 'fox': an animal of the dog family that is smaller than a wolf, and has a pointy snout and ears, and a long, bushy tail.

As In:

Image People usually think foxes are clever, cunning animals.

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Add an -ES to nouns ending in s, z, ch, sh, and x. This also makes them easier to pronounce.

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beliefs

Which Means:

The plural of 'belief': the trust or faith in an idea; an opinion.

As In:

Image The beliefs of people have changed over time; long ago, people believed that the earth was flat.

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Many words ending in F follow the change the F to V + ES pattern, but like 'belief', some do not. Can you think of others like this?

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cuffs

Which Means:

The plural form of 'cuff': the fold or band of material at the end of a shirt sleeve or pant leg.

As In:

Image Some people like to roll up the cuffs on their sleeves, as they are here.

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Simply add an -S to the end of 'cuffs'.

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