Fun Trivia
Home: Questions and Answers Forum
Answers to 100,000 Fascinating Questions
Welcome to FunTrivia's Question & Answer forum!

Search All Questions


Please cite any factual claims with citation links or references from authoritative sources. Editors continuously recheck submissions and claims.

Archived Questions

Goto Qn #


What is the plural word for "aircraft"?

Question #149034. Asked by Thesuperyoshi.
Last updated Oct 24 2022.
Originally posted Oct 15 2022 3:03 AM.

avatar
1nn1 star
Answer has 12 votes
Currently Best Answer
1nn1 star
Moderator
11 year member
146 replies avatar

Answer has 12 votes.

Currently voted the best answer.
The plural of "aircraft" is "aircraft".
There are formatting rules for making singular nouns plural. Most nouns, you simply add an 's' but if the word ends in 's, sh, ch, x or z', you add 'es'. Other exceptions occur for words ending with 'o' and 'y'. Exceptions exist - sometimes you change other letters eg 'goose'/'geese', 'louse'/'lice'.
Other exceptions are words like 'sheep'. 'salmon' and 'aircraft'. In these cases, the plural is the same as the singular.
Unfortunately, there is no easy way of knowing which nouns follow which rules. You just have to know, learning by experience.

Interesting the plural of 'aeroplane' is 'aeroplanes'.

link https://www.grammar-monster.com/plurals.htm

Oct 15 2022, 3:45 AM
avatar
elburcher star
Answer has 5 votes
elburcher star
22 year member
1380 replies avatar

Answer has 5 votes.
In addition to the answer above...
The spelling rule is: when the word has a vowel (a, e, i, o, u) before the letter 'y', you add the letter 's' and when the word has a consonant (b, c, d, f, g, h, j, k, l, m, n, p, q, r, s, t, v, w, x, y, z) before the letter 'y', you remove the 'y' and replace it with 'ies'.

So, when the word has a vowel (a, e, i, o, u) before the letter 'y', you add the letter 's'.

Examples:

· Key = Keys
· Delay = Delays
· Holiday = Holidays
· Annoy = Annoys

And when the word has a consonant (b, c, d, f, g, h, j, k, l, m, n, p, q, r, s, t, v, w, x, y, z) before the letter 'y', you remove the 'y' and replace it with 'ies'.

Examples:

· Accompany = Accompanies
· Emergency = Emergencies
· Embassy = Embassies
· Quality = Qualities

link https://www.twinenglishcentres.com/blog/spelling-rules-changing-y-to-ies

Oct 16 2022, 6:21 AM
davejacobs
Answer has 0 votes
davejacobs
20 year member
956 replies

Answer has 0 votes.
Although the reference given above ...
link https://www.twinenglishcentres.com/blog/spelling-rules-changing-y-to-ies
... does not make it explicit that it is only talking about words that are nouns, it does mention that the rules apply to items or things.
One of the examples above is "Accompany", and the plural given as "Accompanies".
My problem is that the word "accompany" is not a noun, it is only a verb, and verbs have entirely different rules for different case. Here the word "accompanies" is the third person singular of the verb "accompany"
I accompany you, he accompanies me.
If the example had been "fly", "flies" I wouldn't have worried, because although "fly" is a verb, it also happens to be a noun, and in that case subject to these rules. Or better, just "company".
I'm sorry to persist with this point, but I do think it a good thing to be accurate in our answers where possible.

Oct 24 2022, 10:06 AM
free email trivia FREE! Get a new mixed Fun Trivia quiz each day in your email. It's a fun way to start your day!


arrow Your Email Address:

Sign in or Create Free User ID to participate in the discussion
Return to FunTrivia
"Ask FunTrivia" strives to offer the best answers possible to trivia questions. We ask our submitters to thoroughly research questions and provide sources where possible. Feel free to post corrections or additions. This is server B184.