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    Writing Rules: Forming Irregularly Spelled plurals

    Tuesday, November 24, 2009

    Some English words, including many borrowed from Latin or Greek, form a plural by taking on an irregular spelling; others are now acceptable with the commonly used s or es ending.

    Foreign Words

    alumnus - alumni
    datum - data (datums)
    phenomenon - phenomena

    English Words

    mouse - mice
    tooth - teeth
    ox - oxen

    (From Write for Business, page 210, and Proofreader's Guide PDF, page 22)