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    Writing Rules: Forming Plurals of Nouns Ending in o Preceded by Consonants

    Thursday, November 05, 2009

    The plurals of most nouns ending in an o that's preceded by a consonant are formed by adding es.

    potato - potatoes
    embargo - embargoes
    Exception: All musical terms ending in an o form plurals by adding only an s.
    soprano - sopranos
    duo - duos
    piano - pianos

    Other exceptions include memos and nouns ending in o that can form plurals by adding either s or es, such as mementos/mementoes and cargos/cargoes.

    (From Write for Business, page 209, and Proofreader's Guide PDF, page 21)