Learning English – Key Stage 2

A question: How do you know, when writing the plural of a word that ends with ‘o’ whether to add an ‘e’ ?
disco – discos
tomato – tomatoes
fiasco – fiascos
potato – potatoes
Is there a rule ? Or certain exceptions to remember ?

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Found (sort of) : http://www.classzone.com/books/language_of_lit_gr06/spelling/spell_student_3.cfm

8 thoughts on “Learning English – Key Stage 2

  1. From what I remember at school there were a few more complex rules for ed, er and ing. It was something about if that second last letter was a consonant and the last letter was a vowel you’d drop the vowel and add the post-fix.

    Perhaps it’s an aural based rule? Notice in the examples tomato and potato, the end sounds different to disco and fiasco. In english, unfortunately, each letter does not stand alone but has an effect on (sometimes) all the rest of the word.
    In this case it appears sco becomes scos whereas to becomes toes.

  2. I don’t remember being taught anything about that either but just looking at your examples I would say “tomato” and “potato” are English words whereas the other two aren’t. I’m not saying that’s a rule. It’s just an observation.

  3. There are exceptions to every single rule in the English language. Er, and that’s without exception ;) So any reason you can come up with is not necessarily applicable in all cases. I’m now struggling to think of another example like ‘potatoes’ and ‘tomatoes’ but I can’t think of one. Maybe these are the exceptions… I’ll post back if I think of anything else…

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