Word Game: If mice is the plural of mouse, then why isn’t hice the plural of house?

The Oxford Word Challenge

Plurals

Is it media or mediums? Is it tomatoes or tomatos or tomato’s?

Find the correct plural form for the following words (we’ve used the Concise Oxford Dictionary as a reference.

Example: Ox
Answer:Oxen

1. Louse.

2. Mother-in-law.

3. Index.

4. Teaspoonful.

5. Crisis.

6. Phenomenon.

7. Court martial.

8. Incognito.

9. Opus.

10. Manservant.

11. Grant-in-aid.

12. Armful.

13. Addendum.

14. Stigma.

The answers are in the first comment.

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2 thoughts on “Word Game: If mice is the plural of mouse, then why isn’t hice the plural of house?

  1. Oxford Word Challenge
    Plurals: Answers

    1. Louse – lice.

    2. mothers-in-law.

    3. Index – indexes or indices.

    4. Teaspoonful – teaspoonfuls.

    5. Crisis – crises.

    6. Phenomenon – phenomena.

    7. Court martial – courts martial.
    (The plural of the Court not the procedure).

    8. Incognito – incognitos.

    9. Opus – opuses or opera.

    10. Manservant – manservants.

    11. Grant-in-aid – grants-in-aid.

    12. Armful – armfuls.

    13. Addendum – addenda.

    14. Stigma – stigmas or stigmata.

    Tue, 19 Feb 2002 09:34:41

  2. Yikes! I missed two: court martial and armful. I’ve never had the opportunity to use court martial in the plural… but armful really confuses me. Can you use it in a sentence?

    Come on, now, use it in a sentence!

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