Nouns and Adjectives: Irregular Plurals

Noms et adjectifs : Pluriels irréguliers

Most French nouns and adjectives become plural with the addition of s, but of course there are exceptions. The plurals of certain nouns and adjectives require an x instead, and may also need other spelling changes, depending on the last several letters of the word.

      Par exemple…
ail > aux  
un bail
 
des baux
 
(noun) lease(s)
 
al > aux  
un animal des animaux (noun) animal(s)
idéal
 
idéaux
 
(adj) ideal
 
au > aux  
un tuyau des tuyaux (noun) tip(s), hint(s)
esquimau
 
esquimaux
 
(adj) Eskimo
 
eau > eaux  
un bateau des bateaux (noun) boat(s)
nouveau
 
nouveaux
 
(adj) new
 
eu > eux  
un jeu des jeux (noun) game(s)
     
ou > oux  
un bijou des bijoux (noun) jewel(s)

 French nouns and adjectives

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