Posted by BethAnne on Monday, September 27, 2010 at 11:01am.
I have a question-I need to compare Spanish nouns in the singular versus plural to English. I know to make it plural in Spanish- I add s to a noun ending in a vowel and es if it is a consonant but I don't know how to actually put the comparison between the two languages into words to answer the question
- Spanish - PsyDAG, Monday, September 27, 2010 at 11:32am
Aren't they very similar?
- Spanish - BethAnne, Monday, September 27, 2010 at 11:37am
I'm suppose to tell at least one difference and one similarity-I have the similarity covered-what is the difference
- Spanish - Writeacher, Monday, September 27, 2010 at 12:14pm
In English there are many, many irregularly formed plurals. In Spanish, there are not.
child - children
man - men
woman - women
ox - oxen
fish - fish
elk - elk
deer - deer
xxx - scissors
alumnus - alumni
alumna - alumnae
cactus - cacti
fungus - fungi
... and many more:
- Spanish - SraJMcGin, Monday, September 27, 2010 at 1:36pm
In Spanish there ARE some irregular plurals.
For example, the ending z changes to c in front of e or i
Examples: la cruz = las cruces
el lápiz = los lápices
An accented i or ú adds -es
Examples: el rubi = los rubies
el tabú = los trabúes
2 exceptions with accented last syllable:
el sofá = los sofás & el menú = los menús
An unaccented final syllable ending iin -s has the same plural
Examples: el lunes = los lunes
el viernes = los viernes
Actually the first one (z--->C) is an orthographical change. That means for pronuncation's sake, especially in castellano where "z" is pronounced "th" rather than the Latin American "s"
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