Most nouns take an -s in the plural unless they already end in -s, -x, -z

In French, just like in English, to make most nouns plural, you simply add -s at the end.

J'ai un enfant et mon frère a trois enfants.
I have one child and my brother has three children.

Il y a deux ballons bleus et un ballon rouge.
There are two blue balloons and one red balloon.

Je vois un petit chien et deux grands chiens.
I see a small dog and two big dogs.

Note that you don't pronounce the plural -s in French.

ATTENTION: 

If a noun already ends in -s or -x or -z in the singular form, then it remains unchanged in the plural form.

Je vois une souris !  Je vois deux souris !
I see one mouse! I see two mice!

L'écureuil a une noix... non, deux noix !
The squirrel has one walnut... no, two walnuts! 

Mon nez est petit, mais leurs nez sont gros.
My nose is small, but their noses are big.

 

Learn more about these related French grammar topics

Examples and resources

"Plurals in French" by www.frenchspanishonline.com


"Les pluriel des noms" by youlearnfrench.blogspot.com


Il y a deux ballons bleus et un ballon rouge.
There are two blue balloons and one red balloon.


-s, -x, -z


L'écureuil a une noix... non, deux noix !
The squirrel has one walnut... no, two walnuts! 


Mon nez est petit, mais leurs nez sont gros.
My nose is small, but their noses are big.


Je vois une souris !  Je vois deux souris !
I see one mouse! I see two mice!


regular


J'ai un enfant et mon frère a trois enfants.
I have one child and my brother has three children.


Je vois un petit chien et deux grands chiens.
I see a small dog and two big dogs.


Q&A

Karen

Kwiziq community member

20 August 2018

1 reply

ses jours de congé: I'm doing one of your translation tests - why is there no S on congé please, even though it's jours with an s? Thank you!

Chris

Kwiziq community member

21 August 2018

21/08/18

Hi Karen,


there's no s because congé is not an adjective but a noun. 


Jours de congé -- days of vacation. 


If you said instaid "jours congés" it would be an adjective and hence also pick up the s. The difference lying in the preposition "de". 


-- Chris (not a native speaker). 

CrystalMaiden

Kwiziq community member

10 April 2018

1 reply

" le chien - les chiens " The sound clip's saying a whole lot more than just that.

What's she actually saying betwen le chien and les chiens?

Gruff

Kwiziq language super star

10 April 2018

10/04/18

Hi Crystal - that was a bug. It's fixed. Thanks for letting us know!
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