Word Ending in O

Never know when to end a word in o, os, or oes?

Goodness gracious me! I am sure that there must be a secret school for greengrocers and fruit and veg employees … where they are taught a difficult and secret way to use apostrophes at the end of vegetables. It is a miracle if I ever see a sign outside a greengrocer which *doesn’t* have an apostrophe where it isn’t needed!

[Feel free to send photos of offending signs to share with us!]

Words ending in O do NOT – I repeat – do NOT need an apostrophe *s* to make it plural!!!

When a singular word ends with a consonant (non-vowels) and o,
it is normal to add es to form a plural:

Singular
Plural

potato
tomato
volcano
mosquito
hero
cargo

potatoes
tomatoes
volcanoes
mosquitoes
heroes
cargoes

Exceptions – no *e* before *s*

photo
piano
solo
silo
merino
dynamo

photos
pianos
solos
silos
merinos
dynamos

When a singular word ends with yo or io, add ans:
 

ratio
studio
radio
embryo
folio
curio

 

ratios
studios
radios
embryos
folios
curios

What does it all mean??!

A noun is a naming word or an object (e.g. shoe, house, computer, employee).

Examples:

one potato
two potatoes
two potato’s is WRONG

one tomato
three tomatoes
three tomato’s is WRONG

one piano
two pianos
two piano’s or pianoes is WRONG

one studio
five studios
five studio’s is WRONG

Unless you have a school teacher who is correcting your work, you probably have no-one who proofreads for you, who can spot the errors … and yet it is so important. As working adults, many of us are required to do a fair amount of writing for our jobs, no matter which field we are in, so taking the time to learn grammar, apostrophes, punctuation, parts of speech and commonly misspelt words, will be a skill we can build on and improve with practice. Good luck!

 

2 Responses to Word Ending in O

  1. wordy smith says:

    words Ending with “O”

    There are Total 1007 words Ending with O (Suffix). O is not a word but only a combination of letters. o is made up of letters O.

    Example : 1). Stratovolcano 2). Supervirtuoso 3). Incommunicado 4). Aggiornamento 5). Generalissimo

    • ApostropheQueen says:

      Hi there wordy smith, thanks for visiting my humble website.

      Yes indeed the English language is rich with many words from other nationalities which end in “o” — aren’t we the lucky ones?

      cheers
      Teena

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