Mad about plurals—a gaggle of geese.
What is the plural of goose? Did you say, gooses?
Unfortunately, it is not. (If only the English language was that simple—how boring it would be. 😄)
The plural of goose is ‘geese’.
So, one goose, two geese.
You are ready now, my friend, to go out into the world in strong command of the plural of ‘goose’.
But, but… hold on a minute, not so fast.
In English, we can also refer to a group of people or things by a single noun.
So, one man, two men, a group of men.
One dog, two dogs, a pack of dogs.
One aircraft, two aircraft, a squadron of aircraft.
Cool. Now knowing that, we can refer to a group of geese
(one goose, two geese, a–what?–of geese)
How would we refer to a group of geese?
Answer: this is where it gets complicated. 🙄
How we refer to a group of geese depends on whether or not the geese are flying!
If they are flying, we call the group a flock of geese.
If the geese are on the ground, we call the group a gaggle of geese.
Spot the difference:
Well, I hope all that is clear and that now, you are a master of the plural of the noun, ‘goose’.
By the way…
What is the plural of moose? Did you say “meese”?
Nope, sorry, you’re wrong.
“Okay,” you say, “is it mooses?”
Nope, sorry, it isn’t.
“Oh alright,” you say tiredly. “Is it cows?”
🤣 Nope, most unfortunately, it is not.
Image shows a moose.
“So what is it?” you ask, now slightly annoyed.
It is… moose! Yes, it’s true. The plural of moose is ‘moose’.
Because. (And also because English is like that.)