Compound Noun’s Plurality

The «base word» (the most «significant» word) adds -s/-es

  1. a tennis shoe — tennis shoes
  2. a woman-doctor — women-doctors
  3. an assistant headmaster — assistant headmasters
  4. an assistant secretary of state — assistant secretaries of state
  5. a doctor of philosophy — doctors of philosophy
  6. sergeant major — sergeants major
  7. attorney-general — attorneys-general
  8. governor-general — governors-general
  9. court martial — courts martial
  10. notary public — notaries public
  11. commander-in-chief — commanders-in-chief
  12. a mother-in-law — mothers-in-law
  13. brother-in-law — brothers-in-law
  14. father-in-law — fathers-in-law
  15. man-of-war — men-of-war
  16. toothbrush — toothbrushes
  17. a passer-by -passers-by
  18. bystander — bystanders
  19. maidservant — maidservants
  20. step-parent — step-parents
  21. lily-of-the valley — lilies-of-the valley


A whole compound noun+s if there is no obvious head noun (both words connected in writing)

  1. teaspoonful — teaspoonfuls
  2. handful — handfuls
  3. bucketful — bucketful
  4. cupful — cupful
  5. mouthful — mouthfuls
  6. toothbrush — toothbrushes
  7. haircut — haircuts
  8. grasshopper — grasshoppers
  9. blackboard — blackboards
  10. bedroom — bedrooms


Hyphened nouns with no noun

  1. higher-ups
  2. also-rans
  3. go-betweens
  4. has-beens
  5. good-for-nothings
  6. grown-ups
  7. mix-ups
  8. take-offs
  9. forget-me-nots
  10. merry-go-rounds
  11. run-ins
  12. higher-ups
  13. stand-ins


With noun

  1. fillers-in
  2. hangers-on
  3. passers-by
  4. makers-up
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