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Old 19-07-2006, 12:41 PM
zoe zoe is offline
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Default What is the plural of Monkey...?

Is the pluarl of monkey, monkeys or monkies?

I checked on the internet and it seems to be monkeys. Though I always thought the plural of a word which ended with an 'ey' had to end with an 'ies'.

Anyone know...?
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Old 19-07-2006, 12:45 PM
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Default Re: What is the plural of Monkey...?

monkeys
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Old 19-07-2006, 12:48 PM
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Default Re: What is the plural of Monkey...?

Thanks PurpleAlien.

So is there not a rule whereby the plural of words which end in an 'ey' has to end in an 'ies'?
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Old 19-07-2006, 12:55 PM
sun_sparks sun_sparks is offline
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Default Re: What is the plural of Monkey...?

Hi zoe,

Yes you're right there is. But there are some exceptions - valley/valleys, etc.
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Old 19-07-2006, 12:57 PM
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Default Re: What is the plural of Monkey...?

Hi Zoe,

Can I ask how your question originated ?

I am sure I saw monkies in print somewhere today, but I can't remember where. Perhaps it is just a coincidence !
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Old 19-07-2006, 01:00 PM
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Default Re: What is the plural of Monkey...?

check http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English...egular_plurals

words ending in y preceeded by a noun form their plurals normally.

day - days
key - keys
monkey - monkeys
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Old 19-07-2006, 01:03 PM
zoe zoe is offline
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Default Re: What is the plural of Monkey...?

Thanks very much for that Penang. Most helpful, thanks.

It's definitely just a coincidence Polo-Boy. I'm not publishing anything about monkeys!
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Old 19-07-2006, 01:05 PM
sun_sparks sun_sparks is offline
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Default Re: What is the plural of Monkey...?

Penang - that should be words ending in y preceeded by a VOWEL not noun.
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Old 19-07-2006, 01:10 PM
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of course sun - correct
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