What is the plural of Monkey...?

Discussion in 'Shooting the Breeze' started by zoe, Jul 19, 2006.

  1. zoe

    zoe Frequent Poster

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    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...?
     
  2. purplealien

    purplealien Frequent Poster

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    monkeys
     
  3. zoe

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    Thanks PurpleAlien.

    So is there not a rule whereby the plural of words which end in an 'ey' has to end in an 'ies'?
     
  4. sun_sparks

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    Hi zoe,

    Yes you're right there is. But there are some exceptions - valley/valleys, etc.
     
  5. Polo-Boy

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    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 !
     
  6. penang

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  7. zoe

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

    It's definitely just a coincidence Polo-Boy. I'm not publishing anything about monkeys!
     
  8. sun_sparks

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    Penang - that should be words ending in y preceeded by a VOWEL not noun.
     
  9. penang

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    of course sun - correct