Forming the plural of nouns ending in -ou

Look at how these nouns ending in -ou change in the plural form:

Il y a des trous dans la route.
There are holes in the road.

Ils font pousser des choux dans leur jardin.
They're growing cabbages in their garden.

Il a des poux.
He's got lice.

J'adore les bijoux!
I love jewels!

Les fous sont dans la rue!
The mad men are on the street!

 

Note that as a rule, nouns in -ou take an -s in the plural form, except for 7 exceptions, which take an -x

le bijou les bijoux jewel(s) 
le chou les choux cabbage(s)
le caillou les cailloux stone(s)
le joujou les joujoux toy(s)
le genou les genoux knee(s)
le pou les poux lice
le hibou les hiboux owl(s)

 

Learn more about these related French grammar topics

Examples and resources

"Les pluriel des noms" by youlearnfrench.blogspot.com


J'adore les bijoux!
I love jewels!


Les fous sont dans la rue!
The mad men are on the street!


Elle a des cailloux dans sa chaussure.
She has stones in her shoe.


L'enfant est sur les genoux de sa maman.
The child is on his mum's knees.


Ils font pousser des choux dans leur jardin.
They're growing cabbages in their garden.


Il a des poux.
He's got lice.


Il y a des trous dans la route.
There are holes in the road.


Q&A

Robin

Kwiziq community member

30 November 2018

2 replies

may not have graded correctly?

I am pretty certain that I chose 3 nouns that were plural ending in s or x but after grading it showed that I only chose 2 of the 3 (ending in s or x).  ?

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

3 December 2018

3/12/18

Hi Robin,

Could you re-post this using your 'Report it' button in your Correction Board? This will link directly to the specific quiz making it easier for us to answer you...

Robin

Kwiziq community member

3 December 2018

3/12/18

Thank you.  There's so much to this website that I had not yet noticed a report button. 

Nick

Kwiziq community member

28 November 2018

1 reply

in the test it says trous is not a plural?

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

3 December 2018

3/12/18

Hi Nick, 

Could you use your 'Report it' button on your Correction Board which will link to the specific quiz and make it easier for us to answer you...

Clever stuff underway!