Simple English

Pile of Letters

English is very simple. Take the number of its nouns
Whether singular or plural, just a simple rule abounds
To create one from the other. So the plural form is ‘socks’
From one ‘sock’. Just so we make from lock its plural form of ‘locks’.

There are one or two exceptions to this rule. So very few.
They add colour to the English language – if you only knew.
Therefore put your best foot forward. But you land upon your feet.
(Although beets is still the plural form of its singular beet.)

There’s one person, many people. There’s a man, but many men.
There’s one son but never seople, many sons. Many children
From its singular (it’s obvious of course) from just one child.
Though of course there’re many wilds from its singular of wild.

You see grazing on the fertile hills one sheep or many sheep
Although keeps and sleeps are plural forms of just one keep or sleep.
The singular of many geese is simply just one goose
But papooses and those nooses plurals from: papoose and noose.

Someone might have many oxen though you may have just one ox.
But come boxes and too foxes from a single box or fox.
From one alga many algae in the fishpond growing green.
Many brolgas from a brolga. So you see now what I mean?

Many lice come from a single louse. And mice come from a mouse.
But never hice – for houses is the plural form of just one house.
And in your mouth you have a tooth or even many teeth
But many booths from just one booth, and never many beeth.

So you see how simple English is – its rules are so straight-forward
With just one or two exceptions now and then, which can be awkward.


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