Grammar Guide: A rule on forming plurals

A headline that was briefly displayed on CNN.com illustrates the violation of a rule on forming plurals.

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To form the plural of a noun that ends in y preceded by a vowel, add an s. So journey becomes journeys.

To form the plural of a noun that ends in y preceded by a consonant, change the y to i and add es. So copy becomes copies.

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