Ending -s in English

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1. -s at the end of English words and their meanings

1.1. Plural form of a noun

There are two books on the desk.

Drop the s and you'll get book. This is a noun. → plural of the nouns

1.2. Simple Present – 3rd person singular

John likes football.

Drop the s and you'll get like. This is a verb. → Simple Present

1.3. Apostrophe 's

  • Have you seen Lisa's schoolbag?
  • Here is Charles's book.
  • The girls' room is nice.

see Genitiv -s/Apostrophe

If you use the short/contracted form for is, you'll get 's → He is in the kitchen. → He's in the kitchen.

2. Other words ending in -s

These are words ending in -s or -ss, e.g.

  • always
  • as
  • bus
  • chaos
  • circus
  • famous
  • nervous
  • perhaps
  • tennis
  • this
  • us
  • yes

and

  • across
  • actress
  • address
  • class
  • cross
  • discuss
  • dress
  • glass
  • guess
  • kiss
  • less
  • Miss
  • pass
  • press

If you drop the -s you will not get an English word.

Examples:

  • tennis → tenni is not an English word
  • dress → dre is not an English word

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