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Old July 29, 2014, 11:19 AM
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The plural of 'el rey'


When a spanish word ends in a vowel , we make it plural by adding only S.

Example ( Un libro : Los libros )

But , (Un rey) becomes ( Los Reyes ) in the plural !

Is it because Y is not a vowel in spanish ? did I get that right ?

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Originally Posted by amrabdelkhalek View Post

When a Spanish word ends in a vowel, we make it plural by adding only an 's'.

Example: ( El libro/Los libros )

But, ('El rey') becomes ( 'Los Reyes' ) in the plural!

Is it because 'y' is not a vowel in Spanish? Did I get that right?

¡Muchas gracias!
The letter 'y', when it ends a word, is known as a semivowel.

There's a rule that says 'es' is added to nouns that end in 'y'.
(But the rule doesn't apply to 'loan words', like 'jersey' or 'gay'.)

(There are other rules regarding nouns that end in accented vowels, by the way.)
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Old July 29, 2014, 10:25 PM
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