Forming the plural of nouns ending in -z

Spanish nouns that end in consonant -z form their plural by adding -es and changing the -z for a -c.

Look at these examples:

Voy al cine dos veces al mes.
I go to the cinema twice a month.

una vez/dos veces

Podemos pescar muchos peces en este río.
We can fish lots of fish in this river.

un pez/dos peces

Las voces de esos cantantes son maravillosas.
Those voices of those singers are wonderful.

una voz/dos voces

Whatever the gender, they all form their plural this way.

Be careful with nouns that have a written accent in their singular form. When making their plural, they keep the original accent. For example:

Tengo un piz.
I have a pencil.

Tengo dos pices.
I have two pencils.

See also Forming the plural of nouns ending in a consonant (except -z).

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Las voces de esos cantantes son maravillosas.
Those voices of those singers are wonderful.


Podemos pescar muchos peces en este río.
We can fish lots of fish in this river.


Voy al cine dos veces al mes.
I go to the cinema twice a month.


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