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I've been spelling the plural form of tardy as tardies. Spell check underlines the word but does not give a different spelling. I also tried tardys and got the same results. What is the correct plural spelling for tardy? Thank you! Emotion: smile
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Hi,

I've been spelling the plural form of tardy as tardies. Spell check underlines the word but does not give a different spelling. I also tried tardys and got the same results. What is the correct plural spelling for tardy?

It's not really a standard word. It's a bit of teacher jargon.

So, there s no real standard spelling. I suggest 'tardies'.

Clive
The plural is "tardies". Source wiktionary.
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It is because "Tardy" is an adjective, not a noun, therefore it cannot have a plural form. A person does not have a tardy. He/she is tardy. The noun form of the word is tardiness.

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Hi,

I think speaking of late students as 'tardies' is a part of teacher jargon.

Clive
I would think that the noun form also refers to instances of tardiness. "Your son has too many absences and tardies this semester."
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Here is a grammar rule taught to me that I also used in my classroom:
When the word ends in "Y", change the "Y' to "I" and add "ES".

I have found that the creators of most computer "spell check" programs do not know correct spellings or proper grammar.
CliveHi,I think speaking of late students as 'tardies' is a part of teacher jargon.Clive
That must be a North American thing. In the UK, we'd use 'lates'.
AnonymousWhen the word ends in "Y", change the "Y' to "I" and add "ES".
Only when the Y follows a consonant.
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