Why “children,” not “childs”?

Why “children,” not “childs”?

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Q: Your recent post about why “chicken” is singular has left me wondering where “-en” plurals such as “oxen,” “brethren,” “children,” “men,” “women,” and the archaic eyen come from. A: In Old English, nouns that followed certain patterns formed their plurals with -n rather than –s. These included the one you mention, eyen (“eyes”), as…