Singular and plural nouns
Here are some singular and plural nouns that you need to keep in mind to speak and write correct English.
Nouns that do not any singular form.
We may use singular form a noun mistakenly such as
You might say ‘scissor’. But, there is no such word in the English dictionary.
‘Scissor’ is a verb only. You cannot use it as a noun.
The correct word is ‘scissors.’
Where are scissors?
You can also say:
Where is the pair of scissors?
I have bought a new
trouser. (Don’t say ‘trouser’)
I have bought new trousers.
I have bought a new pair of trousers.
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Likewise, some nouns are used in singular form even though they end in -s, such as mathematics, politics, economics, measles, physics, aerobics, etc.
Mathematics is a difficult subject.
Economics is a fascinating subject.
Measles is contagious.
Nouns that don’t have plural forms
We normally add ‘s’ to make a plural.
However, there are some exceptions to this rule.
Let us go through a couple of words that don’t have any plural form.
These words do not have any plural forms.
These words are also called uncountable nouns.
Don’t say, I have some
Say, I have some information.
You can also say, I got a piece of information.
The word ‘information’ is often followed by ‘on’ or ‘about’
Do you have any information about this topic (on this topic)?
I have a piece of information about the book (on the book).
I got some information about the thief.
The company doesn’t any information about the absconding employee.
I have some important advice for you or I have a piece of advice for you.
Don’t say I have some
advices for you. Say, I have some advice for you.
Don’t say, I have two
advices for you. Say, I have two pieces of advice for you.
I have limited knowledge of this topic. (Not
I have some knowledge of computers. (Not
I have full knowledge of this technology. (Not
She has adequate knowledge of the Income Tax Act. (Not
Ram has sufficient knowledge of the German language. (Not
Let me do my hair, not
I will comb my hair, not
You need a hair cut, not
He has dense hair, not
We intend to buy a piece of furniture (for one item)
She is supposed to buy some furniture. (not some
We have two pieces of furniture. (not
two furniture or furnitures)
She wants to buy her entire furniture (not
furnitures) from this shop only.
Some more nouns without a plural form
Can you think of a plural form of the following words?
We have been using the below-mentioned words for years.
If I asked you the plural form of these words, you would feel confused.
The following words don’t have any plural form:
You may also read singular and plural nouns.
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