Singular and Plural Nouns

Singular and Plural Nouns

 In English, there are many singular nouns that represent a group; that is, you do not add an “s” to them, even though they are plural in number. In addition, their pronouns are usually singular.

e.g. You must talk to the committee and its members about this issue.

e.g. I have a lot of information about this business and its impact on the economy.

Some of the most common singular nouns representing many components are as follows:

anger, appreciation, baggage, concentration, confusion, consideration, corruption,  cost, devotion, energy, entertainment, envy, equipment, evidence, furniture, frustration, gossip, help, homework, humanity, humility, imagination, independence, jewelry, justice, knowledge, luggage, mail, offspring, proof, recovery, respect, sleep, slang, software, violence, waste

Remember, they do not need an “s” and their respective pronouns are also singular.

Stephen Lau

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Author: Stephen Lau

Born in Hong Kong, Stephen Lau received his education from the University of Hong Kong, SEAMEO in Singapore, and the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. He has published books on learning English as well as on health and wisdom in living. He now resides in the United States.

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