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.
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