Just when you thought English grammar is easy and that you know everything about singular and plural, countable and uncountable nouns, you’ve bumped into this post. You know that nouns in English have both singular and plural forms. However, there is a group of nouns that can only be singular. These are:
Names of particular people, places, events, etc.
Peter, Johnson, Trafalgar Square, Easter, Saturday…
As far as I’m concerned, Christmas is the most enjoyable time of the year.
Oxford Street is always full of people on Saturdays.
Versaille is a famous castle in France.
Although, you can use them in the plural if you think of them in a ‘countable’ way:
We never work on Saturdays.
The Johnsons are coming for lunch this evening.
All those coffees you’ve drunk today can’t be good for you.
2. Most uncountable nouns: water, furniture, advice, hair…
The water is cold today.
Good advice is better than rubies.
Have you seen that girl? Her hair is orange with violet and green locks.
Modern technology is the best thing that ever happened.
3. Some nouns ending in ‘S’: politics, Emirates, crossroads, measles, physics, maths,…
Emirates is charging for seat selection.
I’m very interested in history. However, politics is not my cup of tea.
How common is measles in your country?
Although I’m not very fond of maths, physics is my favourite subject.
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