Nouns that are only Singular

Hi dear English learners! 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. As you already know, nouns in English have both singular and plural forms. However, there is a group of nouns that can only be singular and we are going to discuss them today. Nouns that normally belong to this group are:

1. Names of particular people, places, events, e.g. Peter, Johnson, Trafalgar Square, Easter, Saturday…

  • As far as I’m concerned, Christmas is the most enjoyable time of the year.
  • I’ve got a few friends but Bernard is my best friend.
  • Oxford Street is always full of people on Saturdays.
  • Versailles is a famous castle in France.
  • Mont Blanc is not as high as Mount Everest.

Although, you can use some of them in plural if you think of them in a ‘countable’ way:

  • We never work on Sundays.
  • The Johnsons are coming for lunch this evening.
  • All those coffees you’ve drunk today can’t be good for you.
  • When I saw the lottery numbers, I thought all my Christmases came together.
  • Look how many chocolates there are on the shelf.

2. Most uncountable nouns: water, furniture, advice, hair…

Some of these nouns may be countable  in your language, so be mindful and try not to tell them  wrong. 

  • I’m not going to the beach, the water is too cold today.
  • We haven’t had such a beautiful weather for a long time, have we?
  • You know what they say – 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 has ever happened.
  • Look at the great furniture in that shop window.
  • You shouldn’t leave your luggage unattended.
  • Do they really need all that equipment to fix the tap?
  • Apparently, the jewellery she kept in a hotel safe wasn’t insured.

3. Some nouns ending in ‘S’: politics, Emirates, crossroads, measles, physics, maths,…

Some of these nouns may have plural in your native language, so be careful. Remember them in context and don’t translate in your head while speaking English. 😃

  • 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.
  • Fiona almost fainted when she heard the tragic news.
  • Skittles was one of my favourite games while growing up.
  • Although his parents wanted him to study economics, Sean decided to go for acting.
  • Brussels is the capital of Belgium.
  • Go straight and then turn left at the next crossroads.
  • Stir onions, molasses, mustard, tomato paste and cinnamon into the pan.
Nouns that are only singular

Nouns that are only singular

English tip Copy copy (6)

If you really want to learn English but don’t know how to do it and where to start, don’t hesitate to contact us. Book an online English lesson with one of our certified and experienced English teachers and take a test and consultation. Choose the most suitable app: Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp, Viber or Facebook Messenger. You should certainly join us for 30-minute conversation sessions. We are organizing lessons at a 30% discount. Check it out!

In case you have any questions regarding English or Skype private lessons, don’t hesitate to drop us a line on WhatsApp because we’d be happy to hear from you. 🙂

If you liked this post, check out our other posts:

Nouns That are Only Plural

Idioms and Other Expressions with the Noun “Story”

Learn 23 Ways to Use the Verb “Meet”

24 Expressions with the verb “Hold” + 6 Phrasal Verbs

My Lingua Academy

My Lingua Academy is an online school of English language. We give one-on-one lessons to students of English of all ages and all levels of knowledge all around the world. With us you can prepare for written assignments and exams, attend a general or business English course, or have conversation classes with qualified English teachers who have years of experience.

1 Comment

Nouns Which are Only Plural - My Lingua Academy · 21 Jan 2021 at 9:46 am

[…] Nouns which are only singular 7 Tips to Help You Improve Your Listening Skills Personal and Impersonal Passive […]

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: