Improve your English: words without a plural

Improve your English: words without a plural

One of the first grammatical rules you will learn when you start an English course is that when you have plural of something, you will add an ‘s’ to the noun to show that you have more than one.

For example, if your house has more than one television, you would say “I have two televisions in my house”.

However, did you know there are some nouns that you cannot make plural by adding an ‘s’? For these nouns it doesn’t matter if you say the singular or plural form of the noun, they are both the same. So here is a list of some nouns that are written the same in the singular and plural form.

Noun

Meaning

Baggage/LuggageThe bags that contain all your clothes and other items when you are travelling
EvidenceThe facts available to prove something, for example, “evidence in a court case”
FurnitureLarge, movable items around your house, for example, television, sofa, table, chair
HomeworkAssignments that students get from school
HouseworkDifferent things that you do to maintain your home, like cleaning
JewelryRings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings and other accessories we wear
MoneyCoins and banknotes that we use as currency
MusicVocal or instrumental sound
NewsInformation about current topics from around the world
PajamasClothing you wear at night
SheepWoolly mammals typically kept as livestock
PantsCloths worn below the waistline with a section for each leg

Remember to always practice using these nouns so that you get used to them. Also, I don’t want to depress you, but these are just a few, there are many more!

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2 comments

  1. The nouns are the same in the plural and in the singular, but what about the verbs and articles? Isn’t it so that the words news and furniture are used only in the singular form?

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