Plural nouns in English
Nouns used in their plural forms
In English there are nouns that are used only in the plural.
1. Pair nouns
|jeans||Where are my jeans?|
|glasses||She has lost her glasses.|
|scissors||These scissors don't cut well.|
If you want to refer to an exact number, use a/one pair of, like in the following example.
- I have bought a pair of jeans.
- I have bought two pairs of jeans.
There are more nouns: binoculars, headphones, pyjamas, scales, shorts, tights, trousers.
2. Nouns not used in the singular (headwords)
|cattle||Male cattle are called bulls.|
|clothes||He bought some new clothes yesterday.|
|stairs||The children ran down the stairs.|
|wages||The wages are paid on the last day of the month.|
|people *||Three people were killed in the car crash last Friday evening.|
|police||Look! The police are coming.|
* The word people can be used in the singular with another meaning:
- They are a friendly people.
- The native peoples of Africa often have black skins.
The following nationalities (no -s) are used in the plural:
- the Dutch
- the British
- the English
- the French
- the Spanish
- the Welsh
The singular of the English would be the Englishman.