Non-Countable Nouns ending with an “s”
The fact that Non-countable nouns that end in “s” are sometimes singular and sometimes considered plural can cause students of English much confusion. However, if you look over the lists you will be able to see what types of nouns are considered singular and what types are considered plural. Remember that the verb must agree in number (singular or plural) with the noun.
|Considered Singular Nouns
Diseases, and educational courses
|Considered Plural Nouns
Objects with two physical parts, usually clothing and tools.
Glasses (for eyes)
From the previous chart.
- Physics is important.
- Scissors are important.
Important to Remember. When we use the phrase “a pair of” we change the plural nouns to the singular. We say,
- Those glasses are nice. (We use “those” and “are” for plurals).
- That pair of glasses is nice. (We use “that” and “is” for singular).