Non-Countable Nouns ending with “s”

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.

Appendicitis

Classics

Diabetes

Economics

Hepatitis

Mathematics

Measles

Meningitis

Mumps

Physics

Politics

Rabies

Rickets

 

Binoculars

Glasses (for eyes)

Pajamas

Pants

Pliers

Scissors

Shorts

Trousers

Tweezers

 

 

 

From the previous chart.

  1. Physics is important.
  2. Scissors are important.

Important to Remember. When we use the phrase “a pair of” we change the plural nouns to the singular. We say,

  1. Those glasses are nice. (We use “those” and “are” for plurals).
  2. That pair of glasses is nice. (We use “that” and “is” for singular).