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SINGULAR AND PLURAL NOUN
SINGULAR AND PLURAL NOUN
HOW TO IDENTIFY NOUNS
There are a number of clues to identify nouns or noun phrases in a sentence:
The word is preceeded by an article, an adjective or a determiner (a, an, the,
some, any, few, alot of, little)
A destination; many activities; Any question; a lot of things; The magnificence;
2. This word is preceeded by a Possessive Pronoun (my, his, her, your) and Possessive
Auxiliary Verb (have, has).
My dream; its value; Your idea; their proposal; His courage; our suggestion; Its value;
3. Any word after preposition “of”
The capital city of America; A holy book of Moslem; A teaching of Christianity;
A fellow of Buddhist; Most of the cases; The goal of the project;
The height of mount Everest
SINGULAR AND PLURAL NOUN
Some nouns can be counted which later will be called count noun or countable noun, and
some cannot be counted which will be called non-count noun or uncountable noun.
A single unit or one of count noun is called singular noun which some are written or spelled
differently compare to the same noun which is more than one unit.
To make most nouns plural, add “s”
Change the y to i for noun which is ended in a consonant +y and add -es
Add –es to noun ending in –sh, -ch, -ss, and –x
If –y is preceded by a vowel, add only –s.
Nouns end in –o, needs additional –es (plural)
Nouns end in –o need additional –s (plural)
The plural form of some nouns is the same as the singular form
For some nouns, the plural form is taken from foreign language
If a noun ends in –fe or –f, change the ending to –ves.
Irregular Plural Form of Countable Nouns
NON-COUNT NOUN (UNCOUNTABLE NOUN)
Water, air, sugar, money
We can not say one water; one milk; or one air
Individual parts (count nouns)
The whole (non-count
A letter, a postcard, a bill,
An apple, a banana
Advice;gold; milk; Beauty; glass; nationality; Beef; history; oil; Bread; equipment; news;
Butter; Health; patience; knowledge; honesty; mail; Clothing; ice; money; Courage; time
Uncountable nouns are nouns that have only one form and take a singular verb
The country produces much rice; Mathematics is my favorite subject
The furniture in this room is to be replaced
THE NOUNS THAT ARE ALWAYS PLURAL
Each of the following nouns is always considered plural. It can’t be singular.
If someone wants to speak it as a singular noun, one has to say: “a pair of........”
Glasses; pliers; Pants; scissors; Jeans; tongs; Shorts; tweezers
The scissors are in the drawer; A pair of those scissors is dull;
The pants are in the washing machine; A pair of my pants is hanging in the cupboard
1.Do NOT end singular nouns with –s/-es
Kathy has finished reading one chapter of the book;
There is one empty chair in the back row for you to sit on.;
2. Use singular nouns after the words below.
There was not a single car in the parking lot; The school needed another baseball coach
She needs every penny she earns to support her family
3. Do NOT use a/an with plural nouns
About twenty calves are grazing in the field; There are beautiful birds of paradise in the zoo
They used axes to cut the trees
4. Use plural nouns after the words below
A number of
A couple of
a lot of
The institution gave scholarships to a number of students.;
Teachers use various techniques to make their lessons interesting.;
5. When words such as hundred, thousand or million follow a number, do NOT put them in
a plural form
Two hundred more employees are being recruited for the growing company
About sixty thousand rupiahs could be collected during the cultural night
6. Be careful of irregular plural nouns
The research presented a lot of valuable data; Oxen are usually used as draft animals
7. Use uncountable nouns with the words below
An amount of
They have to live on whatever little money they earn
We did not see much furniture in this house
Choose the correct determiners in the following sentences
1. I need (a few/ a little) rice for my baby
2. You need (many/ much) money to buy a car
3. My wife sold (that/those) bikes yesterday morning
4. There are (less/fewer) cars in this parking lot than in that parking lot
5. We need (many/ much) information before making a decision
6. Recently we always see (many/ much) bad news on television
7. There were (a large number of/ a large amount of) people in the room
8. We need (a great number of/ a large amount of) ice for the fish
9. You can get (a few/ a little) books in my room
10. I have (less/fewer) oil than you
A pronoun is a word that substitutes a noun or a noun phrase and denote persons or things
asked for, which have been previously specified or understood from the context.
1. SUBJECT PRONOUN
A subject pronoun is a pronoun that can be used as a subject of a sentence.
I gave Imelda money; He called me; She is waiting for him;
They let him go, We thank them; You hurt her
2. OBJECT PRONOUN
She doesn’t know me; I want you to call them tomorrow; Audience gave him a big applause
Antonio gave her a flower; I have a flower vase. I want to put it on the table
3. POSSESSIVE ADJECTIVE PRONOUN
A possessive adjective pronoun is used only with a noun following it
They are my friends; I keep your note book in the drawer;
Febri bought his computer last year; The dog is waving its tail;
4. POSSESSIVE PRONOUN
A possessive pronoun is used alone, without a noun following it.
This book is mine, that one is yours; Don’t take the cake, it is hers;
Our house is larger than theirs; Clara was my girlfriend, but now she is his;
5. REFLEXIVE PRONOUN
A reflexive pronoun usually appears directly after a verb.
I teach myself how to cook; Don’t hurt yourself with that knife;
Lucy blames herself for many things; We need to learn how to improve ourselves;
6. RELATIVE PRONOUNS
Relative pronouns are all used in adjective/relative clauses.
Who is used as a subject referring to a person
Whom is used as an object referring to a person
Which or that is used as a subject or an object referring to a thing
Whose is used to replace a possessive adjective
The woman who lives next door is a doctor
The woman - she lives next door – is a doctor
The woman who lives next door is a doctor
Where is the cheese? – it was in the fridge
Where is the cheese that was in the fridge?
We saw some people – their car had broken down
We saw some people whose car had broken down
The woman whom I wanted to see was away on holiday. (I wanted to see her)
Put in myself/ yourself/ ourselves or me/you/us
1. Julia had a great holiday. She enjoyed.........
2. It’s not my fault. You can’t blame.......
3. What I did was very wrong. I’m ashamed of.......
4. We’ve got a problem. I hope you can help.....
5. “Can I take another biscuit?” “Of course. Help........!”
6. Take somw money with.......in case you need it
Complete the sentences with –selves or each other
1. How long have you and Bill known............?
2. If people work too hard, they can make.........ill
3. I need you and you need me. We need..............
4. In Britain friends often give...............presents at Christmas
5. Some people are very selfish. They only think of..........
6. Nora and I don’t see........very often these days
The basic concept of subject-verb agreement is that verbs must agree in person and in number
with their subjects.
Agreement in number means that singular subjects must be followed by singular verbs, and
plural subjects by plural verbs
1. Some nouns with –s endings are singular and take singular verbs.
Mathematics gives me a headache; Athletics is popular in my country;
Billiards is not so popular today; Politics plays an important part in modern life
2. A number of takes a plural verb, but the number of takes a singular verb.
A number of houses are not occupied; A number of politicaians declare a new political
The number of the guests is 5 persons; The number of students who passed the exam is 25
3. Subjects with the following prepositional phrases take a singular verb:
As well as
in addition to
Among her works is To the King’s Most Excellent Health
4. The words on the list below are grammatically singular, and should always take singular
each (+singular noun)
every (+singular noun)
Somebody is knocking at the door
Nobody wants to be treated unfairly
Nothing in this world is certain
5. The words below take a singular or plural verb depending on the noun that follows them:
All of her poems were good
All of her work was good
Choose the correct form of the verb in the following sentences
1. Every junior high school student (has/ have) to take the final examination
2. There (has/ have) been too many students who have problems in their family
3. The army (is/ are) preparing kinds of weapons to attack the terrorists
4. The jury (was/ were) discussing the rubrics for the competition when I came
5. A pack of small birds (fly/ flies) over this village every morning
6. Our team always (become/ becomes) the winner of the annual competition
7. Either the students or the teacher always (work/ works) together to finish the project
8. Anybody (is/ are) free to visit this interesting place
9. A pair of trousers (was/ were) already bought by my son
10. Your glasses really (suit/ suits) you
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