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    #1

    Singular nouns only in form.

    Hi!

    There are some nouns in English like "clergy/cattle/vermin" that take a plural verb while they are not plural in form.

    Can you, please, provide any others?

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    Re: Singular nouns only in form.

    police

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    #3

    Re: Singular nouns only in form.

    Quid (BrE)
    stone (as unit of weight - BrE)
    sheep
    fish
    deer
    ​elk
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    Re: Singular nouns only in form.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Quid (BrE), stone (as unit of weight - BrE), sheep, fish, deer, ​elk
    When these are used in the singular, they take a singular verb form.

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    #5

    Re: Singular nouns only in form.

    Is there a difference between these nouns and non-countable mass nouns?
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    #6

    Re: Singular nouns only in form.

    Yes. Non-countable mass nouns take a singular verb form and determiners such as 'this' and 'much'.

    Pural-only forms such as cattle, police and clergy ​take a plural verb form and determiners such as 'these' and 'many'.

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    Re: Singular nouns only in form.

    OK, are there any others other than "clergy/cattle/vermin/police/people"?
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    #8

    Re: Singular nouns only in form.

    folk
    people (as the plural equivalent of person)

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    Re: Singular nouns only in form.

    OK, now we have got "clergy/police/vermin/people/cattle/folk/poultry"
    Are they any others?
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    Re: Singular nouns only in form.

    There is no need to keep asking, man of manners. The thread remains open. People will add new words if they think of any.

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