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    Question on singular nouns

    What is the easiest way to explain to someone who doesn't speak english very well the use of nouns that are always singular even if you're talking about more than one of them (for example sheep, information etc)?

    Thanks a lot

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    Re: Question on singular nouns

    Quote Originally Posted by neilfraser121@gmail.com View Post
    What is the easiest way to explain to someone who doesn't speak english very well the use of nouns that are always singular even if you're talking about more than one of them (for example sheep, information etc)?

    Thanks a lot
    He should make a list of them and learn by heart.

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    Re: Question on singular nouns

    There's a difference between nouns that don't change form in the plural but take a plural verb, and those that are always in the singular.

    One mouse is, two mice are.
    One moose is, two moose are.
    Here, moose looks the same, but takes a plural verb when there are multiple moose invovled, which can be memorized, probably.

    Those are different from uncountable nouns, which take the singular. If you can count them, they take the plural form of the verb, but if not, they take the singular. You can have two pieces of information, but not two informations. You can have two suitcases, but only "luggage" without a number. Many non-natives seem to have a lot of trouble with this, so it may be a matter of simply reading and becoming familiar with them. A good dictionary should say whether a noun is countable or not.

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