How To Identify Singular or Plural Nouns in English

How To Identify Singular or Plural Nouns in English

Today we will be looking at how you can identify Singular or Plural Nouns in English. By the end of this lesson, you will be able to:

  1. Describe a Singular and Plural nouns.
  2. List examples of irregular plurals.
  3. Identify Singular and Plural nouns in different sentences.

Now let’s begin;

What Are Singular or Plural Nouns?

Nouns that mean ‘only one’ person, place, animal, thing or idea are referred to as Singular in number. Nouns that mean ‘more than one’ are Plural in number.

Pronouns and verbs also have different singular and plural forms (we will explore this topic in another lesson).

With most of the nouns in English we make the plural by adding s to the singular.

We generally make English plural nouns into singular nouns by removing the s.

Let’s take a look at the examples in the table below.

SINGULAR PLURAL
boy boys
girl girls
dog dogs
book books

Here are a few exercises for you to complete

Exercise 1:

Fill in the space with the singular form of the noun.

  1. Five animals. An ___________
  2. Seven nouns. A ________
  3. Some ideas. An ________
  4. A lot of girls. One __________
  5. Some churches. A _________

Exercise 2:

Fill in the space with the plural form of the noun.

  1. One lion. Three ________   
  2. A bus. Some __________
  3. One day. Seven _________
  4. The footballer. All the _________________
  5. An eye. A lot of _________

Exercise 3:

Fill in the column with the singular or plural form of the noun/s in the sentences below.

  SINGULARPLURAL
1    
2    
3    
4    
5    
6    
7    
8    
9    
10    
  1. The cat has 10 kittens.
  2. Tears came to her eyes.
  3. Your books are on the table.
  4. There are some oranges in that bowl.
  5. The birds are chirping in the trees.
  6. How many doors are in that building?
  7. The boy said has sister had a headache.
  8. The cheetah is a very fast animal.
  9. My pen is in my bag.
  10. I have four fingers and one thumb on each hand.

Now let’s review what we have learnt today.
Nouns that mean ‘only one’ person, place, animal, thing or idea are referred to as Singular. Nouns that mean ‘more than one’ are Plural.

With most of the nouns in English we make the plural by adding s to the singular.

Next Lesson: NOUNS: IRREGULAR PLURALS

Solution

Exercise 1:

  1. animal
  2. noun
  3. idea
  4. girl
  5. church

Exercise 2:

  1. lions
  2. buses
  3. days
  4. footballers
  5. eyes

Exercise 3:

  Singular Plural
1 cat kittens
2   tears, eyes
3 table books
4 bowl oranges
5   birds, trees
6 building doors
7 sister, headache  
8 cheetah, animal  
9 pen, bag  
10 thumb, hand fingers

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