Dis English Sef: The ‘S’ in Nouns 2
Last week, this column was all about singular nouns that will always take the letter ‘s’. It also explained that in certain situations, these singular nouns that always end in ‘s’ are sometimes considered as plural nouns. For a quick reminder, such words that are always singular include: economics, statistics, politics and measles.
Today, our concentration shall be on those nouns that end in ‘s’ and are grammatically regarded as plural nouns always. The common examples in this category are tools and articles of dress. They are often called summation plurals because they have two equal parts which are joined to make a whole.
Below is a list of summation nouns you should not forget: scissors, shorts, trousers, pants, pajamas, knickers, etc. To show the plural form of these types of nouns, the phrase, ‘a pair of is introduced. So you can have a pair of trousers.
Other examples of plural nouns that will always take ‘s’ even though they are neither tools nor articles of dress include: customs, arms, archives, bowels, guts, annals, contents, earnings, remains, amends, etc. Be informed that there are cases where these words are used without‘s’ with difference in meaning.
The best we can now do is to use some of these words in sentence.
From the above, it is obvious that these words must take the letter ‘s’ whenever they are used as nouns and they are must take the plural verb.
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