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What Does Plural Mean? (Definition and Examples)The word plural denotes a quantity greater than one. Plural contrasts with singular, which denotes only one. For example:
- One dog / two dogs (The word dog is singular, but dogs is plural.)
- He shouts. / They shout. (He is a singular pronoun, and shouts is a singular verb.)
(Note: The word dog is a singular noun, but dogs is a plural noun.)
(They is a plural pronoun, and shout is a plural verb.)
Most Nouns Have Singular and Plural FormsMost nouns have singular and plural forms. A noun with a singular and plural form (e.g., dog/dogs, man/men) is called a countable noun. A countable noun contrasts with a non-countable noun, which does not have a plural form (e.g., music, bravery).
Below are some countable nouns which are plural in number: