What Does Plural Mean? (Definition and Examples)

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: The terms plural and singular are values of the grammatical category of number.

Most Nouns Have Singular and Plural Forms

Most 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: Most of the time in English, a noun forms its plural by adding -s or -es to its singular version. However, not every noun forms its plural this way. For example:

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