What Does Singular Mean? (Definition and Examples)


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What Does Singular Mean? (Definition and Examples)

The word singular denotes a quantity of one. Singular contrasts with plural, which denotes more than one. For example: The terms singular and plural are values of the grammatical category of number.

Most Nouns Have Singular and Plural Forms

Most nouns have singular and plural forms. Nouns with singular and plural forms (e.g., shark/sharks, woman/women) are known as a countable noun.

Countable nouns contrast with a non-countable nouns. Non-countable nouns (e.g., honesty, oxygen) are always singular. They do not have a plural forms.

Below are some countable nouns which are plural in number:

Read more about plural nouns.

Agreement in Number (Singular or Plural)

When studying grammar, you often encounter the term agree in number. In English, lots of constructions must agree in number. For example:

A singular subject must have a singular verb, and a plural subject must have a plural verb.

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