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Singular - Glossary of Terms


Singular

A noun is classified as singular if it refers to one thing. The opposite to singular is plural. A noun is classified as plural when it refers to more than one thing.

Examples:

The man left the bank. (man - singular / bank - singular)
The women left the shops. (women - plural  / shops - plural)

Nouns that represent groups (called collective nouns) can be treated as singular or plural, depending on the sense of the sentence.

Examples:

The shoal was moving north. (shoal - singular)
The shoal were darting in all directions. (shoal - plural)
 
Interactive example:
 
Mark hooked a mackerel. Lee caught 2 whelks, and Craig landed a bass. [show me the singular nouns]
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