Plural Nouns

Nouns used in their plural forms

Some nouns are always used in a plural form and with a plural verb. Nouns like this are made of two parts. 

1. Pair nouns

Noun Sentence
jeans Where are my jeans?
pyjamas His pyjamas are blue.
scissors These scissors aren’t sharp.

If you want to refer to an exact number, use a/one pair of, like in the following example.

  • I have bought a pair of glasses.
  • I bought two pairs of glasses.

There are more nouns: binoculars, glasses, headphones, knickers, scales, shorts, tights, trousers, tweezers.

2. Nouns not used in the singular

Noun Sentence
groceries  I bought the groceries this morning.
clothes He bought some new clothes yesterday.
stairs The children ran up the stairs.
thanks Thanks are due to all who helped.
people Three people are waiting at the bus stop.
police Look! The police are coming.

3. Nationalities

The following nationalities (no -s) are used in the pural:

  • the Dutch
  • the British
  • the English
  • the French
  • the Spanish
  • the Irish
  • the Welsh

The singular of the English would be the Englishman.