Singular Nouns

Nouns used in their singular forms

In English there are nouns that are used only in the singular.

1. Collections

NounSentence
luggageHe bought new luggage yesterday.
spaghettiWould you like some spaghetti?
hair*Your hair looks lovely.

* see countable and uncountable nouns

other examples: luggage, jewellery

2. Some nouns ending in -s

Even though they end in -s they have a singular form of the verb: have not has, is not are etc.,

NounSentence
newsHave you heard the news?
mathsMaths is my favourite subject.
progressProgress was made in our meeting last week.
The United StatesThe United States is a big country.

other examples: athletics, billiards, crossroads, darts, economics, gymnastics, physics, mumps, politics, series

3. Special nouns

These nouns cannot normally be used in the plural but only in the singular. They are related to emotions and activity.

NounSentence
homeworkMy maths homework was easy.
understandingThe understanding between them is amazing.
knowledgeHis knowledge of English is excellent.

other examples: advice, damage, work