Improve your English: words without a plural

One of the first grammatical rules you will learn when you start an English course is that when you have plural of something, you will add an ‘s’ to the noun to show that you have more than one.

For example, if your house has more than one television, you would say “I have two televisions in my house”.

However, did you know there are some nouns that you cannot make plural by adding an ‘s’? For these nouns it doesn’t matter if you say the singular or plural form of the noun, they are both the same. So here is a list of some nouns that are written the same in the singular and plural form.




The bags that contain all your clothes and other items when you are travelling


The facts available to prove something, for example, “evidence in a court case”


Large, movable items around your house, for example, television, sofa, table, chair


Assignments that students get from school


Different things that you do to maintain your home, like cleaning


Rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings and other accessories we wear


Coins and banknotes that we use as currency


Vocal or instrumental sound


Information about current topics from around the world


Clothing you wear at night


Woolly mammals typically kept as livestock


Cloths worn below the waistline with a section for each leg

Remember to always practice using these nouns so that you get used to them. Also, I don’t want to depress you, but these are just a few, there are many more!

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