Saturday, July 6, 2013
Errors in the use of singular and plural:
One can give a lot of advice. (not advices.)
You may read poetry. But you can’t read poetries. You can read only poems.
‘Staff’ is a collective known comprising all the members of the staff. It is .
The staff is very happy with Umesh’s performance. ( Not staffs.)
The scenery was breathtaking. ( not sceneries).But we can say,
The scenes were lovely.
We have bought new furniture- (not ) . We have bought a few .
I bought a loaf of bread and ate three slices.
For your reference:
Nouns, always singular
advice help honesty music
Information beauty bravery truth wisdom
knowledge bread butter gold
silk hair furniture weather scenery
poetry traffic crew
Nouns, always plural
jeans shorts pants tights
glasses pliers scissors spectacles
contents Alms oats stairs
riches wages arms surroundings
drugs teens earnings
thanks auspices regards funds
clothes condolences goods congratulations
Nouns, singular in form but plural in sense:
cattle people police
Nouns in the same form in singular and plural:
deer poultry sheep public fish issue
* What is onomatopoeia?