Count nouns have two forms: singular and plural.

Singular count nouns refer to one person or thing:

a book; a teacher; a wish; an idea

Plural count nouns refer to more than one person or thing:

books; teachers; wishes; ideas

Singular count nouns

Singular count nouns cannot be used alone. They must have a determiner:

the book; that English teacher; a wish; my latest idea

Plural forms

We usually add –s to make a plural noun:

book > books; school > schools; friend > friends

We add -es to nouns ending in –ss; -ch; -s; -sh; -x

class > classes; watch > watches; gas > gases; wish > wishes; box > boxes

When a noun ends in a consonant and -y we make the plural in -ies...

lady > ladies; country > countries; party > parties

…but if a noun ends in a vowel and -y we simply add -s:

boy > boys; day > days; play > plays

Some common nouns have irregular plurals:

Man > men; woman > women; child > children; foot > feet;
person > people

Plural count nouns do not have a determiner when they refer to people or things as a group:

Computers are very expensive.
Do you sell old books?




Collective nouns can take a singular verb, and a plural verb 'be', depending on how the speaker perceives the particular noun.
For example, if we look at the noun 'crew' as one entity we can say:
The BBC TV crew at the Olympic Games in South Korea is a large one.
If we look upon the crew as a collection of many individuals, we can use a plural form of the verb:
The BBC TV crew are mostly young, university graduates, who speak and understand Korean.
‘Team ‘ is another such a noun, for example:
Manchester City is the best team in the Premier League this season.
Manchester City team are very fast, very skilful, and very prolific!

I'm really sorry,
I'm never going to do it again.
I asure. Actually I misunderstood the word much as a adjective. I should have checked its entry out in the dictionary and then asked to you in case anything was left un-understood. I started wrongly, I'm sorry. I'll keep that in mind and not do that again.

This is very much information or This information is very much.
I think the one below is right isn't it ?
A bit or a little bit information or sugar or water Or A bit of or a little bit of information sugar or water. which are correct here the ones with a bit or a bit of ?

Hello SonuKumar,

Normally, 'a lot' is used instead of 'much' in positive statements: 'This is a lot of information'. I don't understand what exactly you mean by 'This information is very much' -- perhaps 'This information is very useful'? 

You can say 'a bit of water' or 'a little water' or 'a little bit of water' -- they all mean the same thing.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I wanted to know if we could write the same thing using these two different sentences (1.This is (very much) a lot of information. 2.This information is very much) is the second sentence wrong grammatically for describing the same thing as the first sentence does ?

Hello SonuKumar,

2 is not correct because 'very much' is not grammatical here -- we don't use it this way. Note that in the first sentence, it modifies the noun 'information', whereas in the second it is used as if it were an adjective (which it is not). If you look through the example sentences in the dictionary entry I linked to, you can see how it is used.

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All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I would like to point out to one widespread mistake when it comes to qualifying the noun "people".
Everywhere, in the UK, in the US, here in Canada, and I am sure everywhere else, you hear people say "the amount of people", instead of "the number of people". Please, use the word "number" before the word "people", as people are a countable noun; we should not think of people as minced meat, should we.


I have a question regarding the word "crew" . I believe that crew is a collective noun however I found it in a vocabulary list written as "crews" with "s" . is that true ? and why ?

thank you

Hello Nour,

I can't explain the vocabulary list you have, but it might be helpful to think that although 'crew' is a collective noun, it is a count noun. For example, at a press conference we can speak of different TV crews -- the BBC crew, the Al-Jazeera crew, etc. They are different groups and so we use the word 'crew' in the plural.

Does that make sense?

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Oh this is nice. as I know that "crew" means the "a group of people who work on and operate a ship". so we can use it as a group of people who work together in TV news channels ?