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?

Exercise

Comments

Hello,
I would like to ask about the following. When we use the word character and when we use the word personality?
Do they have the same meaning? or there is any different?
Can we say
That person has a good personality AND/OR
That person has a good character
Thank you in advance

Hello agie

In some cases they can mean much the same thing, but in general when we speak about a person's character, we're thinking more of characteristics that they develop over time and are associated with their beliefs and actions. Their personality, in contrast, is more innate, i.e. they are born with the personality they have.

By the way, you can often find explanations of the difference between two words by doing an internet search for 'what's the difference between character and personality'.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

How are you ?
Can we use( lots of or a lot of) in negative sentences or should we replace them with (much and many) ?
Thank you.

Hello Hamdy Ali,

You can use lots of and a lot of in negative sentences. For example

I don't have a lot of time.

 

You can also use much and many, of course.

 

The difference is very slight and in most contexts you can use either. I would say that not much means there is only a small amount. In some contexts, not a lot of could mean that the amount is not great, but is not necessarily small either.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello,
I would like to ask if the following is correct
There are films that last about 2 hours, but there are films that may last from 6 minutes to 30 minutes. For the second ones, we say that this is a short film?
If we see a part from a movie( 2 minutes) a specific scene, then we say that we saw a specific scene?
Thank you in advance

Hello agie

Yes, that's right. Well, I'm not completely sure about the time limit for short films, but yes, in general films of that length are referred to as 'short films'.

A 'scene' refers to a sequence in the film that is one place or one action in some way. If you are talking about a part of a film where there is more than one scene, or that is shorter than an entire scene, a better word might be 'clip', which just refers to a segment of unspecified nature.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

I have seen many hotels in our area having name like this :

HOTEL 'PROPER NOUN' INN

Is it correct to use both 'Hotel' and 'Inn' in a single name ? Is it not redundant ? Your view ?

Hello dipakrgandhi,

I can't really comment on this as I'm not sure I understand what you mean without an example. In any case, English is a constantly evolving langauge with a descriptive rather than a prescriptive grammar – in other words, the rules of English describe how it is actually used, rather than trying to be a system which must be followed. If a certain naming convention is in common use then it becomes correct by default, and the rules of grammar change to represent this.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

I will use my name here : 'Hotel Dipak Inn' . Now are the words 'hotel' and 'inn' redundant in meaning ? Should we not use either hotel or inn - and not the both - in a single name ?

Hello dipakrgandhi

As Peter says, it depends on the context, but in general I agree with you when you say it's redundant. I'd probably say either 'The Dipak Hotel' or 'The Dipak Inn' and not use both words.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

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