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?

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Comments

Dear sir,
i am confused with a sentence. the sentence is "I think her _____ watch far too much television." the correct answer is children. why it cannot be child as there is a possessive determiner in beginning HER.

i request u to please solve my problem..
Thanks alot

Hello Laraib Amin,

'child' is not possible here because the verb 'watch' would not work with 'child' as a subject – if 'child' were the subject, the verb would have to be 'watches'.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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Hello Sir,
A new mobile has been launched in the market.
Is it right?

Hello chandini,

Yes, that is a correct sentence.

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello sir,

Thank you very much for providing us an opportunity to learn English Language online.
BR
Aziz Ahmed
Karachi, Pakistan

Hello sir,
I have a problem with singular and plural.
what would an advertise be like if it intends to say that now students do not have to go to senior teachers for every next level (secondary, higher secondary,etc) of school because advertisers provide tuitions from 1-12?
also would it be correct saying:"No need to change teacher /teachers every few years after Class/Classes 4 and/or 8 and/or 10"
we shall use and or or?

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