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Rules for Nouns – English Study Material & Notes

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Nouns have two forms, the Singular and Plural. The singular form is used to refer to one person or thing. The plural form is used for referring to more than one person or thing. This type of nouns are called countable noun or uncountable nouns. Let us now look into examples of common uncountable nouns: – absence, food, wind, behaviour, beauty, death, truth, fear, nature, justice, safety, depression, peace, finance, power, intelligence, youth, capacity, health, pride, welfare, confidence, strength, mercy, duty, nature, labour, silence, time, love, energy, staff, death, joy, help, etc.

When a singular form of a countable noun is used as a subject, it takes Singular verb. When the plural form of a countable noun is used as a subject, it takes Plural verb. For instance;

A girl is singing in the park.

Some girls are singing in the park.

Singular countable nouns take a determiner before them but plural countable nouns do not take any determiner when they refer to something in general. For instance;

He bought a book to prepare for the examinations.

Most schools have computers for students.

The nouns which refer to general things such as quality, substance, state, action, etc. have only one form – singular. Such nouns are called uncountable nouns(the nouns which cannot be counted). These nouns are not usually used with numbers or determiners like a, an or the. For instance;

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