- The news is amazing!
- Statistics is an interesting subject to Justin.
- Proper nouns are nouns representing unique entities. Examples: Justin, China, Colgate, Physics, George Smith's High School and many others.
- Common nouns describe a class of entities (such as city, planet or person). Examples: paper, shampoo, mother, shoes, idea, village and many others.
Note: Proper nouns are capitalized.
- Some other nouns in -s can be singular in one meaning and plural in another. When they refer to a body of knowledge, they are singular.
example 1: Politics is an important study in the social sciences.
example 2: Physics requires an understanding of numbers.
- But when the same words are used in a more particular sense - not politics as a field but somebody's politics- they are considered plural.
example 1: John's politics are so ambitious.
example 2: How are the acoustics in the new speech lab?
Choose the appropriate verbs in the paragraph below:
Justin (study, studies) so much every night. He (love, loves) Physics and Mathematics. During the day, Mathematics (is, are) more of a focus to him. Though Physics (need, needs) his attention as well.
- A pair of trousers is on the seat. (Since the noun pair is present , we use -is).
- Ted's trousers are on the seat. (Since the noun pair is absent, we use are).
- This pair of shoes needs repair.
- These shoes need repair.
These words are always plural and take plural verbs:
- A number of students have joined the rally.
- The number of students joining the rally is only five hundred.
~end of lesson~