Plural nouns

Some nouns have no singular form and only exist in a plural form. They are called plural nouns.

Some plural nouns are things which have two parts joined together:

  • trousers (trousers consist of two legs)
  • scissors (scissors have two parts)
  • sunglasses (two main parts, one for each eye).

Some plural nouns refer to a group (of people or things):

  • police
  • cattle

Plural nouns always take a plural form of the verb:

  • The police were there.
  • His trousers are black.
  • My sunglasses are broken.

We can use some with many plural nouns. In some cases we can say a pair of:

  • some jeans
  • a pair of jeans
  • some glasses
  • a pair of glasses
  • some goods

For more examples, see 10 plural nouns in our vocab section.


  1. Siavash - December 20, 2015, 7:53 am Reply

    Thanks for the informative content..
    I ran into a problem using demonstrative adjectives with the word glasses.I would like to know If we should use “this” or “these” while pointing a singular glasses??
    Which one is correct?
    1-This/that is a pair of glasses.
    2-These/those are a pair of glasses.

    • Stuart Cook - February 2, 2016, 11:31 am Reply

      This/that is a pair of glasses.

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