Youth vs. Youths

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"Youth" vs. "Youths" in the English Grammar

What Is Their Main Difference?

Both refer to someone young. However, 'youth' is the singular form, while, 'youths' is the plural form. Note that 'youth' can be an uncountable noun, too. Whenever we want to refer to the time period when we were young, we use the uncountable plural form 'youth'.

Differences

'Youth' is the singular noun, whereas, 'youths' is the plural form. Note that whenever we want to refer to the time we were young, we must use 'youth' as an uncountable noun. Look at the examples below:

The child was accompanied by a group of youths.

In her youth, she was an amazing ballerina.

Similarities

Both can be the plural forms of the noun 'youth'. Check out the following examples:

Are you familiar with the youth culture?

I saw several youths walking past us.

Are They Interchangeable?

We mainly use 'youths' when we want to point to a group of young people, whereas, 'youth' is used as a more general concept. So, it is better to avoid using them instead of each other. Compare:

✓ Those youths took my daughter away.

X Those youth took my daughter away.

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