Plural-Only Nouns for intermediate learners

Here, we will discuss some nouns in the English language that are always used as a plural noun, i.e. they don't have a singular form. Let's get to it!

"Plural-Only Nouns" in English Grammar

What Are Plural-Only Nouns?

In English, there are some specific nouns that are almost always in plural form and do not have a singular form. Let us learn some of the most common plural-only nouns below:

  • Clothing: trousers, jeans, socks, pants, shorts

Give me back my socks Anna!

  • Undergarments: boxers, panties, tights

I think it's better not to wear tights with that dress.

  • Eyewear: sunglasses, glasses, binoculars

With the sun rising, I'd rather wear my sunglasses.

  • Tools: pliers, scissors, tweezers

Try tearing it down with these scissors.

As you can see, we do not use a singular pronoun for these nouns.

  • Sports: aerobics, billiards

Don't you like to play billiards with me?

  • Celebrations: thanks, hysterics, congratulations

A : Today I got my bachelor's degree.

B : Oh! Congratulations honey!


In English, some plural nouns can be used as singular nouns too. However, remember that their meanings are completely different. Look at the following examples:

I think I will have to buy new glasses.

Here, the sentence is referring to the an item we use to see our surroundings better.

Could you give me a glass of water please?

Here, the sentence is referring to an item we use to drink and it is countable.

How to Turn Plural-Only Nouns to Countable Nouns?

Plural-Only nouns can be turned into countable nouns simply by using the phrases in the list below:

  • A Pair of
  • Pairs of

Now, let us see some examples below:

They need to but a new pair of sunglasses for their son.

As you can see, the noun is plural but it has come after a singular phrase.

She wants to wear those pairs of jeans tonight.


Always remember that when you want to refer to these nouns, you should use a plural pronoun. Look at the examples below:

Look at my glasses. Aren't they cute?

(Not isn't it cute..)

Mommy, I want those shoes. Will you buy them for me?

(Not will you buy it for...)


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