IELTS grammar. Lesson 1: Singular or plural?
Singular and plural forms are extensively used in English language and will definitely appear many times in IELTS. However, even advanced applicants sometimes make mistakes when choosing which form to write - singular or plural. So it is crucial to clearly distinguish these 2 forms to suceed in your IELTS test.
This grammar lesson will remind the rules of using singular and plural forms and give you some exercises to master your skills. To complete this lesson, read the theory in green box and complete the exercises below.
Use plural nouns with:
- Plural verbs (are, do, have, make etc):
Apples are lying on the table.
- With quantifiers many, a lot of, a great deal of, plenty of, lots of, the number of:
You took many books from the library.
- With numbers bigger than 1:
There are 4 cats in that room.
Use singular nouns with:
- Singular verbs (is, has, was, does, makes etc):
Our dog is playing.
- With undefinite articles a, an:
You bought a bag, which is very nice.
- With word one:
One pencil has been taken from the box.
- Some nouns look plural, but are singlular (news, aerobics, mathematics).
- Some nouns are used only in the plural (glasses, jeans, scissors, goods).
- Some nouns change form in the plural (person→people, man→men, child→children).