Errors in the use of nouns


Following notes can help in combating errors in use of nouns :-

1. Following nouns are always used in the singular form :-

a) Physics

b) Politics

c) Mathematics

d) News

e) Information

f) Furniture

g) Fruit

h) Hair

i) Scenery

j) Machinery

k) Innings

l) Luggage

m) Gallows

2. Following nouns are always used in the plural form :-

a) Cattle

b) Gentry

c) People

d) Shoes

e) Riches

f) Spectacles

g) Thanks

h) Vegetables

i) Trousers

j) Tongs

k) Scissors

3. Following nouns take both the singular & plural forms :-

a) Cannon

b) Deer

c) Dozen

d) Fish

e) Score

f) Sheep

g) Pice

Examples :-

S.No. Incorrect Sentence Correct Sentence
1. His thank is due to me. His thanks are due to me.
2. The gallows have been erected. The gallows has been erected.
3. He has gone to England for higher study. He has gone to England for higher studies.
4. Pay my respect to him. Pay my respects to him.
5. Good-train is coming. Goods-train is coming.
6. The peasantry is hard hit by drought. The peasantry are hard hit by drought.
7. I shall go to Shimla in summer vacations. I shall go to Shimla in summer vacation.
8. Two thirds of the mangoes are rotten. Two third of the mangoes is rotten.
9. His pen’s ink is red. The ink of his pen is red.
10. It is a girls hostel. It is a girls’ hostel.
11. The public is restless on the rising price. The public are restless on the rising price.
12. The weather of Chandigarh is very nice. The climate of Chandigarh is very nice.
13. The work of this artist is beautiful. The works of this artist are beautiful.
14. This scissor is blunt. These scissors are blunt.
15. She is my cousin sister. She is my cousin.
16. The police deserves credit for this. The police deserve credit for this.
17. We enjoyed our meal. We enjoyed our meals.
18. She is a member of womens club. She is a member of women’s club.
19. I spared no pain to teach him. I spared no pains to teach him.
20. This book contains many informations. This book contains much information.

These above mentioned examples can give you a little idea about the initial use of nouns.


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