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Some compliment nouns like congratulations, best wishes, thanks, or cheers are always plural in form, but I have seen singular forms like "congratulate them" or "thank them".

In these 'thank' and 'congratulate' are singular. Why? Does 'cheers' or 'best wishes' also have singular form?

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The word congratulate in the phrase "congratulate them" acts as a verb, not a noun.

As a verb, congratulates is not the plural of congratulate. The trailing "s" signifies singular agreement, and the form without a trailing "s" signifies plural agreement:

  • Jack (singular) congratulates Jill.
  • They (plural) congratulate each other.

Likewise for cheer and wish.

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  • When you thank (verb) someone, you give thanks (plural noun) to them. We never speak of a thank. – Kate Bunting Feb 8 '20 at 9:02

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