Questions tagged [pluralia-tantum]

Questions about nouns that have only plural forms such as 𝑐𝑎𝑡𝑡𝑙𝑒, 𝑝𝑎𝑛𝑡𝑠, 𝑠𝑐𝑖𝑠𝑠𝑜𝑟𝑠, or 𝑔𝑒𝑛𝑖𝑡𝑎𝑙𝑠 just to name a few. These can lead to periphrastic singulars such as a single head of cattle, or a pair of pants or scissors, or a set of genitals. 𝑃𝑙𝑢𝑟𝑎𝑙𝑖𝑎 𝑡𝑎𝑛𝑡𝑢𝑚 is the plural Latin term for several such terms; a 𝑝𝑙𝑢𝑟𝑎𝑙𝑒 𝑡𝑎𝑛𝑡𝑢𝑚 is just one of them.

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Strange plural pairs [closed]

I don't speak German but was fascinated to learn that in (Swiss or I believe Bavarian) German Rahm means cream, but Rahmen means frame - despite adding "-en" being the normal way to make a singular ...
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How do you pluralize Levi's?

Okay, so jeans and pants are referred to as plural. When we refer to a brand of jeans, we pluralize the brand by saying and writing things like: "I got Girbauds for my birthday." (a pair of ...
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Glasses - countable or uncountable noun?

Is word glasses countable or uncountable? Are these sentences correct? These glasses (referring to one pair of glasses) are my favourite! I have quite a few glasses in my drawer, however, my favourite ...
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Using a designer's name or brand name as a substitute for the product itself

Example: A character owns a pair of Sophia Loren sunglasses. Before going out for the afternoon, "She drew on her Sophia Loren’s, flipped her long mane back, and tossed him a cheeky grin." If I'm not ...
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“I have a few pants bought from Mark and Spencer that need to be altered.” [closed]

"I have a few trousers bought from Mark and Spencer that need to be altered." In this context "need" or "needs to be altered"?
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Why is “bangs”, meaning fringe, used in the plural?

Bangs is the AmE for fringe when we are referring to hair. Bangs are hair that is cut so that it hangs over your forehead. My bangs were cut short, but the rest of my hair was long. ( Collins ...
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Does English have any singularia tantum besides mass nouns?

Singularia tantum and pluralia tantum are, respectively, nouns that have only a singular form and nouns that have only a plural form. In English, we have a handful of pluralia tantum that are mass ...
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Are there nouns that are always plural — have no plural counterpart?

Are there words that have no plural counterpart, because they are, in fact plural? Words like rice or scissors come to mind.