French Singulars and Plurals

French Singulars and Plurals :

The following nouns, that are names of instruments, having two parts, are used only in plural.

1. Bellows
2. Scissors
3. Tongs
4. Pincers
5. Spectacles

The following nouns are used only in the plural.

(a) Trousers, Drawers, Breeches
(b) Measles, mumps
(c) Billiards, Draughts
(d) Annals, Thanks, Proceeds (of a sale), tidings, environs, nuptials, obsequies, assets, chattels.
(e) Alms, riches (and) eaves

These nouns, originally singular are now used in plural.

S is added to the principal-word in a compound noun to form its plural.


1. Commander-in-Chief…..Commanders-in-Chief
2. Coat-of-mail…..Coats-of-mail
3. Son-in-law…..Sons-in-law
4. Daughter-in-law….. Daughters-in-law
5. Step-son….. Step-sons
6. Step-daughter….. Step-daughters
7. Maid-servant….. Maid-servants
8. man-servant……men-servants
9. Passer-by….. Passers-by
10. Man-of-war….. Men-of-war
11. Looker-on….. Lookers-on
12. Spoonful….. Spoonfuls
13. Handful….. Handfuls

French words


1. Madam….Mesdames
2. Madame….Mesdames
3. Monsieur….messieurs

There are more t's than d's in the page.

t - Singular
t's - Plural
d - Singular
d's - Plural
Add three 10's and four 4's.

10 - Singular
10's - Plural
4 - Singular
4's – Plural

Figures, letters, symbols, etc., are made plural by adding an apostrophe and 's' as in the examples above.

Even, abstract nouns can be used in plural form according to circumstances.

sympathy - abstract noun
sympathies - acts of sympathy

Note : It is rarely used

Copper is a metal.
But Coppers in plural means coins.

Iron is a metal.
But Irons in plural means Fetters.

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