Grammar Patterns

Singular nouns

Singular nouns

Singular nouns are nouns which have no plural form. They are always used with a determiner.
These nouns are labelled N-SING in the Collins Cobuild English Dictionary.
The retail industry relies on its ability to persuade consumers to spend large amounts of money on stuff that they don't really need.
Most of the 300 to 400 junior civil servants facing the axe have little chance of a job elsewhere.
She racked her brain in an effort to recall what else she had meant to say. But her mind was a blank.
Nick and I both long to live in the country and we wanted to create a home that gave us a real sense of space and calm.
Keen to show the world the new image of India, he travelled the globe like no other Indian statesman before him
The notes were written at the end of a busy morning and were written in a hurry.
Lane closures on the M25 near Gatwick brought traffic to a standstill for two hours yesterday.
This report takes a different tack from the 20 that have come before. Instead of warning about the dangers of smoking, it talks about the benefits of quitting.
When a singular noun is the Subject of a verb, the verb is singular.
The atmosphere was constructive, and I think the members of the executive were impressed.
Here is a list of some of the most frequent nouns which have at least one singular sense:
  • ability
  • absence
  • abundance
  • acknowledgement
  • advocacy
  • aesthetic
  • affair
  • affinity
  • aftermath
  • airing
  • ambience
  • apocalypse
  • appearance
  • appreciation
  • atmosphere
  • avalanche
  • average
  • axe
  • backbone
  • backlash
  • balance
  • basis
  • bedrock
  • bedside
  • beginning
  • belief
  • beloved
  • bench
  • bent
  • blank
  • brainchild
  • brink
  • bulk
  • buzz
  • centennial
  • cinema
  • circus
  • clamour
  • cloak
  • close
  • coastguard
  • condition
  • conduct
  • consensus
  • cosmos
  • countdown
  • country
  • crawl
  • crunch
  • crux
  • culmination
  • dark
  • dearth
  • demise
  • desk
  • din
  • distance
  • downside
  • downstairs
  • drag
  • duty
  • edge
  • embodiment
  • end
  • ending
  • epitome
  • equivalent
  • establishment
  • eternity
  • ethos
  • executive
  • exodus
  • extent
  • facade
  • farce
  • fault
  • feel
  • finish
  • fit
  • flair
  • flip
  • forefront
  • foundation
  • founding
  • fray
  • freestyle
  • furnace
  • furore
  • fuss
  • future
  • gallop
  • genesis
  • giggle
  • giveaway
  • globe
  • gloom
  • grapevine
  • grasp
  • grind
  • ground
  • grounding
  • groundwork
  • hand
  • handle
  • harvest
  • heartbeat
  • height
  • heyday
  • hold
  • holocaust
  • honour
  • horizon
  • hum
  • hurry
  • hush
  • impasse
  • intake
  • interior
  • jam
  • jungle
  • keep
  • ladder
  • lakeside
  • law
  • left
  • left
  • lift
  • liking
  • look
  • lot
  • mail
  • mainland
  • manner
  • mantle
  • mash
  • mass
  • matter
  • maximum
  • mean
  • measure
  • mess
  • minimum
  • mint
  • mixture
  • moon
  • motherland
  • nadir
  • nature
  • ocean
  • onset
  • onus
  • outdoors
  • overthrow
  • pace
  • passing
  • past
  • peach
  • penchant
  • pendulum
  • phone
  • pick
  • pickle
  • pity
  • point
  • positive
  • post
  • premiership
  • presence
  • present
  • profusion
  • province
  • pulp
  • racket
  • rain
  • rapport
  • read
  • rear
  • reception
  • respite
  • resurgence
  • return
  • reverse
  • right
  • riot
  • rise
  • riverside
  • rush
  • sale
  • say
  • scale
  • screen
  • scrub
  • sea
  • seaside
  • senior
  • sense
  • shame
  • shine
  • shuffle
  • slant
  • snap
  • spirit
  • sprint
  • stab
  • stammer
  • standstill
  • stink
  • stir
  • stop
  • stranglehold
  • stratosphere
  • subconscious
  • succession
  • sun
  • swagger
  • swim
  • tack
  • tan
  • taste
  • telephone
  • text
  • think
  • throb
  • throne
  • tow
  • trim
  • trot
  • twinkle
  • unconscious
  • underground
  • underneath
  • underworld
  • upstairs
  • upsurge
  • vanguard
  • veneer
  • vicinity
  • vogue
  • vote
  • want
  • waste
  • wealth
  • while
  • wonder
  • word
  • world
  • wreckage
  • wrench
  • zenith
  • zodiac
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