Number

Definition: The grammatical category for the forms of nouns, pronouns and verbs that are used depending on the number of entities involved (singular or plural); The subject and the verb must agree in number.

The plural form usually consists of the singular form plus -s or -es, but there are many irregular nouns.

Ordinarily, the singular form is used when discussing one instance of the noun's referent, and the plural form is used when discussing any other number of instances, but there are many exceptions to this rule.

For example:

  • The girl talks. (singular)
  • The girls talk. (plural)
  • Every girl talks. (singular)
  • All girls talk. (plural)
  • No girl talks. (singular)
  • No girls talk. (plural)



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