Practical English Learning – III

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Practical English Learning – III

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Type IV: This group is a family of those nouns which are generally used in the singular. Some such nouns are listed below:

Poetry Offspring Alphabet Luggage Rice
Abuse Advice Hair Furniture Mischief
Fuel Information Bedding Stationery Infantry
Cavalry Machinery Scenery Issue Gram



(a)           Incorrect –             I do not like poetries of Keats.

Correct –                I do not like the poetry of Keats.

or I do not like the poems of keats.

(b)           Incorrect –             The old furnitures were disposed of.

Correct –                The old furniture was disposed of.

(c)        Incorrect –        The sceneries of the Himalayas are excellent.

Correct –          The scenery of the Himalayas is excellent.

or The scenes of Himalayas are excellent.



Type V: Some nouns have the same form in singular and plural. Such nouns arc members of this group.

Some members of this group are listed below:

Sheep Deer Means Brace
Series Fish* Swine Salmon
Yoke Apparatus Pan Cannon
Cod Crops Species Amends



(a)        A series of lectures were delivered on the subject.                  (Incorrect)

A series of lectures was delivered on the subject.                    (Correct)

(b)       Fishes cannot live without water.                                             (Incorrect)

Fish cannot live without water.                                                (Correct)

* fishes is an older form can be used to different kinds of fish



 Group VI: There are some nouns that express length, measure, money, weight, and number. These nouns when preceded by a numeral remain unchanged in form. Such nouns are the members of this group. Some members of the group are listed below:


Foot Pair Score Metre
Hundred Year Dozen  
Thousand Million Head  



The boys caught a six-feet cobra.                                (Incorrect)

The boys caught a six-foot cobra.                               (Correct)

It was a five-years project.                              (Incorrect)

It was a five-year project.                                            (Correct)

Six hundreds miles is a long distance.             (Incorrect)

Six hundred miles is a long distance.               (Correct)

I bought four dozens bananas.                                    (Incorrect)

I bought four dozen bananas.                          (Correct)

Very few people reach the age of four scores.            (Incorrect)

Very few people reach the age of four score.  (Correct)


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