Grammatical number

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Grammatical number is a grammatical property of nouns that express how many referents there are. English has both singular and plural forms of nouns.

Meaning[edit | edit source]

In English, singular nouns are used to refer to single referents; plural nouns are used otherwise.

Mass nouns are unbounded. Singular count nouns are bounded - they’re just one thing.

English also has dual number nouns, which can be referred to with the counter a pair of, e.g. a pair of trousers.

Form[edit | edit source]

In English, nouns must either be singular or plural.

English nouns generally carry grammatical markers indicating number. Regular nouns use plural -s to mark plurality.

English is very lightly inflected, but does have limited number concord, where a verb agrees with its subject.

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