101 Words That are Both Plural and Singular

Plural of moose?

 

The majority of nouns have distinct plural and singular forms. However, there are a number of special words that are spelled and pronounced exactly the same way in both their singular and plural forms. Here are 101 words that are both singular and plural.

If you are not sure how to convert a singular noun into a plural noun, check out our guide to how to convert a singular noun to a plural noun.

 

 

  • Accommodation
  • Advice
  • Alms
  • Aircraft
  • Aluminum
  • Barracks
  • Bison
  • Binoculars
  • Bourgeois
  • Breadfruit
  • Cannon
  • Caribou
  • Cattle
  • Chalk
  • Chassis
  • Chinos
  • Clippers
  • Clothing
  • Cod
  • Concrete
  • Corps
  • Correspondence
  • Crossroads
  • Deer
  • Dice
  • Doldrums
  • Dungarees
  • Education
  • Eggfruit
  • Elk
  • Eyeglasses
  • Fish (numbers of)
  • Flares (clothing)
  • Flour
  • Food
  • Fruit
  • Furniture
  • Gallows
  • Goldfish
  • Grapefruit
  • Greenfly
  • Grouse
  • Haddock
  • Halibut
  • Head (cattle)
  • Headquarters
  • Help
  • Homework
  • Hovercraft
  • Ides
  • Insignia
  • Jackfruit
  • Jeans
  • Knickers
  • Knowledge
  • Kudos
  • Leggings
  • Lego
  • Luggage
  • Moose
  • Monkfish
  • Mullet
  • Nailclippers
  • News
  • Offspring
  • Oxygen
  • Pants
  • Pyjamas
  • Passionfruit
  • Pike
  • Pliers
  • Police
  • Premises
  • Reindeer
  • Rendezvous
  • Salmon
  • Scissors
  • Series
  • Shambles
  • Sheep
  • Shellfish
  • Shorts
  • Shrimp
  • Smithereens
  • Spacecraft
  • Species
  • Squid
  • Starfruit
  • Stone (weight)
  • Sugar
  • Swine
  • Tongs
  • Trousers
  • Trout
  • Tuna
  • Tweezers
  • You
  • Wheat
  • Whitebait
  • Wood

 

Can you think of any words that are both plural and singular? Leave a comment and let us know!

 

101 thoughts on “101 Words That are Both Plural and Singular”

    • I see where you’re coming from. A single hair or a head of hair. But you can have three hairs as well. Or something can be three hairs wide.

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      • bro we add ies instead of y where there is no vowel supporting y. like study it’ll be studies.. money is used in term of collective noun so we can’t use monies :) if we’ll use then it’ll be as moneys but their is no plural :)

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  1. As an adjective, cannon is neither singular nor plural. As a noun, cannon is singular and cannons are plural. A 21 cannon ship is a ship with 21 cannons. Bourgeoisie is plural for bourgeois. I have always said legos, but spellcheck tells me I’m wrong. Maybe legos is a Northwest US dialect word. Accommodations is plural and far more common than accommodation. Clothes is plural for both cloth and clothing. Although, I have used and heard clothing as plural regularly, so I guess it fits in this list. I have always used pikes for plural, and seen it in multiple books and games, and spellcheck agrees, but Merriam Webster seems to disagree with that usage. Just to confuse people, woods should also be included because woods is both a large group of trees and multiple large groups of trees, similar to a forest and multiple forests. I haven’t heard of a consensus on which is bigger, a woods or a forest.

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      • No, there are two different words here:
        1. A person: plural persons (legal and technical use), or people (everyday use) = a human being.
        2. A people: plural peoples = a race or nation.

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  2. sorry dude but many of your words are not correct you have chosen the plural ones of many nouns
    like
    headquarter is singular and its plural is headquarters
    and same as one of brothers have corrected some words like die is singular and dice and dies are the two plurals of it in which dice stand for a cube used in game of chance and dies is number of people etc
    one of my brothers have commented some words like hundred, dozen, series

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  3. Listen up bro except series both of them have plurals but they can be used singularly in sentences. hundred have hundreds and dozen has dozens
    like
    i have three hundred pounds
    we can use them as i have three hundreds of pounds
    both are correct
    give me 2 dozen of eggs
    i need 2 dozens of eggs
    it is up-to the sense you are using
    similarly .. when we are using sentences in hunting situations we use many animals name both singular and plural same
    like i m going to hunt elephant,birds, deer and fish :)
    here we don’t mean of singular of every singular animals or birds. its upto the sense we are using :) hope this help you guys .

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  4. “License” and its plural “license” are mistreated daily in the news.
    And, was “equipment” spelled “equiptment” in the past?

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  5. Can the word They, be singular? Instead of using the words he or she. What do you substitute.? That person is walking across the street?

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    • No, “news” is singular, generic. The news is bad. You’re right that the singular countable is a piece of news, several pieces of news.

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  6. Sorry, “swine ” is already counted in the list; but watercress is not listed and that is the same in the plural as in the singular.

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  7. A lot of these are mass nouns. You can have “a piece of clothing” or “two pieces of clothing” but you can’t have “a clothing” or “two clothings”.

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    • It depends what you want them to be.

      Singular: There is a black sheep in that field. I saw a red deer yesterday. You’ve caught a fish.
      Plural: Those sheep seem to be scared. Scotland is a good place to see some deer. Fish were gathering below the bridge.

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  8. Just curious. I thought fox was both singular and plural. Is that something old and has been revised? I have always used it as both.

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    • Sing: fox, Pl: foxes.
      But people who hunt wild animals seem to have a habit of putting them in the singular. They say “We’re hoping to shoot some lion… This is a good area for gazelle… Fox? I don’t know. Yet all these have perfectly good plurals.

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  9. If this were my list, i would: remove all but the 31 words which are below and add ‘watercraft’.
    I would keep these:
    1: Aircraft
    2: Bison
    3: Caribou
    4: Chalk
    5: Cod
    6: Deer
    7: Eggfruit
    8: Elk
    9: Fish (numbers of)
    10: Fruit
    11: Goldfish
    12: Grapefruit
    13: Halibut
    14: Hovercraft
    15: Jackfruit
    16: Moose
    17: Monkfish
    18: Offspring
    19: Passionfruit
    20: Pike
    21: Reindeer
    22: Salmon
    23: Sheep
    24: Shellfish
    25: Shrimp
    26: Spacecraft
    27: Squid
    28: Starfruit
    29: Swine
    30: Trout
    31: You
    BUT I am not trying to maximize my list. Some of these words are singular and plural, like ‘dice’ which *also* has a singular ‘die’. But I have seen ‘dice’ as the singular too. However, ‘die’ has been gaining popularity as the singular word for ‘dice’. Many of these are just stupid if you ask me, like ‘wood’, ‘aluminum’, and ‘oxygen’, etc. These are materials. They don’t have singular nor plural forms.
    Things like ‘crossroads’ is certainly singular or plural, based on context. But this doesn’t count ‘in my book’. But if you want to maximize your list, then ‘crossroads’ is your friend. :P
    But i found what i came for. :) Thanks!!

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