Nouns That Exist In Plural Form
Plural because of many parts – no singular
(i) Articles of dress having two inseparable pans: breeches, braces, drawers, pants, pantaloons, trousers, knickers, shorts, pajamas.
(ii) Instruments having two inseparable parts
bellows, compasses, nutcrackers, pliers, pincers, scissors, shears, snuffers, tongs, forceps
‘Forceps’ is a Latin noun and its Latin plural is ‘forcipes”. Its English plural was ‘forcepses’, but now ‘forceps’ is used as both singular and plural.
(iii) Diseases consisting of many parts (units, patches etc.)
measles, mumps, glands
They may be treated both as singular and plural.
Diseases like ‘chickenpox’, and smallpox’ were treated as plural formerly but now they are treated as singular.
(iv) Parts of the body: bowels, entrails, intestines (speaking generally) . Speaking specifically we say: large or small intestine.
(v) Games: cards, billiards, dominoes
Other Words which are always Plural
annals: narrative of events year by year.
Singular ‘asset’ means possession, gain,advantage etc. A knowledge of English is an asset.
alms: charity (also use as singular)
auspices: patronage (auspice means ‘omen’)
credentials: letter of introduction
eaves: overhanging edge of a roof
embers: small pieces of live coal or wood fires.
fetters: captivity, chain
obsequies: funeral rites
premises: see facing page
proceeds : see ‘returns’ on facing page
remains: what remains over
statistics: numerical facts collected systematically
stairs: a flight of steps; ‘stair’ is one step
thanks: a good feeling
tidings: used both as singular and plural
wages: usually plural. but we also have ‘a living wage’
wares: articles, a person etc. has for sale.