When building sentences a writer needs to keep the verbs in agreement with the nouns.
Most often we can tell that the subject is plural by the “s” or “es” at the end of the noun (boy/boys; dog/dogs; fence/fences; hero/heroes; kiss/kisses).
Sometimes the plural subjects are completely different from their singular forms, but the difference is so common to use that we don’t even notice (tooth/teeth; child/children; mouse/mice; man/men; goose/geese).
But a number of subjects that try to trick you up. Sometimes singulars are disguised as plurals. Mrs. Ramsey, my 5th grade grammar teacher, gave us these two rules to help us remember the differences:
If you can use the article “a” in front of the noun, it’s singular. If you can use “several” in front of it, it must be plural.
|A Team||Several teams|
|A family||Several families|
|A bunch||Several bunches|
|A dozen||Several dozen|
ONE or BODY
If the noun ends with “one” or “body” it is singular
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