Singular Nouns

Singular French nouns
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Noms singuliers

While most nouns, in both French and English, can be singular or plural, some can only be one or the other – and dozens of these don’t "match up" in the two languages. The nouns on this page are singular in French but plural in English.

 Grammar note

These French nouns are singular in every respect: they require the third-person singular (il / elle) form of the verb, no plural adjective agreement (though feminine may be required), etc.

Par exemple …

Le feu d’artifice est magnifique !   The fireworks are wonderful!
Il porte une cotte noire.   He’s wearing black overalls.

Singular French nouns

l’actualité   news  
avoine (f) oats  
une balance   scales  
la batterie   drums  
un boxer-short   boxer shorts  
un caleçon de bain   swimming trunks  
un collant   tights *
la contenance   contents  
le contenu   contents  
une cotte   overalls, dungarees  
un dentier   dentures  
epsomite (f) Epsom salts  
un escalier   stairs  
un feu d’artifice   fireworks  
la gencive   gums  
un jean   jeans  
un jogging   sweat pants  
un pantalon   pants, trousers  
une pince   pliers *
une pince coupante   wire cutters  
une pince à dénuder   wire strippers  
une pince à épiler   tweezers  
une pince à glace   ice tongs  
une pince à ongles   nail clippers  
un pyjama   pyjamas  
un short   shorts  
un slip   underpants  
un slip de bain   swimming trunks  
un soufflet   bellows  
la vaisselle
(faire la vaisselle)
  dishes, crockery
(to do the dishes)
 

* Note

These nouns are usually singular in French, but are occasionally used in the plural (lesson coming soon).

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Singular French nouns
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