Questions tagged [pluralia-tantum]

A plurale tantum (Latin for "plural only") is a noun that appears only in the plural form and does not have a singular variant for referring to a single object, such as “pants” or “scissors”.

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Why do we pluralize "congratulations" when we say it?

I just thought about this today. Normally when something good happened to some friend we would say "congratulations" to them but we make it plural, instead of "congratulation". I ...
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"ones" substitution for plural uncountable nouns

Can you please clear it out if we can replace such nouns as "trousers, scissors" with the word "ones"or should we not? Which answer is correct? Which jeans are you going to buy? the most expensive ...
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Why does it have to be 'scissors' and not just 'scissor'?

I'm wondering why I need to say scissors instead of just 'scissor'. Are there any rules about it? I would think that I only have one scissor, meaning it would be singular and not plural. (That's at ...
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Questions about nouns that are always plural

Is it correct to ask about nouns that are always plural and denote things that physically consist of two parts (scissors, trousers, binoculars) like this: What are these? I'd say that such a ...