Singular Nouns

Of all the different types of nouns, learning to recognize singular nouns and understanding when to use them is hands down the easiest. There are no particular rules to follow…you don’t have to add letters to the end or change the spelling as you do with plural nouns and irregular plural nouns.

Sound simple enough?  It is simple… but there is a little bit more to singular nouns. Let’s look at a more in depth description and a few examples.

What Is A Singular Noun?

Quite simply, a singular noun is a noun that refers to only one person, one place, one thing, or one idea.

Examples of Singular Nouns

If you look at one object and name it, you have an example of a singular noun.  For example there is one lamp on my bookcase and one chair at my desk.  In these examples the nouns lamp, bookcase, chair, and desk are all singular because they indicate only one.

Here are more examples of singular nouns:

Singular nouns that refer to a person

Girl Boy Mother
Father Friend Woman
Man Grandmother Grandfather
Waiter Doctor Nurse

Singular nouns that refer to a place

City Town State
Country Park Ocean
River Sea Continent

Singular nouns that refer to a thing

Bicycle Doll Train
Yacht Baseball Glove
Letter Computer Picture
Shelf Floor Ruler

Singular nouns that refer to an idea

Dream Truth Pride
Thought Love Hate

Some singular nouns group more than one person, place, or thing together.  Even though the group contains more than one, the noun is still considered as singular.  These types of nouns are called collective nouns.

Colony Team Neighborhood
Litter Covey Pride

Remember, singular means one. Whether it’s one person, one place, one idea, or one thing, a singular noun refers to a single, solitary object or concept.