It goes without saying that for a sentence to be grammatically correct, the noun must agree with the verb that follows it. A book is interesting. Books are interesting. But unfortunately not all nouns are as simple as that. There are nouns that are always plural, like scissors and jeans. Then there are collective nouns, like audience or government, that can be followed by singular or plural forms of the verb depending on the focus. Data and media (the plural forms of datum and medium respectively) are commonly used with singular verbs. And to top it all off, there are uncountable nouns that end with an ‘s’ and look plural, but aren’t and must be followed by a singular verb, e.g. rabies or diabetes.
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