Saturday, August 16, 2008

When words with 's' are singular

In English, quite a number of words end in 's' but are considered singular. Examples of these words are news, physics, economics, mathematics, optics, and statistics.

You can make sentences such as the ones below to show that they are singular:
1 The news usually reaches us the next morning.
2 Physics was my favourite when I was young.
3 Economics is an interesting subject to learn.
4 Mathematics has been my favourite subject since I started schooling.
5 Optics becomes a compulsory for eye specialists.
6 Statistics show that the life expectancy of Malaysians has increased.

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