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When Nouns Are Plural in French But Singular in English, And Vice Versa

When Nouns Are Plural in French But Singular in English

Did you know that French vocabulary doesn’t always follow the same rules as English vocabulary? There is, of course, the gender of nouns, which in French can be either FÉMININ or MASCULIN, but sometimes it’s also about the number that the noun represents. Learn when French Nouns are Plural in French but Singular in English.

For example, if we take a closer look at “Les cheveux“, in French, cheveux is always plural (unless we are talking about one hair). But in English, “hair” is singular. In this post, we are going to learn 26 words with different number in French and in English. Most of them are Plural in French but Singular in English. Don’t forget to grab your free PDF at the bottom of the page.

List of Nouns With Different Number

Articles don’t always match in this list, it was not easy to match the translation since they have a different number.

Plural In French but Singular in English

1. Les cheveux (m) - Hair

Mes cheveux sont secs 
My hair is dry

2. Des vacances (f) - A vacation

On a besoin de vacances
We need a vacation

3. Des progrès (m) - Some progress

Tes progrès sont incroyables
Your progress is incredible

4. Les combles (m) - The attic

Les boîtes sont dans les combles
The boxes are in the attic

5. Les céréales (f) - Cereal

Est-ce que tu veux des céréales ?
Do you want cereal?

6. Les échecs (m) - Chess

Je ne sais pas jouer aux échecs
I don’t know how to play chess

7. Les fiançailles (m) - Engagement

Toute la famille a célébré leurs fiançailles
The entire family celebrated their engagement

8. Les preuves (f) - The evidence

Les officiers n’ont pas trouvé de preuves
The police officers didn’t find evidence

9. Les meubles (m) - Furniture

Les meubles seront livrés ce matin
Furniture will be delivered this morning

10. Les ordures (f) - The garbage

Les ordures sont ramassées tous les mardis
Garbage is picked up every Tuesday

11. Les devoirs (m) - Homework

Est-ce que tu as fait tes devoirs ?
Did you do your homework?

12. Les revenus (m) - An income

Il n’a pas déclaré ses revenus l’année dernière
He didn’t declare his income last year

13. Des informations (f) - Information

Les informations que nous avons reçues étaient fausses
The information we received was wrong

14. Les connaissances (f) - Knowledge

Ses connaissances sur le sujet sont impressionnantes
His knowledge on the subject is impressive

15. Les maths (f) - Math

Je n’étais pas très douée en maths
I was not very good at math

16. Les médicaments (m) - Medicine

Est-ce que tu as pris tes médicaments ?
Did you take your medicine?

17. Les pâtes (f) - Pasta

Les pâtes sont trop cuites
The pasta is overcooked

18. Les règles (f) - Period

Mes règles sont en retard
My period is late

19. Les sciences (f) - Science

Il étudie les sciences à l’université
He is studying science in university

20. Les spaghettis (m) - Spaghetti

Il étudie les sciences à l’université
He is studying science in university

21. Les épinards (m) - Spinach

Popeye mange des épinards
Popeye eats spinach

Singular in French but Plural in English

1. Une batterie - The drums

C’est difficile de jouer de la batterie
It’s hard to play the drums

2. Un dentier - Dentures

Son dentier est cassé
His dentures are broken

3. Un feu d'artifice - Fireworks

Le feu d’artifice commencera après le coucher de soleil
Fireworks will start after sunset

4. Une pince à épiler - Tweezers

Je ne trouve pas la pince à épiler
I can’t find the tweezers

5. La vaisselle - The dishes

C’est à ton tour de faire la vaisselle
It’s your turn to do the dishes

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