Nouns that always need plural verbs

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Some nouns are always followed by a plural verb. Examples are: tongs, scissors, shears, trousers, pajamas, tweezers, jeans, pants, scales, glasses and binoculars.

If we want to indicate the singular aspect of the word we use the expression 'a pair of'. In this case, it is followed by a singular verb.

Other common words which are normally followed by plural verbs include: clothes, congratulations, contents, goods, manners, oats, outskirts, regards, remains, savings, steps, surroundings and thanks.

Funds is followed by a plural verb when it means money.
Odds is followed by a plural verb when it means chances.
Premises is followed by a plural verb when it means building.

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Nouns that require a plural verb