Nouns only in singular or plural number

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There are nouns that are only, or mainly, used in the singular number.

 

nouns in the singular number
  Examples
collective nouns Getreide, Obst, Vieh, Geflügel, Gepäck
abstract nouns Stolz, Mut, Treue, Gesundheit, Toleranz
nominalized adjectives/infinitives Böse, Vollendete / Fernsehen, Kochen
nouns that refer to materials Fleisch, Käse, Gold, Schnee, Tabak
units of measurement (masculine or neuter) 5 Kilo Orangen, 2 Glas Bier, 100 Euro, mit 2 Liter Wasser

 

 

And other nouns that are only, or mainly, used in the plural number.

 

nouns in the plural number
    Examples
collective nouns people die Eltern, die Leute, die Gebrüder
other die Spirituosen, die Möbel, die Lebensmittel
geographical names countries die USA, die Niederlande
mountain ranges die Alpen, die Anden
island groups die Philippinen, die Seychellen
other die Ferien, die Festspiele, die Kosten