Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Plurals with Different Meanings

Some Nouns have same meaning in singular form but have different meanings in plural form.

A few are listed here:

Colours:
  1. Hues
  2. Regiment (unit of army)
 Compasses:
  1. Magnetic compasses used for navigation
  2. Instruments used in geometry


Customs:
  1. habits (e.g. Farmers of Punjab have customs to celebrate Baisakhi.)
  2. duties or taxes levied on imports (You have to pay heavy customs duty if you import diamonds).
 Draughts:
  1. A checker game
  2. Currents of air
 Effects:
  1. Results
  2. Goods or personal property.
 Forces:
  1. powers (e.g. The forces of nature)
  2. Organised group of men (e.g. police forces, armed forces.)
 Glasses:
  1. Glasses (vessels) for drinking water
  2. Spectacles
 Grounds:
  1.  land (e.g. play ground)
  2.  reasons (e.g. You have no moral grounds to complain.)
 Letters:
  1. alphabets
  2. literature, epistles
 Manners:
  1. methods, ways, customs
  2. behaviour
 Minutes:
  1.  Spaces of time
  2. recording of a meeting.
Quarters:
  1. Fourth parts (usually used with currency coins)
  2. lodgings. (e.g. R. K Puram is a colony of government quarters.)

Spirits:
  1. souls
  2. liquor
  3. moral attitude (e.g. in high spirits).

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