Is Forceps a Plural Noun?

Forceps is a plural noun. This word is grammatically plural and only has a plural form.

Forceps is a plural noun. This word is grammatically plural and only has a plural form.

Your forceps should be long enough and have a good grip to get the job done.

Your forcep should be long enough and have a good grip to get the job done.

Plural nouns are also known as pluralia tantum (Latin for "plural only"). They often involve objects that are made up of two connected parts.

She used her forceps to hold the needle.

These nouns require a verb in the plural. For example, we say "forceps are/have" (not "forceps is/has").

Those forceps are perfect for a range of surgical procedures.

And remember, we cannot use the indefinite article "a" before plural nouns; however, you can say "a pair of forceps", "two pairs of forceps", etc. to quantify these objects.

By grasping the object with two pairs of forceps, it can be securely held.

Other names of tools and instruments that consist of two parts and are pluralia tantum can be found below:

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