Is 'Remains' a Plural Noun?

The word "remains" is a plural noun. Some nouns, like "remains", only have a plural form. They are also called pluralia tantum (Latin for "plural only").

The word "remains" is a plural noun. Some nouns, like "remains", only have a plural form. They are also called pluralia tantum (Latin for "plural only").

The rock contains the fossilized remains of extinct animals.

In a general sense, we use this word to refer to the part of something that is left after the rest has been used or finished.

After lunch, she stored the remains in the refrigerator.

You can also use this term to speak about the body of someone who has died.

Her remains are in the casket. She will be buried tomorrow.

Remember, plural nouns take a verb in the plural, so we say "remains are", and not "remains is".

Her remains are buried in Paris.

Her remains is buried in Paris.

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