Singular tantum

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A singular tantum (from the Latin singularis “standing in the singular” and tantum “only”), also called a singular word or singular word , is a noun that is only used in the singular . The plural of Singularetantum is in the technical language Singular ia tantum ; Duden also records the form of singular rhetoric . Singular tums are rarely used with an indefinite article and are often used without an article because they are implicitly determined. The opposite word is plural tantum .


Plural formation through compound words

The plural of singular can be expressed with the help of compound words, e.g. B. Foliage, the foliage varieties; Snow, the masses of snow.


Some words are formally singular in their basic meaning, but have an - often concretising - secondary meaning for which there is a plural. Such words are not singular.


  • Beauty - beauties (beautiful people)
  • Stupidity - stupid things (stupid actions)

Some words only form a plural in one technical language. Such words are also not singular.

  • Dust - dust , even dust (different kinds of dust)
  • Water - waters (e.g. types of mineral water)
  • Milk - milk , including milk ( types of milk, e.g. cow's milk, goat's milk, mare's milk)
  • Cheese - cheese , various types of cheese

See also

Web links

Wiktionary: Singularetantum  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Singularetantum at Duden online