Kindly clarify the following nouns are singular or plural (is or are)-
Alumni (plural) /Alumnus (singular) - in spoken english we often incorrectly use alumni as singular
Bacteria (plural) /Bacterium (singular) - very common to see bacteria also used as singular
Criteria (plural) /Criterion (singular) - very common to see criteria also used as singular
Formulae (plural) /Formula (singular) - formulas is the more common plural form
Media (plural) / medium (singular) - Media has become a collective noun and therefore singular as well. The media has covered the trial since the start.
Phenomenon (plural) /Phenomena (singular) - spoken english often uses phenomenon as singular
Glasses (plural) /pair of glasses (singular) - My glasses are broken. My pair of glasses is missing.
Means (plural) - though you can make it singular. The best means of studying is to work a little each day.
Scissors (plural) / pair of scissors (singular) - like glasses
Statistics (plural) - though you can talk about the subject as singular. Statistics is really a boring subject in school.
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