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Serenity Carr, Assistant Editor
Equipment: Noncount Nouns and Verb Agreement
Thursday April 15th 2021
"Most of the equipment was/were defective." Which one is correct? — Harpreet, India

Equipment is a noncount noun which means that it has no plural form. Even when it refers to more than one thing, it is still grammatically singular, so you should use a singular verb:

  • Most of the equipment was defective.

Equipment is like other noncount nouns such as homework, rice, and clothing. Many pieces of equipment are considered as a unit. Equipments is not a word.


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