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Some French nouns can only be plural

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In both French and English, many nouns can be singular or plural: un homme (one man), deux hommes (two men), la chaise (the chair), les chaises (the chairs). But there are quite a few French nouns that can only be plural, sometimes because the noun has a different meaning in the singular. Here are some French nouns that can only be plural:

les abats (m)   offal, giblets
les acariens (m)   dust mites
les affres (f)   agony, throes
les agissements (m)   schemes, intrigues
les agrès (m)   (sports) apparatus
les alentours (m)   neighborhood, surroundings
les annales (f)   annals
les appointements (m)   salary
les archives (f)   archives
les armoiries (f)   coat of arms
les arrérages (m)   arrears
les arrhes (f)   deposit
les auspices (m)   auspices, patronage

les beaux-arts (m)   fine arts
les beaux-enfants (m)   children's spouses, in-laws / spouse's children, stepchildren
les beaux-parents (m)   spouse's parents, in-laws / parents' spouses, stepparents
les bestiaux (m)   livestock, cattle
les bonnes grâces (f)   someone's favor, good graces
les brisants (m)   (ocean) breakers
les brisées (f)   someone's territory, footsteps

les catacombes (f)   catacombs
les céréales (f)   cereal
les cheveux (m)   hair
les comestibles (m)   fine foods
les communaux (m)   common land
les condoléances (f)   condolences
les confins (m)   borders, fringes
les coordonnées (f)   coordinates

les déboires (m)   disappointments, setbacks, trials
les décombres (m)   rubble, debris
les dépens (m)   costs, expense
les doléances (f)   complaints, grievances

les ébats (m)   frolicking
les entrailles (f)   entrails, guts
les environs (m)   outskirts, surroundings
les épousailles (f)   nuptials
les étrennes (f)   gift (for Christmas or New Year's)

les façons (f)   manners, behavior
les floralies (f)   flower show
les fonts baptismaux (f)   baptismal font
les fiançailles (f)   engagement
les frais (m)   expenses, charges
les frusques (f informal)   clothes, togs, rags
les funerailles (f)   funeral

les gens (m)   people
les grands-parents (m)   grandparents

les honoraires (m)   fees

les intempéries (f)   bad weather

les latrines (f)    latrine
les limbes (m)    limbo
les lombes (m)    loins

les mathématiques (f)    math(s)
les mémoires (m)   memoirs
les menottes (f)   handcuffs
les mœurs (f)   morals, customs
les munitions (f)   ammunition

les obsèques (f)   funeral
les ordures (f)   trash, rubbish
les ouïes (f)   gills

les pâtes (f)   pasta, noodles
les pierreries (f)   gems, precious stones
les pourparlers (m)   negotiations, talks
les préparatifs (m)   preparations
les proches (m)   close relations, next of kin

les ravages (m)   havoc, ravages
les représailles (f)   retaliation, reprisals
les royalties (f)   royalties

les scellés (m)   seals (e.g., on a door)
les semailles (f)   sowing, seeds
les sévices (m)   physical cruelty, abuse

les ténèbres (f)   darkness, gloom
les thermes (m)   thermal baths
les toilettes (f)   lavatory, restroom

les vacances (f)   vacation, (UK) holiday
les vêpres (f)   vespers
les victuailles (f)   food, victuals
les vivres (m)   food, supplies, provisions

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