Does the word “ashes” have plural form but singular meaning? Can the word “ashes” take a singular verb? It is my understanding that the following words have plural form but have singular meaning. Economics civics works ethics politics news ashes alms However, when I looked up for the word ashes in Cambridge dictionary, I found this sentence. Her ashes were scattered at sea. The sentence confuses me. It makes me wonder if “ashes” has either plural or singular meaning. So please help me answer the following questions. 1. Does the word “ashes” have plural form but singular meaning? (Is my understanding correct?) 2. Can the word “ashes” take a singular verb? 3. I wonder why, in the above sentence, “ashes” is followed by were, not was. Could you please explain. I am not a native speaker. If I make any mistake, I have to apologize for that. Thank you very much for your help.