This tag applies to questions that deal with grammatical number: “singular” versus “plural”, and (rarely) also “dual”.

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Singular or plural verb with gerund + 3rd person?

Could you please comment the following phrases? Which one is correct (if any)? What would be the best practice for expressing the same thought? We believe that having such experience increases ...
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Plural or singular with “context”

I wrote the following sentence in an academic paper: "The context of the experiment was the students of the last two years" my revisor, who is an English mother language (Welsh, in fact), corrected ...
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In “X number”, should X be singular?

I want to create a noun phrase that means the number of X that would be phrased like X number. Should X be singular or plural? e.g., student number or students number? In either case, I would like ...
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Plurals (and plural possessives) that end in s [duplicate]

What is the best way to make a word that already ends in "s" plural? Ex: Would the family of Mr Jones be "the Joneses" or remain "the Jones"? Also, what is the best way to make the plural form of ...
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Use of “there's” in plural [duplicate]

Well we know that is is the correct form for singular and are is the correct form for plural, right? As such "There is a great pizza place in Chicago" would be correct in prose or dialogue as would ...
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plural noun with plural noun

I'm not sure what is the best title for this question. For example, Which of the followings is grammatically correct? (1) people with high IQs or (2) people with a high IQ and why? if (2) is ...
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Proper use in singular: Life is better with a pet or a dog or pets?

I always though that proper sentence would be: Life is better with a pet. When you are referring to having only one pet and not generally mean what kind of pet. But all i find on google and even ...
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“They are Australian” vs “They are Australians” [migrated]

On the very first page of "Essential Grammar in Use" book of R.Murphy. He wrote Those people aren't English. They're Australian. My question are Is this sentence grammatically correct? What ...
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“Singular” vs “Uncountable” nouns

Today, searching for the term "cloak", I came across these definitions From Longman DOCE 5th Ed. cloak noun [singular] an organization, activity, or way of behaving that deliberately protects ...
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What is the plural of the name Jess? [duplicate]

I understand it's grammatically correct to use apostrophe s for the plural of letters. Dot your i's and cross your t's. But not for proper nouns that end with s. Here come the Jones's ...
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Plural or singularis?

The sentence: The reader has more knowledge than the characters in the short story: this is the very definition of suspense, and the effect of it works brilliantly I am not sure whether it is ...
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Subject / verb agreement [closed]

None of the boys play / plays on the team. Each of us want/ wants to have a piece of the pie.
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An exception are or is?

This is forbidden. An exception is/are situations where you... The word exception is singular but the word situations that follows is plural. Also I'm not sure what is the subject and what is the ...
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singular or plural? The whole of A & B is/are?

"The whole of society and the religious world was strongly impacted by this new religious view." What should be put here, "was" or "were"? How should this sentence be interpreted, and under each ...
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Which form is correct: “the fruits that no one likes” or “the fruits that no one like”? [closed]

Should "no one" be followed by the singular or plural form of "like"? I know that "no one" is generally followed by singular verbs, but would being preceded by a plural noun make this an exception?
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How to write (singular, plural) a list of terms in a sentence ending with respectively [duplicate]

I want to "factorize" a term (here, distribution) in a sentence, ending with respectively. "Gaussian distribution" and "Laplacian distribution" are precise, well-defined terms of the same kind. What ...
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Does a group have an earache or earaches?

If I have a pain in my ear, I will say "I have an earache." Now what happens if I am talking about more than one person? Would I say "They have an earache", or "They have earaches"?
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How to say someone's home was something plural? [duplicate]

My true home were the streets of the suburb of XYZ. Not sure how to say that the streets (plural) were the home of a specific person. Using the word homeless would be against the intended ...
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Plural or singular- is either correct?

We are losing our abilty/abilities to write. Abilities is 100% a word. True, it can be viewed as a shared thing in that we all have the one ability. But I think you could also say that it can be ...
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Is this sentence “I barraged him with an interview” grammatically correct?

"I barraged him with an interview." The above sentence sounds wrong to me. I feel like you should barrage someone with either a plural (such as "I barraged him with questions.") or one of those ...
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Singular form of the verb when there are other verbs with ing

When you are writing a sentence like "embracing the variety of human beings brings you happiness", why do you have to write the verb in a singular form?
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Multiple memoirs about multiple authors' deaths

This sentence is from an image caption on the New Yorker's website: Memoirs rarely tremble with such life as when expressing their author's death. Why is it okay to say "their author's death" ...
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Trying to explain why the use of “sites” is plural in a specific phrase

I have written and feel that it is correct because it is relating to fixed location (The Terracotta Army). This historical sites story is beautiful. But I am unable to explain to a colleague why ...
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Appearances: Ambiguity in meaning

People care way too much about their appearance/ appearances? Google provides much more evidence for the singular but I have learnt not to trust it. In a formal essay I would opt for the plural ...
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Advice vs. Suggestion Why is the latter countable?

From an outsider, I think advice and suggestion have similar meanings. But I don't understand why the noun suggestion is countable whereas advice isn't. We can ask: Can you give me two or ...
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Should it be “there is a total of 378 vehicles” or “there are a total of 378 vehicles”? [duplicate]

I'm not sure if the subject is the total (in which case it would be "there is") or the vehicles (in which case it would be "there are"). I suppose another option would be to remove "total of" from ...
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“They're using a cell phone” vs. “They're using cell phones”

The usage of singular and plural has always been confusing for me. I often see sentences like these People are using cell phones. People are using a cell phone. Does the first ...
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Should I use 'leitmotifs', the plural of leitmotif, in academic English?

Should I, in an scientific book, use the word 'leitmotifs', the plural of leitmotif? Some dictionaries seem to know it in the plural form, but does it sound very weird or massively pretentious to the ...
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Grammatical number in formulation of mathematical problems

Let's consider this sentence: 'Find the X of these triangles'. I presume both variants are correct, but which is more common and sounds better in the place of X: 'radii' ('radiuses') or 'radius'?
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Is this sentence grammatical: “all there is, are idiolects?” [duplicate]

Someone please explain why singular to plural to singular is correct. In my opinion, this makes no sense. Edit for clarification of what I'm asking: My point is that double linking verbs are not OK ...
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Can adjectives get plural s?

Are the following sentences correct grammatically? 1- The war had two hundred woundeds. (And not wounded soldiers) 2- There are two modals in that sentence. (And not modal verbs) That is, can we ...
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A customer, customers or customer

Can anyone explain to me when to use 'a customer', 'customers' or 'customer'? For example, which of the following is the most appropriate? If customers have a problem, as a customer ...
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Is this correct: “Our listeners are what make X”?

I listen to a podcast that I like, but every episodes ends with Our listeners are what make [podcast name] possible. which makes me cringe a little each time I hear it. Is it just me, or is the ...
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When to use “none” as singular or plural? [duplicate]

Can someone please tell me which is most appropriate? (a) "At this time, none of the parties is planning to file a motion"; or (b) "At this time, none of the parties are planning to file a motion." ...
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Which one is correct - “ There is only us here” or “There are only us here” [duplicate]

Temporary reopen note: The linked-to question is about the verb agreeing with the grammatical number of the first item in a list in a there is/are sentence. However there is no list in this question ...
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“Where am I and my sister?” or “Where are I and my sister?” [migrated]

Which questions is correct: "Where am I and my sister?" or "Where are I and my sister?"
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Is it Ok to use years or year in this sentence

Publications and content professional with over eight-years knowledge of institutional liaisons and project management. Is it ok to use year or years?
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Does the word “experience” have plural a form? [closed]

I always thought that the word experience is only singular, but I see people using it as a plural. Is this correct?
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Singularity and Plurality of The Terms “God,” “god,” and “gods”

I've been studying some of the books of the English versions of the Bible, and have discovered how their uses of the terms, "God," "god," and "gods" should seem slightly perplexing to English readers ...
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“The earthquake, along with its subsequent aftershocks, HAS/HAVE …” - plural or singular subject?

Is a subject singular or plural with a modifying prepositional phrase that has plural objects? Would it be "has" or "have" in this case: The earthquake, along with its subsequent aftershocks, ...
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homework vs. a homework [migrated]

When is it acceptable for us to use "a homework?" as an ESL practitioner, I had to look up to it and found one which says "a homework" is only acceptable among the native speakers. So, the non-native ...
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The total “is” or “are” worth a certain amount

Which is correct? Fourteen pennies are worth fourteen cents. Fourteen pennies is worth fourteen cents. The former, to me, sounds like "Each of the fourteen pennies is worth fourteen cents." The ...
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Which is correct between the number of and the numbers of?

I am making presentation material about mathematical. The numbers of events occurred in each sub-interval are independent. or The number of events occurred in each sub-interval are ...
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Will a “certain number of people” write “a letter” or “letters” of recommendation?

Which of the following is correct? You will need to have a certain number of people write a letter of recommendation. or You will need to have a certain number of people write letters of ...
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The choice between the plural and the singular in complex concept

Thank you for being interested in my question. Here is an example. Person A three apples, and Person B has four apples. Now I want to discuss these seven apples. Which of these should I say: ...
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Are nouns used in “Types of <noun>(s)” singular or plural?

Take for example the word "liquid", which can be both uncountable and countable. Should it be - Types of liquid (There are many different types of liquid.) or Types of liquids? (There are many ...
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Maximum number of minutes is/are 60 [duplicate]

I saw a sentence like: Maximum number of minutes are 60 but I feel like it must be "is 60" not "are" as we are describing about the word number here which is singular. and after search I came ...
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Is this a grammar mistake? I got this from the USA Today website [duplicate]

I just came across this paragraph: There is so many incredible women that nobody can agree on which one are the best ones. Just for your pleasure and to make everyone happy we have agreed on a ...
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Is there a plural for “advice”? [duplicate]

Can "advice" be used plurally? I've heard there are cases where this is correct. Ex: seeking economic advices from Western countries
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An English word which needs a prefix to be plural [duplicate]

Can you suggest a word in the English language which needs a prefix to be converted to a plural form?