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

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Can a pronoun and its referent have different plurality?

(Hello, everyone. I am new to this community and also not familiar to English, so if this posting does not meet your standard or tradition, please let me know.) My question is as the title says: Is ...
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Apostrophe use in singular (and parenthesized plural) possessive noun(s)

How would one combine the sigular and plural possessive forms of contractor into one form? Like for example contractor’(s’). A friend of mine is busy editing a fairly technical document and arrived ...
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“this, this and this”: plural or singular?

My comment from meta.SO: And finally, the style of bagdes should be the same on this, this, and this page. At the point where I'd say page/pages, am I talking about the group of three pages, or ...
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Any singular word ending in 's'? [on hold]

Singular word that ends in 's' seems to be rare, not counting proper nouns. So far I only know lens. Is there other example?
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Grammatical number of compound subjects with indefinite pronouns

Nobody from the Police Department and nobody from the Fire Department is/are going to the rescue. Which verb agreement is grammatical or preferable for other reasons? Similar examples: ...
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server replication or servers replication

In the title of a paper I'm writing, I want to talk about "replication" of servers, but I'm not sure if the object of replication should be written in singular or plural form. Should I write ...
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“group have” vs “group has” [duplicate]

Do you say: That group has dogs or That group have dogs I'm not too sure which one is right. I'm just confused because I'm not sure whether the word, group, is plural or not
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Problem in 'talking to a lot of people' [on hold]

I told my friend that "I am talking to a lot of people" and he said this sentence is not correct. Can anyone help me find out what's wrong with the following sentence: "Talking to a lot of people"
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Does speed limit become plural when referencing two roads?

When writing about the speed limit on two different roads, is it correct to say, "The speed limits on Hunt Brothers Road and State Road 17 will both be reduced to 45 miles per hour," or "The speed ...
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What is the plural for timeout?

In basketball, football, hockey, and many other sport the teams get a set number of timeouts. I was watching a summer league NBA game and there were some stat nerds talking and one referenced that ...
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What is the Plural of staff?

i am a teacher and we are in doubt if the plural form of Staff is staffs. we have been debating on this topic.
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Plural or singular in many nouns expression

What is gramatically correct to say: a specific type of solutions introduces or a specific type of solutions introduce
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“May those hoping to enjoy their future waste none of their present.” Correct?

Is that sentence correct, or would "future" and "present" need to become plural ("futures" and "presents")? Those as plurals sound weird to me. If my original sentence isn't grammatically correct, ...
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What's the difference between “him/her” and “them”? [duplicate]

Consider this sentence: Apparently, this user prefers to keep an air of mystery about them. What I'd like to understand is why and when should them be used instead of him/her?
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Is it the Whitehaven Boy's Soccer Booster Club [duplicate]

Or is it the Whitehaven Boys' Soccer Booster Club?
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“if the majority of the players is honest”, is vs are

A friend of mine came across an academic paper which consistently used the phrase "if the majority of the players is honest....". I'm pretty sure that that "is" ought to be an "are", but it was ...
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I'll get you the waters vs I'll get you the water [duplicate]

A waiter says to two customers who ordered two bottles of mineral water. Which should he say? I'll get you the waters vs I'll get you the water I found this page which contains: ...
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Do I use 'do' or 'does' in this sentence: 'How do the imagery and/or metaphors used evoke suggestion?'

I'm not sure which verb to use in this sentence - do or does? Your thoughts appreciated! I think the problem is that the verb refers to a singular and plural noun.
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Is 'magazine' a singular subject or plural?

If I am referring to a magazine as an entity comprising its editor and staff, is it correct to say, 'The magazine are keen for submissions' or 'The magazine is keen for submissions'? (I'm correcting ...
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Is using “their hairs” grammatically wrong?

I'm Soumya, an author from India. A reader has challenged me about the use of the word 'hairs' in my book. I have used, 'a few hairs' and that's justified, as hair is a countable noun in that very ...
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Two plural nouns in a row [duplicate]

When I put two plural nouns in a row, should I use plural form for both? Often, when I do so, it seems wrong. Examples can be: "components reliabilities" - referring to reliabilities of many ...
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Is it endless “length” or “lengths” of cable?

It seems more natural to say endless "lengths" of cable rather than endless "length" of cable. Why do we need to make it plural?
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Use of apostrophe in a mixed singular-plural context [duplicate]

This isn't my homework. This came up during a friendly debate last night with my mom. What would be the correct use of the apostrophe and/or plural in the sentence One of my friend(s) house(s) is on ...
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Ownership by other people, but not a collective

How do we write the possessive form for "people?" For instance, let's say that I manage money for other people. The people are individuals, here, not a collective (a people). Which is correct, and ...
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The first two of ten thousand have been delivered

Does this mean that the first literal two have been delivered? Or does it mean the first two thousand have been delivered?
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“is” or “are” with “fewer”?

Which one is correct? (Or is neither?) This field can contain 30 characters, fewer is recommended. This field can contain 30 characters, fewer are recommended.
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middleware vs middlewares

I am contributing at an open source project, and we got a message (https://github.com/gin-gonic/gin/issues/252) about our grammar at source code and documentation (we are not native english speakers). ...
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The transport of cargo / cargoes?

I say "the transport of beer", in which "beer" seems to be correctly referring to either a single beer or, more likely, the liquid in general. Saying "the transport of box" is obviously incorrect, ...
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'One out of three people thinks' or 'one out of three people think'? [duplicate]

Could someone please explain to me which of these sentences is correct and why? Only one out of three respondents (29%) thinks otherwise. Only one out of three respondents (29%) think ...
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People's belongings or peoples' belongings? [closed]

I refuse to look after other people's belongings. I refuse to look after other peoples' belongings. Which is correct? We're talking about the belongings that potentially belong ...
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Everyone's SINGULAR or everyone's PLURAL?

Ex. What would be right- 1. ... that caught everyone's eye. 2. ... that caught everyone's eyes.
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Verb in context: singular or plural?

I have this sentence: The thought of her commotion, and the hope that the neighbors heard her, gives her enough strength to push the door open. Is the singular verb gives correct here? I ...
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Fish Irregular Plural Forms

Several species of fish have names that are both singular and plural form. These include cod, flounder, salmon, and trout, they are used to describe one fish or ten. Does this stem from fish being ...
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Skullcandys or Skullcandies? [closed]

'Skullcandy' is a plural noun but can also refer to a product, so will the plural be Skullcandys or Skullcandies?
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Why is the plural of “aircraft” not “aircrafts”?

I came along this sentence: Today, we have used a large number of assets, comprising of 34 aircraft, 40 ships, hundreds of men, thousands of man-hours has been deployed I consulted dictionaries ...
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“Decides that” or “Decide that” - which is correct and why? [duplicate]

"The coaching staff decides that changes must be made." or "The coaching staff decide that changes must be made."
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What is the plural form of “S.Sgt.”?

Is it "S.Sgt.'s" or "S.Sgts."? Thanks.
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Which is correct: “Real Madrid compete very well,” or “Real Madrid competes very well?” [duplicate]

I think there's a difference in the ways in which sports announcers from the U.S. and U.K. refer to the teams. If my memory serves me correctly, I think announcers in FIFA from the U.K. will use forms ...
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Plural form after “with” (common property of multiple objects)

When I describe several objects with a common property, do I denote that property in the plural like: several samples with large surface areas or do I use the singular form, since it's one ...
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Question on plural [closed]

Say there are two universities and each has a faculty of medicine. So when I refer to the two faculties, do I say - (a) The faculties of medicine of the two universities; or (b) The faculty of ...
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Do you use “there is” or “there are” before a list?

When I use "there are:" (with a colon) to introduce a list starting with a singular item, should I use "there is" or "there are"? According to grammar rules, I should use "there is" if the following ...
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What job don't students like very much?

I need to have my English students read a pie chart containing information about jobs. One of the questions I wrote is: "What job don't students like very much?" (They are expected to read the ...
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is/are for multiple categories [closed]

If my company has 1 managerial employee and 1 janitorial employee, which of the following three sentences is correct? (a), (b) or (c)? (a) There is 1 managerial and 1 janitorial employee in our ...
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Temperature vs Temperatures

What is the explanation for the following sentence being written as it is: The newborn baby was discovered by passing cyclists on a day when temperatures surpassed 40 degrees Celsius. The ...
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How to Pluralize a Proper Noun That Already Has a “'s” In It

How does one pluralize a proper noun that already has an apostrophe in its singular form? for example, McDonalds'... How would I say there are three McDondald's in California? Please note: I am ...
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Does “including” change the plural?

When the phrase "including something" is used, will the plural changed? For example: Everyone is required to wear shoes. Everyone, including the staff, is/are required to wear shoes.
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Both plural and singular verb with the same single item

I've encountered the following sentence: Paper is a modern icon theme whose design is based around the use of simple geometry to compose icons. Paper icons are under heavy development and is ...
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how do we pronounce the plural form of kg in a sentence?

Could you tell me whether we need to say " I want three kg of carrot " or " I want three kgs of carrot "? Is the former the correct way of writing it? Thank you
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Magazine titles. Singular or Plural?

I have seen many different magazine titles. Some of them are singular and some of them are plural. ex) 'Home and Garden' vs. 'Homes and Gardens'. I don't think that it is about whether the noun in the ...
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Pluralization of “Participle”

Why is the plural formation of "participle" simply formed by adding -s. The etymology of the word is Latin in origin. Would it possible end with an -I or -ae. . . or some other Latin plural ...