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

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Singular or plural for multiple subjects? [duplicate]

Which is more correct to say: Five and four are eight Five and four is eight My Logic teacher has sent this to us to figure out. What is written above is all the information we were given. I ...
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Can “masters” (plural) be used to refer to a single entity?

I was perusing the forums of a video game I play. I began reading a thread about the lore of the game, because a few things lore-wise are left pretty vague. Two individuals got into an argument about ...
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Is this compound noun compose of a group of many things plural or singular? [duplicate]

In the following sentence, I'm not sure whether the noun should be considered plural or singular? A grid pattern of streets (Main, Elm, First) are shown. Or: A grid pattern of streets (Main, ...
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Why is 'offices' pluralised in the definition for 'A service'?

Caution: Please beware that this question doesN'T duplicate my other more especial one that's confined to the set expresion 'good offices'. 3. (usually offices) {noun} = A service done for another ...
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use of “one of ” [migrated]

Which of these sentences is correct and why? 1) One of his notable works is Swami and his friends. 2) One of his notable work is Swami and his friends. 3) One of his notable works are ...
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Thesis name (singular vs. plural)

I need to choose a name for my masters thesis (computer science degree). My current name proposal is following: Computer Vision Application in a Driver Assistance System What I am not sure of is ...
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It is the culmination of all my works that make/makes me who I am today [closed]

In the below sentence, would you say make or makes? It is the culmination of all my works that make me who I am today. It is the culmination of all my works that makes me who I am today. I ...
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Correct usage: fields of A and B vs fields of A and of B?

I am writing about a scientific article which treats a question on the borderline between two distinctly different research areas, A and B. I need a phrase saying "The work belongs to the field of A ...
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What is the plural form of 'apocalypse'?

It was asked facetiously on the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer years ago, but surprisingly I have been unable to find a definitive answer on any of the common reference sites (such as ...
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Plural magazine title = plural verb? [duplicate]

If the title of the magazine is plural, eg "Reflections", "Homes and Gardens" - should I write: "Reflections" explore the issue ... or: "Reflections" explores the issue... Is a singular or plural ...
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Difference between “Numbers analysis” and “number analysis”

The company I work for offers an analysis of a business' financials. We'd love to call it either of the above, whichever is grammatically correct!
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“one in four kids”: has or have? [duplicate]

Which of these two statements is correct? Did you know 1 in 4 kids have an undetected vision problem? Did you know 1 in 4 kids has an undetected vision problem?
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How to write correctly chains of nouns with plurals like “Messages List” and “Apple Count” for IT

Especially in IT it is often neccessary to write chains of nouns like "Messages List" because one cannot use "The list of messages" for variable name in a programming language. I can't understand how ...
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Equivalent of using (s) to indicate possible plural for words using “ies” for plural? [duplicate]

If I want to write how many of something I have that uses "s" to indicate plural, I can use (s), as in "Joe had X apple(s)". But say I want to write something like "The report contains 2 entries" or ...
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What to use plural or singular in 'document(s) repository'?

What is the correct way to name 'storage of documents' with usage of 'repository' and 'document' words? Which one is correct: document repository documents repository Why?
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Can I use the plural form when stating the possession of just one item?

If I want to say I have something without emphasis on the quantity, are both of these sentences ok? I have an apple. I have apples. (I may just have one apple.)
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What's the plural of “picking up”?

I'm writing in the context of ice skating. This is the sentence I wish to construct: There will be many falls, but serious injuries are rare, and picking ups are easy. "picking up" is the ...
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Usage of double plural

Here we have the plural in the end: "communication technology services" Here we have two plurals(quite common in google): "communications technology services" Eventually, we could have three ...
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Why is “I believe in woman” ok? Or isn't it? (from Slade's “My Oh My”)

This first line of the song is I believe in woman, my oh my. I'm not a native speaker, but that sounds odd to me. I'd either expect women (I believe in women [in general]) or some kind of determiner ...
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Why must 'offices' be pluralised in 'good offices'? [closed]

Source: p 529, Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 119 Temple's reply was prompt aud generous. Swift was forthwith ordained, and presented by Lord Capel, the then Lord-Deputy (we are ...
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Compound subject or not? Plural or singular verb?

Is give or gives correct in the following sentence: Substantial experience combined with my programming skills give(s) me the expertise needed to complete the job efficiently. Is "combined ...
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Everybody/everything/everyone is/are? Is there any pattern for it? [duplicate]

Everybody is/are? In there any pattern for it? Are they plural or singular
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Is the following: “The people of USA has…” correct? [duplicate]

I know that the word "people" can be singular to refer to a specific unit, be they nationality, ethnic, or tribe. With that being said, is it correct if I write in my essay: The people of USA has ...
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Is “They are the best kind of people.” grammatically correct? [duplicate]

What rules apply when you use words like "type", "kind" or "kinds"?
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“The damage to the heart and liver are permanent”: why plural?

In episode 11 of season 5 on House M.D. Dr. Cuddy says to the patient: The damage to the heart and liver are permanent. Is it correct? Shouldn't it be is permanent since it refers to the word ...
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Is or are usage in a particular sentence [duplicate]

The number of sticks is/are are 30. Which one is correct?
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Singular or plural in “between the 17ᵗʰ and the early 20ᵗʰ century/centuries”?

Which is correct in the following sentence, century or centuries? [. . .] courtship gifts common in Sweden and other Scandinavian countries between the 17ᵗʰ and early 20ᵗʰ century.
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…the probability of flipping exactly one head[s] and three tails

I've encountered the following math question: Four fair coins are tossed at the same time. What is the possibility that the four coins will come up with only one head and three tails. Besides ...
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A battery of tests is/are

This is from a recent article: He was rushed to the hospital immediately and a battery of tests was conducted. Now shouldn't it be He was rushed to the hospital immediately and a battery ...
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Member's Price or Members Price or Member Price

I have a members only website. I want to place a price tag for "Members Price" is that correct or Member Price. It refers to the price a member pays.
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how to refer to a single author in a first-person plural narrative

In an essay written by two nameless authors speaking in plural first-person narrative, how would one refer to a single one of the two authors? For example, suppose Alice and Bob are the authors of the ...
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When refering to 2 people, do you use “have” or “has”? [duplicate]

Example - If you or Theresa has time, let me know. If you or Theresa have time, let me know. Which one is correct?
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Which is it: “1½ years old” or “1½ year old”? [duplicate]

1½ is not yet 2 or more, so which do we properly say: "1½ years old" or "1½ year old"?
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what is the term used for adding an 'S' onto a name? [closed]

I realise the title doesn't make much sense, it's a hard one to ask, so I will describe the situation... the other day my Ex's mother was sending me texts and said " it's always Dannies world". of ...
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Should directories be named in singular or plural? [closed]

I'm trying to be consistent in my system with some logic to name a directory either singular or plural. Examples of directory names document(s) language(s) apple(s) The way I see it now is: ...
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Using possessive apostrophe with “or” [closed]

I've seen this addressed a lot with "and", but not with "or". In the three following sentences: It isn't John's or Mary's fault. It isn't John or Mary's fault. It isn't John's or Mary's ...
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Is “deers” correct when referring to different species?

The plural of deer is deer, but if you are referring to different species of deer, would it be correct to say "deers"? Considering that the plural of fish is fish, but when referring to different ...
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Are “skill set” and “skill sets” both acceptable?

Are the phrases skill set and skill sets both correct? As I see it, set implies a single set of related skills whereas sets can be taken to mean multiple sets of skills around different ...
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“A good memory” vs. “good memories”

If I say, "I don't have a good memory of my childhood", would it imply that I cant recollect it or that I have bad memories (bad stories, unhappy) childhood? I think that "good memories" implies the ...
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Why is the plural form of “life” “lives”, while the plural form of “still life” is “still lifes”?

Why does the plural form of "life" is "lives", while the plural form of "still life" is "still lifes"? From Wikipedia: A still life (plural still lifes) is a work of art depicting mostly ...
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Why “go to the movies” and not “go to a movie”

Why do we use Do you ever go to the movies? and not Do you ever go to a movie? Is the latter also correct?
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“These include” or “This includes”

I am writing a user manual and am stuck upon these include and this includes. Do I use This includes when there is only one thing involved? For example, "This includes normal users" and "This includes ...
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Using “skies” instead of “sky”

Why do people use "skies" instead of "sky" (when, indeed, we only have one sky)? Reach for the sky/skies! and I'm glad to finally see some blue skies. I'm glad to finally see a blue ...
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Is there a plural of “metropolis”, not “metropolises”, that would sound better in a less formal register?

I am aware that the plural of metropolis is metropolises, but to me it sounds stilted and to be honest I cannot recall ever hearing it used. Is there an irregular plural of metropolis that would be ...
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Our bodies' or our body's

In this context: "This [subject] [verb clause] by boosting our [body's || bodies'] immune system?" In this case the writer is using "our" as a generic substitution for "your". The argument went that ...
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What is the plural form of “Software”?

Is it correct to use "softwares"? For example: There are various video conversion softwares in the market.
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Why is walri not the correct pluralization of walrus? [on hold]

Why is walri not the correct pluralization of walrus?
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What is the correct way to pluralize an acronym?

For example, if I wanted to write the equivalent of There are many automated teller machines in this city. Would it be There are many ATMs in this city. or There are many ATM's in ...
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What is the proper plural of the word “freshman”?

Would it be proper to say freshman students, freshmen, or freshmen students? Edit: It is worth noting that I have since learned it is more acceptable in educational circles to use the term ...
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Plural of “Index” - “Indexes” or “indices”?

A table can have one index, or it has two or more [.....]? Is it indexes or indices? I'm just asking since I've noticed that they're both used quite often. Even Wikipedia seems to support both ...