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

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Why is the plural form of “house” not “hice”? [duplicate]

The plural of mouse is mice, and the plural of louse is lice. Why is the plural form of house not hice? According to Merriam-Webster, the word house is already longer in the language, just as mouse ...
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Why is the plural form of Moose not Meese? [on hold]

Is there a reason that Moose becomes Mooses instead of Meese (as in tooth/teeth and foot/feet)
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Singular and plural ambiguity of the noun “trio”

According to dictionary.com, a trio is defined as "any group of three persons or things". trio noun, plural trios. any group of three persons or things. Trio is a singular noun that ...
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article usage with singular nouns [migrated]

Do I have to use a/an articles before singular nouns, always or can I eliminate them? Is this true? I saw dog yesterday.
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Are there rules that can be followed with plural or is it meant to be this way?

In my quest to learn something new, I started with simple ones where I come across this poem "Why English is hard to learn": We'll begin with box, the plural is boxes, But the plural of ox ...
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Difference between traumata and traumas?

Why are there two plural forms of trauma? How do traumas and traumata differ in origin and nature? Is one incorrect?
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Subject-verb agreement question. [migrated]

Which sentence is correct, "These accusations of plagiarism has to stop or "These accusations of plagiarism have to stop". The reason that I ask is because I believe the first sentence is correct, the ...
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Can the word “settings” be used in singular form to mean “parameter”? [closed]

Take for example Google Chrome browser's settings. There are a lot of parameters (?) there. Or one could probably say, "a lot of settings." But can one refer to some particular parameter using the ...
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Should I use “are” or “is”? [duplicate]

Should I use is or are in the following sentence: The Pearland Police Department are our brothers and sisters.
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Is it one coast or two?

If I'm discussing two segments of a contiguous coastline, should I use the singular or the plural? For example, The Washington and Oregon1 coast ... or The Washington and Oregon coasts ... ...
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use of “is” instead of “are” - i'm confused

"Is this the plans for the Death Star?" i would use the plural form: "Are these the plans for the Death Star?" is this just internet grammar or do i miss something? from a current reddit topic: ...
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Should “artifact” be plural in this sentence? [on hold]

I asked someone to review this sentence and they said that the word artifact should be plural: We interact with any number and variety of artifact in our daily lives.... I can see where the word ...
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Plural a “word + numeral” phrase [duplicate]

I want to make plural a word+numeral phrase, such as "form 100." Where does the "s" go? I think it should go after "form," even though that sounds awkward in speech.
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Plural for math notations

I have a question about the usage of plural in mathematics in the following context. Suppose we have functions $f_1, f_2, \cdots$. Which sentences is collect (if any)? Among the functions $f_i$...
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Question about plural nouns [duplicate]

I am a PHP programmer, but it does not matter right now. I have a big dilemma. I have the data set which consists of pieces of information about statuses of different sites. Which variable name is ...
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Why is “everybody” singular?

Why is "Everybody" in the singular? We say "People in Europe are nice". Why, then, do we say "Everybody in Europe is nice"?
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Plant Name Pluralisation

When one looks at any garden, every plant has an official Latin binomial taxonomical name: E.g. A favourite of mine, Allium hollandicum - Persian Onion Now most of those with whom I speak call ...
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Email Bodies or Bodys

I was wondering, how should I refer to the plural of an email body? Obviously what pops to mind is bodies. However as it's an HTML email that I'm describing, the body is actually the content of a &...
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“Who” in a Sentence [closed]

Saw the following sentence, and it threw me off a bit: "It's you who keep us inspired." Is "you" or "who" the subject of "keep"? Can "who" be either singular or plural, but it's plural in ...
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If X is resistant to Y then Y is what against X?

In pokémon there are 18 elemental types which have various strengths and weaknesses. For example, consider the following three statements. Steel is immune to poison. Steel is resistant to ice . ...
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difficult questions in English grammar about if-clauses and introductory-there

I have two questions and I really need answers. If he (won/had won) the cup after he had played the match, I'd have been happy with him ...about this sentence, I'll make it easy for you: ...
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What could be the plural of “Pidgey”? [closed]

As you maybe know, Pokémon Go was released could of days ago. I have been asking couple of question on gaming.se and my last one required me to use the plural of "Pidgey" which is the name of a ...
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Confusion with using singular or plural

What's correct "A, B and one other alphabet have been updated" or "A, B and one other alphabets have been updated"
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Why are there exceptions for the usage of 'is' and 'are' for singular pronouns?

Rule: In statements, 'is' follows a singular noun, 'are' follows a plural noun. Statements: He is hungry. (singular) They are hungry. (plural) Exception: You are hungry. (singular) Rule: In ...
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Plural of nouns like “sensitivity”, “software” [duplicate]

This question has the same background as my previous one. I am struggling with countable/uncountable nouns. I am reviewing a document, containing the following sentences: Cross-verification of ...
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“Have good weekends” vs “Have a good weekend”

As a co-worker walked past me and my team mates this afternoon, he said "Bye. Have good weekends" - by which he meant that he wished each of us to have a good weekend. Was this grammatically ...
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Singular and plural forms and ellipses

Consider the following sentences: The schema of the A and B buffer are called C and D, respectively. The schemas of the A and B buffer are called C and D, respectively. The schemas of the A and B ...
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has seen vs have seen [duplicate]

Consider the following sentences: The last few years has seen the building of the new church. and The last few years have seen the building of the new church. As a native speaker, both of ...
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subject-verb agreement when 'amount' is used [migrated]

Even a small amount of gases have / has a large effect. This sentence is an exerpt from a reading passage, which is talking about CO2 in global warming. It says CO2 accounts for only 0.038% in the ...
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Use of “s” in two consecutive words

I was doing my online banking and reading through their material, when I noticed a blurb " we offer you a wide range of savings account and fixed deposit products and services.....". Should this not ...
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Pluralizing abbreviations where the noun is not the last word

For abbreviations - both acronyms and initialisms - where the last word in the abbreviation is the noun, I'm accustomed to adding an 's' with no apostrophe (e.g. ATMs), as described in the answer to ...
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Should has or have be used in a [verb] while/during [verb] question? [closed]

Should has or have be used in a [verb] while/during [verb] question? Example: "studying while working HAVE/HAS made me a tough person" What should I use?
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How to break sentences to get clear understanding? [closed]

Sparva, unlike Treland’s other provinces, requires automobile insurers to pay for any medical treatment sought by someone who has been involved in an accident; in the other provinces, insurers pay for ...
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Why not an s on “speed” in “Ukraine speed to test new-look Germany defence”

This url links to an Australian article (sourced from Reuters) about a football team. The article has the following title: Ukraine speed to test new-look Germany defence I understand that the ...
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400mL's IS too much? Or 400mL's ARE too much?

I'm having an internal debate between using the plural or singular form ('is' or 'are') in the following sentence. "400 milliliters of water is too much". Saying "400 milliliters of water are too ...
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Apostrophes For Plural Proper Nouns [closed]

When I have a proper noun that's usually meant to represent a singular object, am I supposed to include an apostrophe when pluralizing it (since the proper noun was never specifically intended to ...
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Should I use make or makes for this sentence [closed]

Every second of it only make / makes it worse I'm trying to figure out which of the two I should use for the sentence above.
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Using possessive apostrophe s of a singular abbreviation that ends with s

Which one is correct? 1- The OPS structure. 2- The OPSs structure. 3- The OPS's structure. 4- The OPS' structure. OPS: A singular abbreviation.
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Replacing proper noun “-y” suffix to match plural case [duplicate]

For a proper noun, in this case let's say Morty, would one replace the "-y" suffix when using the plural case with "-ies" or keep it as an unaltered "-ys"?
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Thing table or things table? [duplicate]

By table I mean that thing with rows and columns. How do I say correctly: "I'll add a record to the student table" or "I'll add a record to the students table"? Also what's right: "I'll add a record ...
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Should the following sentence use the English or plural form of the verb? [duplicate]

Is it grammatically correct to use the singular? Neither sympathy nor empathy is relevant to the decision. Or should I be using the plural form? Neither sympathy nor empathy are relevant to ...
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verb agreement, the story we heard last time was/were accounts from one witness

I am confused about the rules of verb agreement. What should I use in the following example? The story we heard last time was/were accounts from one witness. "Accounts" is a countable plural noun, ...
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Which of these plural forms is the correct one?

I want to describe a list of numbers where each entry is the numeric category of a word. For example, 'english' has category 1, 'love' has category 2, etc, so the list would be [1, 2, ...]. Is this ...
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Can -phobia words be plural?

Can you use a word ending in -phobia as a plural, in the following context: Their anachrophobias led them to running away from the fake spider.
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three-master Pharaon vs. three-master Pharaons? [closed]

This is the first sentence from the book "The Count of Monte Cristo". ...the arrival of the three-master Pharaon, from Smyrna, Trieste, and Naples. I think this sentence means there are 3 ...
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“Broken down by <singular vs. plural>”

The sentence in question is, "Hardening timescales are plotted against separation in Fig.2, broken down by hardening mechanism." It was suggested that I change this to "hardening mechanisms". ...
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“one, or both, of the two assumptions [is/are] being violated.”

Which one is correct, and why? one, or both, of the two assumptions is being violated. one, or both, of the two assumptions are being violated. My tentative conclusion is that it should be ...
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Foundation - singular or plural

Should we use the singular or the plural when talking about the building foundation(s)? E.g. 'the risk category for the building foundation(s) is determined by ...'
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How do we treat the singular and plural of emoji? 😕 [duplicate]

In recent years Emoji (Images which are treated as text by computers, represented in the extended unicode range) have entered the common parlance of the English language. But now I'm confused 😕 ...
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Singular or plural verb after a list containing three items?

I'm trying to clear this up for a client. He's using the slogan "When Time, Quality and Value Matters – Count on TEAM." "Matters" sounds completely wrong to me so I changed it to "matter" on his ...