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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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verb conjugation [on hold]

I got a sentence like this "Hunt for treasure likes a pirate" But someone said it should be "Hunt for treasure like a pirate" I thought because of "hunt for treasure" acts as singular pronoun or ...
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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 year free insurance or three years free insurance [closed]

Should we use plural or singular for 'year'?
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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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Singular or Plural for between 2 matches? [migrated]

The boxing match between "Ryo Akaho and Toyoto Shiraishi" and "Andrew Murray and Erick Plumeri" has yet to start? or The boxing matches between "Ryo Akaho and Toyoto Shiraishi" and "Andrew Murray ...
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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 ...
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Is it 'a flight' or 'flights' when two people travel together?

My niece and nephew are joining us on holiday. Do I say You will need to arrange 'a flight' or 'flights' for yourself and James to arrive on Saturday morning, the 16th? This is assuming they will be ...
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what is correct in this sentence “is” or “are”? [migrated]

Which is correct: My current address and telephone number is: or My current address and telephone number are:
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Historical frequency of parenthetical plural(s)

Seems to me that parenthetical plurals have been increasing in recent years. Is there any way to accurately measure this? Google Ngram Viewer seems like a method, but the use of parentheses, first ...
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“The prevalence of both X & Y increased with age, and * especially high in subgroup.” Was/were?

The prevalence of both diabetes and obesity increased with age, and * especially high in ≥65-year-olds. Should * be was/were? A professional language checker left my usage of "were" in one ...
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Correct grammar when listing objects with an attribute [closed]

I have three cars, all of them are white. I wish to form a sentence where I list the cars separately as: first, second and third, and then say they are all white. I'm unsure what is the correct form: ...
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Gamut - single or plural

So which is right: there is an entire gamut of hidden costs associated with it OR there are an entire gamut of hidden costs associated with it
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the likes of which has/have

1)The corporeal, spiritual, emotional, and intellectual sides of human life have all been stirred by the hurricane the likes of which has never been seen in the history of the Earth. From The ...
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Is it okay to pluralize the word “status”? [closed]

Am I using the plural noun statuses correctly in the following sentence given that each of them has a distinct status? "Both the girl and the guy are hiding their social statuses from each other." ...
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it was/it were + plural noun

Which of the following is correct? It was the memories he made that mattered. It were the memories he made that mattered.
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What is the plural of “API”? [duplicate]

What is the plural of "API" (Application programming interface) Is it part of English irregular plurals ending in "-i"?
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Usage of article and grammatical number for the term “same name”

I'm writing a technical documentation which should describe in a short sentence that I'm trying to find all groups of files from a set of files where all files within a group share a common (but ...
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Pluralization in Parallelism

Using the plural form of the noun school in this sentence would be correct right? "I have studied in both private and public schools." But how come the same rule doesn't seem to apply in the ...
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Apostrophes in plurals

I have always thought plurals in English is always word + s (except for irregular plurals). In my language we use apostrophes when a word ends in a vowel. I have been correcting my friends who write ...
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Plural of double barrelled surnames

What is the correct plural for double-barrelled surnames: is it "the Scott Fitzgeralds" or the "Scotts Fitzgerald"?
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ability in editing text and researching - has or have?

The following sentence: My ability in editing text and researching [has or have] been developed during my time at the University. Another construction I can think of is: My abilities in editing ...
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What is the plural of the abbreviation of “multiplicity automaton”, “MA” or “MAs”?

The "multiplicity automaton (MA)" is a model in compute science and its plural is "multiplicity automata". Should the plural of the abbreviation be MA or MAs? What is the correct way to pluralize ...
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a thousandS years tradition

A thousands year old tradition "a thousand year old" tradition, would mean only a 1000 years, but I'm not sure we could use the plural form in this expression. I'm looking for an adjective that ...
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Is there a shorter/better term for disagreement in number than singular-plural mismatch?

Consider someone mentioning "a bacteria", where the number of the pronoun article doesn't match that of the noun. I suppose one could say there's disagreement in number, or the pronoun article ...
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“All the data have changed” [duplicate]

I am aware that plurals that are the same as the singular still affect the following verb. i.e. "This sheep has been sheared." - Correct "All the sheep have been sheared." - Correct ...
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Singular or plural form of “a door” when a doorway has two or more doors

Usually, a doorway consists of a door frame and a door that swings on hinges. I would like to know which is more common, the singular or plural, when the doorway consists of a left hand and right hand ...
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Can we say that two people have excellent “work ethics”?

We can say that "John has an excellent work ethic". So can we say that "John and Mary have excellent work ethics"? Or should it still be "John and Mary have an excellent work ethic"?
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“She found golden hairs on his clothes.” Why is it “hairs” and not “hair”? [duplicate]

I read in a novel "she found golden hairs on his clothes," and I want to know if it's correct. I have always heard that it's hair, not hairs.
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“Lying on couches is boring” vs. “Lying on couches are boring”

Using the example sentence in the title, would you use the plural linking verb are or singular linking verb is? The same question can be applied to anything with the following format: (action ...
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“ You can do a 10-minute warm up, 15 minutes of hills”. Why “minute” is not in the plural at first?

I read the following the whole sentence: "You can do a 10-minute warm up, 15 minutes of hills, and a 5-minute cool-down" When you write a mix number-time , you don't need plural?
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Conjunction “or” and the plural rule

I have been told that with the conjunction "or" we must apply the following rule: a singular verb is used if the subject that comes after "or" is singular. Is it correct? I would naturally say the ...
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Should I say 'for all sets of tasks' or 'for all sets of task'?

In general, should it read either as: all sets that are collections of individual tasks or all sets of a task kind ? In the first case I would expect 'task' to be plural, in the second case I ...
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Should objects be singular or plural in percentage statistics?

I work in marketing, so I often see stats that reference smartphone penetration/usage. Which of the following is correct? I've seen both. 65% frequently check items on their phone while in-store ...
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When does a plural end in 'es' instead of 'i'? [duplicate]

Take, for example, 'ignoramuses' instead of 'ignoramae', or 'cacti' over 'cactuses'? In which cases does the plural end in 'es' instead of 'ae'? Can it be either one for any given case? Why?
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Types of numbers

I know of four types of numbers: -cardinal (e.g. one, 5, ninteen) -ordinal (e.g. 1st, second, 23rd) -nominal (e.g. player 5, zip code: 87558)(i.e used define a term rather than give a ...
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Should I use a plural “ 's ”? [duplicate]

If I'm writing something like "I know my ABC's" is it appropriate to use the apostrophe, or should I write "...ABCs"?
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Can I use the word vacua when referring to multiple vacuum cleaners?

The word vacua is a plural of the word vacuum, one definition of which is a vacuum cleaner. While I imagine that the plural vacua is usually reserved for referring to multiple spaces devoid of matter, ...
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How to write the following sentence correctly: “The seventh month of pregnancy is 24th-28th weeks”? [closed]

"The seventh month of pregnancy is 24th-28th weeks." - is it correct at all? Or should I write "The seventh months of pregnancy in weeks is 24th to 28th week"? Or maybe "The seventh month of pregnancy ...
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Can reinforcement and reinforcements ever be interchangeable?

Example: The general became frustrated when all of his requests for reinforcement(s) remained unanswered. Example 2: The architect realized he needed better reinforcement(s) for the bridge. Example ...
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Expresssing the number of objects

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? G is generated by 2k+t number of 7-cycles. Edit: I found the following expressions then the product set A X B has the arithmetic n X m number ...
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Is the word “mechanics” singular or plural? [duplicate]

Is the word "mechanics" singular or plural? For example, should I say that the skin mechanics vary or varies?
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Plural of “radiation”, “reflectance” and similar words

I am not a native speaker, nor do I know the proper grammatical name of this kind of words to look up this question. So please excuse the possible duplication or simplicity. But as far as I know, the ...
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Is “Proteases functions” correctly written?

A protease is a type of protein; there are several proteases, each with different functions. If we want to refer to all those functions in general, is proteases functions correctly written? Should it ...