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

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1 person, 2 persons but 3 people [duplicate]

As far I remember my English lesson I learned these pluralizations at the university. 1: person 2: persons 3 or more: people But English idioms and grammar change over a decade. Are these still ...
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“Germany is/are in the NATO alliance.” clarification please

American English native speakers watching the World Cup have been very troubled regarding why British English announcers and writers treat country names as plural nouns. This issue has already been ...
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Can the name of a country be considered a plural noun, as a collective of e.g. its citizens? [duplicate]

Brazil have Neymar. Argentina have Messi. Portugal have Ronaldo. Germany have a team! I read this on Facebook, and someone said the singular "has" is supposed to be there instead of the plural ...
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which is better, “deformation” or “deformations”?

This is for a thesis title so I want to be sure it makes sense. Would it be more correct to write: "defects and structural deformations" (plural); as in, there are a number of possible ...
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Does “is” or “are” introduce a list of items?

Should a list of items be introduced with is or with are? Does the verb agree with a singular list or with multiple items in the list? Next in the row is/are Khorasan-e-‎Razavi, Esfahan, ...
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Should this sentence have a singular or plural object?

Is the correct version this: But in general such verses have rarely been accepted as a genuine part of the book. OR this: But in general such verses have rarely been accepted as genuine ...
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Plural of Friday 13th?

On another StackExchange QA site, I asked a math question involving Friday 13th. It deals with years having more than one Friday 13th. I used 'Fridays 13th' as the plural form of 'Friday 13th'. Was I ...
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“XYZ caterers is..” or “XYZ caterers are..”? [duplicate]

In the following statement, which one is grammatically correct? XYZ caterers is on to something big OR XYZ caterers are on to something big I thought that it should be 'are' as caterers is ...
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Is “nothing but birds and a few insects” singular or plural?

Nothing but birds and a few insects [was/were] to be seen. In the above sentence, should the verb agree with "nothing" or with "birds and a few insects"?
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<Plural> “have been” or “has been” <Singular / Plural>? [duplicate]

I would like to know which one of the following two sentences is correct. Thank you very much in advance! (1) The two years that I have spent as a as a student in London has been the most interesting ...
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Plural or Singular? “There are no books.” [duplicate]

This is really just for fun. Why is this grammatically correct? "There are no books". "No books" means a zero quantity of books which is singular per definition of plural (2 or more). So isn't it ...
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What is the correct way to say Women's Wear?

In UK English what is the correct term for 'Women's Wear'? For example, what should the department where all the women's clothes are be called? Earlier I was 100% sure it would be "Women's Wear" but ...
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Does (or did) “a trouser” or “a scissor” have a meaning?

We say (a pair of) trousers, (a pair of) scissors. For these two particular words, is/was there something like "a trouser" or "a scissor"? Did it use to mean anything? E.g. in Czech, the word for ...
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Use of the plural form for “flotsam”

I'm having a discussion on whether the word flotsam is used only in a singular context or if it can be used as a plural. Can you help me which sentence is grammatically correct? Instinctively the ...
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Is “metadata” considered plural?

The longstanding question of whether "data" is singular or plural has a very appropriate answer in: Is "data" considered singular or plural? Yet, I wonder if the same arguments hold true ...
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Use of plural with “respectively” when referring to a property

If you are referring to one property but are giving the respective values for two different things do you use the singular or plural form? Can the property be treated as a mass noun so that it takes ...
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Etymology of certain words ending in “-en”

Tchrist's comment here on my answer to an etymology question brought the following to mind: Ox (from Old English oxa) maintains the same vowel in the plural oxen that it has in the singular. But ...
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Plural of input [duplicate]

What is the plural of input ? It proves unclear which is correct, input or inputs --- or both up to context of usage.
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Book's name in plural and verb

When I speak of one book titled Acts of the Apostles, should I say: "Acts of the Apostles contain" or "Acts of the Apostles contains" ?
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conjugating -L words [duplicate]

Growing up I was taught to conjugate words ending in one L by adding another L. Now I know most do not do this, but it strikes me wrong to write canceling or counseling as they would seem to say ...
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“Foxen” versus “oxes”

What is the difference between fox and box versus ox, that the first two are pluralized as foxes and boxes, whereas the last one is pluralized oxen? Note: I know how to pluralize them. What I want ...
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Plural forms in noun + noun couple

At first, let's take 2 example expressions: "Books list" and "Book list". As far as I know, the first one is incorrect and I should use the second one - "Book list". And it means "List of books". But ...
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Should decades (e.g. '70s) be singular or plural

Are specific decades singular or plural? Which of the following is grammatically correct? The '70s was a great period for rock music. or The '70s were a great period for rock music. ...
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Plural vs singular form of verb after set of plural and singular subjects

Should I use verb in plural or singular form if the first subject in the row is singular but is followed by set of subjects in plural form: The story itself, the characters and their tempers make ...
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“is my hair” or “are my hair” when I'm referring to all my head hair? [duplicate]

What's more correct "is my hair" or "are my hair" when I'm referring to all my head hair? ("do my hair look bad" or "does my hair look bad" for example) Thank you
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One of us is wrong, aren't we?

I have just learned from what I consider a reliable source, that the following sentence is correct: One of us is wrong, aren't we? I would never in my life have written this, but I am assured ...
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Singular pronoun with plural reference in brackets

Which one is correct? This: Everyone chose XYZ because it (and the ones from last year) is the most reliable. or: Everyone chose XYZ because it (and the ones from last year) are the most ...
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Is “the humanities” singular or plural?

Stephen Pinker published an essay entitled "Science is not your enemy", addressed to researchers in the humanities. Suppose one wanted to make an analogous suggestion to researchers in the sciences? ...
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“at all time” or “at all times”? [closed]

I would like to praise a lady who is always cheerful. Should I use "She's cheerful at all time." or "She's cheerful at all times."?
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has scientists excited or has excited scientists?

I saw the following on the Facebook page of Time. Is "has scientists excited" or the perfect version "has excited scientists" correct? What's the difference if both are correct? The recent ...
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“in any situation” vs “in any situations” [duplicate]

I am writing an affirmation to motivate myself to be more assertive. Choice 1: "I am assertive in any situation." Choice 2: "I am assertive in any situations." The question is: Should I use the ...
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Usage of “granularities” (in plural form)

I wonder whether it is correct to use the word "granularity" in its plural form. For example: X and Y are commonly used granularities in Z research. This study can be conducted at both ...
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Is the word legs singular or plural? [closed]

Which one of these two sentences is correct ? "Legs is spelled with l" Or "Legs are spelled with l"
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Present simple form for City/group of people [duplicate]

Let's say we have a group of people who starts an activity together. The name of group can be: York speaks English! - as York is 3rd person singular. But at the same time: York speak English! - as ...
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Which person do I have to use when I use parenthesis

You (or someone else responsible) have/has to be there tomorrow. Which person should I use? 2nd or 3rd? My opinion is that both should be correct, but I'd like this to be clarified. How about ...
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Best word for health problems

What is the best word for pain and health problems caused by a disease? I want to use it as term for a collection of symptoms, that I gather. For example: [headache, stomachache, nausea] but ...
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“Four years are” vs. “four years is” [duplicate]

An exam question is driving me crazy. Find the mistake in the following: Four years are a long time to spend away from family and friends. Literally everyone solved it by replacing are with ...
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Can you guess what one of his tasty ingredients were?

Speaking of the alleged inventor of the hamburger, someone asked me Can you guess what one of his tasty ingredients were? It is understandable, particularly in context, but it still feels wrong. ...
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Plural of feedback

I'm looking for a way to identify a specific amount of feedback items I'm visualizing in a list. The construction of the sentence needs to be generic, so I can't use something like Feedback received ...
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“These are my children who want me to…” or “It's my children who want me to…”? And why?

Which of the following two lines is correct? These are my children who want me to learn cooking. It's my children who want me to learn cooking. I am not very familiar with the codified rules of ...
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Plural of “Hypothesis” [closed]

Hypothesis is the singular form of the word. What is the plural form of hypothesis? Context: The scientists formed not one hypothesis, but many [insert word here].
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a number of vendors is/are? [duplicate]

I think "a number of vendors are" is the right way, but "MS Word Grammar Check" suggested "a number of vendors is". I need a clarification on this.
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The use of “who has” or “who have” in a sentence [duplicate]

Consider the following example: It is you who has taken the garbage out. It is you who have taken the garbage out. Does one use "has" or "have" in this sentence construction? Which of ...
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“sufferings” is plural though it is uncountable,but how?

We know that there is no plural form of the "uncountable noun," but, for example, we write: His sufferings force us to retain pity for him. Is it possible to make an uncountable noun plural? If ...
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No. 1, 2, 3 is right or Nos. 1, 2, 3

I cannot decide whether to add -s after words like "No.", "Fig." etc. For example, in my paper, usually I need to express: "Fig. 1, 2 and 3 are illustrations of xxx", "This figure shows the results ...
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“Not only my husband but also my son is a doctor” [duplicate]

Starting to review grammar. It's a little confusing for me to identify which is the correct one. Not only my husband but also my son is a doctor. Someone said that it must be doctors because ...
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“Our name is” or “Our names are”?

Two women, both named Sarah, want to introduce themselves. What do they say? "Our name is Sarah"? This seems to make no sense. "Our names are Sarah"? This also can't be right. What is the correct ...
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Interdependence vs. interdependency: grammatical number

Are the two words interchangeable? If so, why is one more common in singular (interdependence) and the other in plural (interdependencies)? Look at the Google search hit numbers below: ...
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Singular pronoun in "The Cardinal and Ferdinand… he warns her”

The Cardinal and Ferdinand, the brothers of the Duchess, are very much against her re-marriage. He even warns her by showing his father's dagger and that he would use it to take revenge on her if ...
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Plural form of titles

I've heard certain titles pluralised in apparently odd ways, such as a Secretary General being Secretaries General when plural, rather than "Secretary Generals" as I'd have guessed, and I'm wondering ...