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

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Plural form of a digit or number: 4s or 4's ? (with or without apostrophe?) [duplicate]

The number 44444 consists of five fours. Suppose I want to express that with a digit ("4") rather than the word "four", which is correct: five 4s or five 4's?
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When is the plural 'es' pronounced “ess/ez/izz” vs. “eez”? [duplicate]

I was just thinking about this when I typed out "processes" and realized that I've heard it pronounced both "process-izz" and "process-eez". Is one incorrect, or is it considered an accent thing, or ...
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How do I choose between “was” and “were”?

Should I use the singular “was” or the plural “were” in the following sentence? The first thing that I noticed was (OR) were the street performers singing near the main entrance of the park. ...
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Personal Pronouns | Which possessive determiners to use? [duplicate]

I have a simple question to ask. Which possessive determiners are grammatically correct when the noun is our _____? For example, in the case where the noun is our group, it seems to make sense when ...
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Are countable nouns always in plural in recipes' names?

I have the following ingredients in a recipe: 40 g oat flakes 150 ml milk (1.5% milkfat) 4 g butter ½ apple, grated I need to know if I should name the recipe Oat Flakes ...
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copulation with uneven noun-phrases

One can use the copula to connect noun phrases of different number. Example: The conversational topic that kept us pleasantly chatting was the different Southern dialects in the US. Here it ...
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Can “X is enough.” be used when X is plural?

I was writing a meta post on another site where saying "Done." was a sufficient post. In order to meet the character limit, I typed the sentence: Sometimes five characters is really enough. ...
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“Confirmation parents' meeting” or “confirmation parents meeting”?

If a meeting is for a group of parents run by a Church, for example, would it be "Confirmation parents' meeting" or "Confirmation parents meeting"?
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Countable nouns in the list of ingredients

I'm translating recipes into English and I need your help. I suppose that I can say 300 g tomatoes but what about small amounts used in the list of ingredients? 10 g tomatoes or 10 g tomato ? ...
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IS or ARE? Simple question! [duplicate]

In this sentence: The ​insurance ​premium is ​small ​potatoes ​compared to what we'd have to ​pay if the ​house ​burned down. "Small potatoes" is a plural noun, but why is the auxiliary verb ...
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“Person with a trauma” or “person with trauma”

In academic writing, I frequently run across texts where the determiner is dropped when a person is described as having a medical condition or having suffered an injury. Moreover, a singular noun is ...
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Bring or Brings [closed]

Which one is correct? Bring buyers and sellers together Brings buyers and sellers together.
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Piece of gear vs. article of gear

What is correct (or are both expressions correct): Piece of gear Article of gear I learned that if there is no specific singular of a word I have to use piece of ... but when I look into some ...
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The second verb of subject should be express according to number or not? [on hold]

He is a man who has a bad heart. or He is a man who have a bad heart. Which one is correct? I tried to search "He is a man who have" and "He is a man who has" on Google but I got quite ...
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Should acronyms that are actually hidden plurals be treated as plural?

The term Generally Accepted Accounting Principles is abbreviated as GAAP. (Actually, I don't know if it is an initialism and each letter is spoken, or whether it is pronounced as gap, sorry.) Now, I ...
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Using apostrophe for plural with names

Let's say the phrase I want to write is "all of the Mike Tysons, Donald Trumps, and Morpheus's in the world." I'm guessing that the first two names do not need one and the third does. Is this correct? ...
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“Everyone, put your dice in the middle”

A few days ago I was playing a board game with some family members and we had the following situation: Each person had several dice in their posession Each person had to place one die in the center ...
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which one would be correct company or companies? [closed]

Which one of the following would be correct "One of best implant company in the world" OR "One of best implant companies in the world"
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What is the plural of status quo?

A quick search suggests that status quos is most common pluralization of status quo. This form, however, is deeply unsatisfying. Clearly, status is the noun in this phrase, while quo is some sort of ...
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“A vast array of” is/are?

Expressions like: A number of A lot of A host of Are plural and thus go with "are" form of to be, for example: There are a number of clear contrasts. but contrary to these, I ...
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“page has not updated” or “page has not been updated” [migrated]

Which one is correct? page has not updated or page has not been updated.
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Singular or plural for a compound subject with “and” but one part including the other?

This question is not a dublicate of "Singular or plural verb form where subject includes a 'parenthetical' element" since the latter discusses only compound subjects with "as well as". Is the ...
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Send an invitation and let the user create their own password [duplicate]

Send an invitation and let the user create their own password In this sentence user is singular, and their is plural. So I am confused whether this sentence is correct or not. Is this sentence ...
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Why “man” not “men” in “Many a brave man”? [duplicate]

I’m reading Black Beauty and there is a sentence there which starts like this: Many a brave man went down, many a horse fell, Why man here? Why not men?
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Is there a sentence structure that allows for things like “people looks”?

Over on meta.stackoverflow.com, a question was raised regarding the syntax of this sentence "This is what 51,000 people looks like." To me this sounds correct. My answer on the meta question may not ...
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How can I use the phrase, “do right by”?

1) How can I use the phrase, "do right by"? 2) And what does it mean exactly when we say that? 3) Can I say, I hope they do right by me? Or I hope he/she does right by me?
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Parenthetical plural of unique examples

Sometimes media announcers, especially sports and business reporters, will make their examples plural, or parenthetically plural, even though those examples are obviously unique. For example, an NPR ...
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More dice and die confusion

"A team’s **** **** dictates which dice will be used when performing a **** ****. The higher a team’s **** **** the greater chance of rolling a successful ****. " In this sentence "dice" is a ...
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The front and back door(s) are red [duplicate]

If I have only one front door, and only one back door, and they are both red. Which is correct: The front and back door are red; The front and back doors are red. I feel that (1) looks ...
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Can you use “team” in plural or singular only? [duplicate]

Is it correct to say "The development team are seeing a new trend", when you're certain that the team consists of several members? Or, is the word team strictly singular in any context?
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Use of don't and doesn't [duplicate]

In the following sentence which is correct, and why? As homeschool moms, we know there (don't/doesn't) seem to be enough hours in the day to tackle all that we want to teach our girls.
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when and how I can use plural form of a noun.

I am still confusing on when I should use plural form of noun. For example, "Nancy survived her five-hour ordeal by following another intuition: She engaged the dangerous stranger in constant ...
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the 90s “were” or “was” the best decade

"the 90s were the best decade ever" or "the 90s was the best decade ever" "the 90s" and "decade" are both referring to the same singular period of 10 years, so "was" seems to make more sense. "90s ...
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“What days are the library open” vs. “What days is the library open”?

I feel instinctively that the former is correct. However, the phrase "... are the library open" seems strange to me. What is the grammatical rule makes one of these correct over the other?
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“Is” or “are” when one item is singular, the other plural [duplicate]

Would you say: There is no fire or hot ashes in the fireplace. or There are no fire or hot ashes in the fireplace. And where does that question mark go?
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Why is a team name used as it were plural? [duplicate]

Like in team X take advantage! instead of takes advantage. Why is it so? Of course, team consists of several members, but team itself is a whole single unit and every time casters use it in plural ...
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Verbal phrase as object complement

I have you returning the car on August 9 here at the airport. Dose "returning the car" act as an participle phrase as an object complement ? OR Does the phrase "returning the car" act as an object ...
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Participle phrase v.s Gerund phrase

Question : "I saw a man wearing a pink shirt as he came into the house." As a object complement, which phrase complete the object in the sentence above? Participle or gerund phrase?
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Everything happens for a reason

Why can't it be "all things happen for reasons" but "all things happen for a reason"? Please help! I am stuck in here!
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Plural of “coming out?”

As "coming out of the closet" has become ubiquitous in recent years, what would the plural be? Would it follow the rule of "goings-on" or be a hyphenated "coming-outs" or something else entirely?
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“Both the earth and the moon do not shine by their own light[s]”

Both the earth and the moon do not shine by their own light/lights. Which is grammatical, the singular, the plural, or both?
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Using an abbreviation for 50 pence pieces, 50ps or 50p's?

When using an abbreviation for a coin such as the english 50 pence piece it is 50 p. But how do we make this a plural? 50ps or 50p's? In the following context: I have nine 50 pence peices. In speech ...
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“Are” or “Is” when linking two singular nouns in a sentence?

When you are talking about about two singular nouns and link them together in a sentence with a conjunction such as "and" which verb form is correct? For example, would you say "Where is the broom ...
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Using “It's” with plural [duplicate]

Is this correct: "It's parents who choose kid's future". "Parents" is plural, but as for me "it's" seems fine here. I don't even know which other verb to use with plural noun here. This case is ...
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a huge amount or huge amount

I want to say having too much data , we need to have a good solution to proceed them. so the statement is : Having a huge amount of data, a huge amount of computing is needed. now the question ...
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Four questions about prepositional phrases [closed]

Q1 : Is it possible for a prepositional phrase to modify adjectives when being used adverbially? Q2 : Is the prepositional phrase used adverbially in this sentence? "I'm so angry (with my brother)." ...
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Is the word 'group' singular or plural in sentence: “My group of tenth-graders is/are so well behaved?” [duplicate]

I have read similar questions on this forum and as per best of my knowledge it should be considered plural because it's referring to every student of class. I read this sentence in my grammar book: ...
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''some theory'' vs ''some theories''

I was wondering which one of the two is correct: ''he had some interesting theory to share'' or ''he had some interesting theories to share'' The latter sounds correct, a friend backed me on ...
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Should “was” or “were” be used here? [duplicate]

I was reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and in chapter 5 (“Fallen Warrior”) I came across the following sentence: The suddenness and completeness of death was with them like a ...
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Grammatical number of expressions following “each”

I have difficulties in using each. Which would be correct in the following sentences? They are each connected to a hydrogen atom/hydrogen atoms. They each are connected to a hydrogen ...