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

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Plural with many modifiers

I am wondering if in the following situations we have to use plural noun or not: "Peter's and David's book" or "Peter's and David's books" I do appreciate in advance if you help me with this, I ...
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Pseudo-subject verb agreement [duplicate]

Please, I want to know the meaning of pseudo-subject and its agreement with verbs. Please, show me the rules even without examples.
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Streets or Street?

When writing and address as the corner of two streets, do I use singular or plural for "street"? As an example, should it be "the corner of Grafton and Spence Street", or "the corner of Grafton and ...
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Politics - singular or plural?

I am having difficulty deciding which of the following is correct: Politics both fascinates and repulses him. Politics both fascinate and repulse him. I think, in part, this is because I ...
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What's the plural form of “pendulum”? [on hold]

Is "pendula" an acceptable plural form of "pendulum"? This takes a form similar to "data".
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Would “Human Resources are excited or is excited” correct? [duplicate]

Would "Human Resources are excited or is excited" be correct?
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Some + Countable Noun: True Only When Plural?

Assume there are multiple books on a shelf. At least one book is red. At least one book is blue. Sentence in dispute: Some of the books are red. Is this sentence false if only one book is red? ...
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Do people pluralize “WiFi” with an “s”?

I'm in a friendly argument with a supervisor about this one, and I'd like some data: Does one say "WiFis" when referring to multiple WiFi networks, or does one say "WiFi"? I suppose alternately, one ...
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How to deal with parallel structure where the plurality of the nouns changes?

This is the intent of what I want to get across: You are participating in a discussion with the moderators and as a moderator. I want to emphasize in particular that he is not only speaking with ...
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'Is there any + verb' vs 'Are there any + verb'? [duplicate]

What are the similarities and differences? I'd guess that because 'any' means 'at least one person', both are the same? Moreover, regarding each construct separately, must the verb be singular or ...
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Is the plural of 'lettuce' 'lettuces'?

As a non-native English speaker, I have a bit of trouble finding the plural of the word 'lettuce'. In my own language (Dutch) it doesn't have a plural at all, and 'lettuces' simply sounds funny to me. ...
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Is “Don't just talk to your audience, play with them” correct ?

I am about to print out some business cards and I was wondering if Don't just talk to your audience, play with them is correct. I understand that as "audience" is singular, it should be Don't ...
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plural or singular for a single-entry set

There is a term "a set of generalized coordinates" in physics that is used to describe a system. But for some simple systems, the set contains just one generalized coordinate. Can we say, for example, ...
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Singular or plural verb after ‘no’? [duplicate]

Which one of the following sentences is correct? No errors or exceptions is found in the logs. No errors or exceptions are found in the logs.
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Why would someone say “the American consumer” instead of “the American consumers”?

As in "The Survey of the American Consumer" or "The state of the American consumer". Why is the phrase singular?
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Technology vs. technologies

What is the better sentence? It looks like technologies is the better word since there are many of them. However, most of the similar sentences on the Internet use the singular form technology ...
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Anomaly I and II appear(s) to have …[or appear?] [duplicate]

This sentence is to say anomaly number 1 and number 2 have higher soil iodine concentration than other anomalous areas. Should it be plural or singular? i.e. 'appear' or 'appears'? Thanks!
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Confusable plurals with apostrophe s [duplicate]

I have a question related to already shortened words and their plural forms. As I have seen on this site and have found in the dictionary, words like mas and pas are the plural form of the shortened ...
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Why did the author write “it were” in the sentence ending “as if it were being magnetically repelled”? [duplicate]

In her 2008 novel, A Change of Heart, Jodi Picoult wrote the following paragraph, with the part that confuses me marked in bold: The first time we filed out of our holding pen — a small room in ...
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Apostrophes and plurals of words-used-as-words (e.g., “why's and wherefore's” vs. “whys and wherefores” [duplicate]

I'm reading the English translation of Perfume by Patrick Süskind (translated by John E. Woods) and came across a sentence containing the phrase "the why's and wherefore's." With concern that this is ...
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Singular or plural following a list of singular items [duplicate]

Here's the sentence: I know what if, him, his, and will means/mean.
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Using plural words when mentioning something in general [closed]

I am extremely weak at English grammar. I would like to ask the following sentence: 'To identify the contents of the crates or boxes, packing list will be prepared and attached outside the crates or ...
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Proper Acronym Usage With Multiple Plurals

Given that MOTU -> Master of the Universe - One master of one universe . Would the following be correct? And if not, what would be correct, and how would I answer the plural-plural problem at ...
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English - Grammar [migrated]

Please tell me which is the correct phrase below: One of my favorite movies or One of my favorite movie
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Using the word “quota” in plural and singular

If I need to use the word "quota" in both the plural and the singular, what is the correct form? Is it "several quota" and "one quotum" or "several quotas" and "one quota"?
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Yeast: mass or plural noun? [duplicate]

I think of "yeast" as a mass noun, and the Oxford dictionary, bless its heart, agrees with me. However, Merriam Webster Unabridged says it's a singular whose plural is formed by -s. Can anyone offer ...
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What's the proper usage of apostrophes in plural abbreviations? [duplicate]

If I were to abbreviate the word university, I would most likely write uni — or would uni’ be more correct? If I wanted to say universities, would I write unis or uni’s? My gut instinct would be to ...
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“I went for a run with Victor” vs. “we went for a run with Victor” when only the two of us went [closed]

Myself and Victor went for a run, no one else. Can I say "We went for a run with Victor?" OR "I went for a run with Victor?"
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Percentages - singular or plural when it's a % of a group of items:

Example : 50% of paper and board produced globally is/are used for packaging?
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On Track vs On Tracks [closed]

I would like to say a project is going well but am not sure whether I should use plural for track(s) Which is best? We are on tracks vs we are on track?
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“Set of techniques”; singular or plural? [duplicate]

I have an English course book that contains this question: Fill in the blank "The book is a set of techniques that systematically __ the learner for interaction with target language speakers". (A) ...
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Use of the plural of tang (as in taste or smell)

Discussing with friends, we decided tang (like a flavour or smell) is a noun. Smell, when pluralised is smells. Flavour - flavours. What's the plural of tang? We believe it would be simply 'tangs' ...
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'is' or 'are' in lists of counted nouns [duplicate]

Which of the following is correct? Does the is/are depend on the total number of things in the list, or only on the thing immediately following the is/are? There is 1 apple and 1 orange available. ...
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Is it hour or hours when used in a phrase? [duplicate]

I recently joined a company as a trainee and we have to skype our priorities or task that we are gonna do on that day. For example, people write priorities like this: 1. HTML/CSS training - [0.5 ...
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“Please, cut the apple in halves.” or “Please, cut it in half.”?

I've heard native speakers use "half" but never "halves" in such sentences. If we cut an apple into two identical pieces, we get two halves. It shouldn't, therefore, sound wrong if one used ...
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“What I'm looking for is”

Which one of the below is correct, or, if both are correct in certain contexts, which is the preferred one? What I'm looking for is methods that help... or What I'm looking for are the ...
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What do we call the “rd” in “3ʳᵈ” and the “th” in “9ᵗʰ”?

Our numbers have a specific two-letter onomatopoeia combination that tells us how the number sounds. For example 9th 3rd 301st What do we call these special sounds? --EDIT-- As mentioned in the ...
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Telecommunication(s)

Are telecommunication and telecommunications interchangeable, or are there some contexts where one is preferred? For example, the Wiki page on “Telecommunication” has a section entitled ...
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“What tools is everybody using?” or “What tools are everybody using?” [closed]

I often see "What tools is/are everybody using?" and other sentences of same form used with both is and are. Which one is the correct way to write the question? What tools is everybody using? ...
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“Becomes” or “Become” in this sentence? [duplicate]

Many small companies have difficulty growing because the number of orders becomes too large to handle. Should I use become or becomes in this sentence? I don't know, but the sentence feels a ...
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Should I use loves or love [duplicate]

This is a quote that I got from one of our customers: "I'm proud to be part of an elite group of individuals that genuinely loves going to work on a Monday morning!"
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“Her whole family IS/ARE biologists”? [duplicate]

I'm not sure whether to put is (number agreeing with the singular her whole family) or are (number agreeing with plural biologists) in this sentence: Her whole family is/are biologists. After ...
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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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Implementation(s) of the algorithm on the GPU and on the CPU?

The implementation of the algorithm on the GPU is introduced. The implementation of the algorithm on the CPU is also introduced. If I want to combine the two sentences above into one, which of the ...
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“The Netherlands are” vs “The Netherlands is” [duplicate]

When speaking about The Netherlands as a country, should it be considered as a plural or singular word? Examples: The Netherlands is a country. The Netherlands are famous for cheese and windmills. ...
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Correcting the usage of singular “they” and “their”

NB This is not a question on how to use the said terms. This is not a question on what the said term mean. It might just seems like so. Starting with the following sentences. It's insulting that ...
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Why “hundreds of <noun>s” instead of “hundreds of <noun>”?

In the expression hundreds of <noun>(s), I would think that hundreds is what's being modified because of is usually right-branching: hundreds<-{of <noun>(s)} (This is in contrast ...
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“3-month retreat” or “3-months retreat”? [duplicate]

Which one is the correct (or more commonly used) form: "3-month retreat" or "3-months retreat"? How about "3-day" vs. "3-days" and "3-week" vs. "3-weeks" in the same context? (This is retreat as in ...
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“Members’ gallery” vs. “members gallery” [duplicate]

What would I use when setting up a gallery for many members to submit to? I am thinking, Members’ Gallery, as it is a gallery belonging to all the members, but I frequently see the use of just ...
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Should I use “is” or “are” with “any of X”?

Please log a CIP if ANY of the following is required to make the change: Please log a CIP if ANY of the following are required to make the change: I believe it should be are; but am I ...