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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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Translation of pages or translations of pages? [closed]

I want to refer to a particular translation of the pages in a book. Which one is correct? the translation of the pages is good. the translation of the pages are good. the translations of the pages ...
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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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What is the plural of “contact person”? [closed]

What is the plural of contact person? Can one say contact people?
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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 ...
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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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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 doesn'...
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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?