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The hidden flaw in “singular they”—what to do about reflexive pronouns?

We have a highly regarded answer by nohat to a question about gender-neutral pronouns, in which he points to the "singular they" and its long history of use in English. (Note that he also advises ...
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Is “a group” singular or plural?

I was wondering what number the verb 'to snowboard' should take in the following sentence: A group of men, led by Olympic athlete John Rider, snowboard(s) down the gently sloping hills. Because ...
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“Who are” vs “who is” [closed]

Sentence: it's not what's on the table that matters, but who (is/are) in the chairs. I thought are might be correct because of plural chairs, but family members disagree.
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Reducing the ambiguity of “they” [closed]

X's strength and Y's belief have helped X work with people. They will help X in the future. or His determination and belief in his purpose have helped him work with people. They will help ...
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What is the noun in the second sentence?

This is a continuation of the question at A significant amount of zombies were detected in your city which raised further questions in my attempted answer. There were purchases. A significant ...
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Plural or singular [duplicate]

This sentence is from IELTS-teacher Youtube video (time 19:01): A very important aspect of teaching is the ability of the teacher to shape their teaching style to the needs of their students. My ...
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A significant amount of zombies were detected in your city

Can anyone please help and tell me if this sentence is correct? "A significant amount of zombies were detected in your city." In my opinion it should be "A significant amount of zombies was ...
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“everyone”, “everybody”, “everything”, and “everywhere” - singular or plural. [duplicate]

Are "everyone", "everybody", "everything", and "everywhere" singular or plural. I have found people who are say they are singular but also people who say they are plural. I can anyone give me an ...
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plural possessive form of a mutated plural?

Here are two examples of mutated plurals: more than one goose= geese; more than one man= men 1)Say you had 2 or more groups of geese. I.e. group #1= African geese & group #2=buff geese. If you ...
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Usage of Parenthetical Plural

I am trying to rewrite two sentences like the following into a single sentence using a parenthetical plural: 1: The rule will add an assertion. 2: The rule will add assertions. Combining ...
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Is “a row of” plural or singular?

I see an example in Longman dictionary. For the word of "toolbar", it says, "a row of small pictures at the top of a computer screen that allow you to do particular things in a document". I am ...
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“any product group” or “any product groups”? [duplicate]

I can't decide, both sounds right and return results on Google. So is it "any product group" or "any product groups"? Context: The context is that some product can has sub-product that are part of ...
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Question about correct verb [duplicate]

Which is correct: All you need is two nights a week. OR All you need are two nights a week.
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“We make an identity for ourselves” or “We make identities for ourselves?”

The question is in the title. Which one is better? Why?
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Is it a big mistake if I say “The thing I love are flowers”? [duplicate]

So I was wondering if both forms are correct The thing I love is flowers and The thing I love are flowers
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There's and enumeration [duplicate]

There is one cup, one plate, and one spoon in the drawer or There are one cup, one plate, and one spoon in the drawer Which one should i use? There's sounds more natural, but I feel like ...
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Should I say “metal” or “metals” when I'm talking about multiple units of the same type of metal?

My question involves a term that occurs in a game called Refined Metal. It's used to describe an item, such as when exchanging game coins. I am semi-arguing with my wife about whether I need to use ...
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Item collection or items collection? [duplicate]

To indicate "a collection of items," do you say "an item collection" or "items collection"? What's the rule? A quick comparative Google Books search indicates that the first form is more common than ...
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do you pluralize the singular possession of a plural group?

In a situation where you are speaking to a group of men — for example on a sign passed by many married men — which is correct: "Remind your wife" or "Remind your wives"?
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What does/do her parents do? [migrated]

What does her parents do? What do her parents do? Which one is correct? Can you have does and do in the same sentence like the first one? Would it be incorrect because parents is plural ...
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Should it be for example “product prices” or “products prices” [duplicate]

I don't know what are the correct terms for this question. Which form is correct for cases of multiple plural nouns, both should be plural or only the second one, for example: product prices or ...
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Is it “brown bowl set” or “brown bowls set”? [duplicate]

I'm struggling to find a reason for making it "brown bowl set" without the plural? Please note that this is just a product description on an e-commerce site and the phrase won't be used in a full ...
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correctly dotting the “i”s and crossing the “t”s in the expression “dotting the i's and crossing the t's” [duplicate]

I've found questions here at ELU related to the meaning of the expression (I'm clear on that), but this is about the best way to punctuate the expression in the title. Possibilities: a. It's ...
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Why is it “Anybody have…?” instead of “Anybody has…?” here?

See the text below: Let's hear it for Apple's very first touchscreen device, the Newton MessagePad. Anybody have one of these? Notice the last sentence in the above snippet. Shouldn't it read ...
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She sets off for India or She set off for India

I want to say she's going on a journey with the words "set off". Should it be 1 or 2? She sets off for India. She set off for India.
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Singular or plural after whether and a list

Singular of plural? Whether it’s a rusty shovel, a truck or his own home, to John it is all a medium. or: Whether it’s a rusty shovel, a truck or his own home, to John they are all media. Which ...
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Reservation or reservations?

I have booked a table for ten at a restaurant. Now, I need to inform them that I have done so. Do I say,"The reservations are for 11.30." or "The reservation is for 11.30." ? Alternatively, can I use ...
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The Plural of Email - Emails? [duplicate]

I debated with my peers that we can use the word emails when referring to more than one and it would be grammatically right. But most of them said since we don't say we received mails today, ...
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I want to know when to use “has” or “have” with “who” [duplicate]

In the sentence, "We want to know who have to pay.", why does "who have" sound wrong?
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Are words like “scissors” plural?

I never hear "scissor" or "pant" or "jean". It's always "scissors", "pants", and "jeans", respectively. Are they considered plural?
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What should we use instead of “it” when to emphasize more?

We use it when emphasizing that we refer to one particular thing. For instance, "It is Lawrence you should be talking to". Or, "It was malaria that killed him." What pronoun should we apply when we ...
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Smoking, drinking and eating are not allowed

I live in Bangkok and on the intercom in the subway they constantly say Smoking, drinking and eating are not allowed. To me it sounds weird. I’d say Smoking, drinking and eating is not allowed. ...
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Is literature as in 'the literature' singular or plural

When referring to literature in the sense of academic literature or philosophical literature I have sometimes heard people use the noun as if it were similar to the word 'people.' For example: 'The ...
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Is there a singular-plural conflict in the song title “Terror Couple Kill Colonel”? [duplicate]

I'm not English-speaking, and I'm wondering about the title of the song by band Bauhaus - "Terror Couple Kill Colonel" "Kill" implies a singular subject, yet couple refers to multiple subjects. Why ...
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plural changes in velocity .

Is the plural for changes in velocity delta velocity's or deltas velocity? Basis for confusion:attorneys general. Each stage in a rocket has a set amount of delta velocity, or the amount the velocity ...
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Is “software” singular or plural? Can “softwares” be used instead? [duplicate]

I was just reading the wikipedia page on the M3U playlist format when I noticed the second sentence seemed somehow wrong to my ears. Uses just seems wrong here. It originally was designed for ...
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You'll see them in future “as it is” OR “as they are”?

Let all the boxes be "as they are" OR "as it is"? Thanks for reading..
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Computing: 32 bit or 32 bits? [duplicate]

This question comes from this other debate at SuperUser Forum. I have asked it here too because: It appears not to be only a technical question, but a language question too. Most of the answers in ...
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How do you form the plural of an elided/contracted noun?

The noun, without elision, is "beatings". Singular, elided, is "beatin'" (note the apostrophe). So what's the plural? I considered "beatins'" (note the apostrophe) and "beatin's" but neither of them ...
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Singular or plural with attractiveness? [duplicate]

Q. Her eyes are (OR is) her only attractiveness.
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Which is the correct plural of Atlas? [closed]

Good evening, in a "creative writing" course this question was brought up. Some of my classmates argued the plural form is "Atlas" because the word comes from Latin. Others favored "Atlases". What is ...
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Mixing single digit and double digit numbers - how to write formally

If writing about numbers below 10, I spell the word out ('two out of four people use grammar correctly'). If writing about numbers greater than or equal to 10, I use digits ('15 out of 20 people use ...
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My favorite animal are dogs [duplicate]

My favorite animal are dogs. Is this acceptable? I believe this is ok because I see "animal" as one species and "dogs" as the variety of breeds. Of course, the best answer would be "my favorite ...
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Is “geometry” plural or singular? [closed]

Which one of the following sentences is correct? The geometry of the objects are known. The geometry of the objects is known. Both cases are common in the literature and have been used ...
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bigger/larger number of mole(s)

I keep re-reading this sentence and it just sounds so wrong to me. I am not quite sure which part is wrong but I am sure that there is something wrong with it. Am I supposed to use the word bigger or ...
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Point[s] of datum vs. point[s] of data

I know that there's no any shortage of controversy about "data" and "datum", but I've recently questioned the validity in the specific case of "I am but a point of data". Is this, under the strict ...
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Do I use “is” or “are”? [duplicate]

Monetary donations, floats, volunteers, and a big audience are needed! or Monetary donations, floats, volunteers, and a big audience is needed! Which is correct: is needed or are ...
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On using a plural for an action to be performed multiple times

I've always wondered which of the following is correct: "I would like to give a speech on the 12th and the 17th" "I would like to give speeches on the 12th and the 17th" In this scenario, I'm ...
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Flow rates correlations or Flow rate correlations [duplicate]

I do have a rather basic question. Does one say: "Flow rates correlations" or "Flow rate correlations" in English. Is there some specific rule to follow here?
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Why do we use the singular in a comparative sentence?

In a comparative sentence, like the one below, we use the singular form in the second clause: Rebecca is the most beautiful girl in the school. She is more beautiful than any other girl and not: ...