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

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Does addition of clause change tense

For example, which of the following sentences is correct: Jack, and his partner Jill, offer a new perspective on child-rearing. Jack, and his partner Jill, offers a new perspective on child-rearing. ...
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“X in Japan is different from [that/those] in other countries”

I was wondering if the following sentence is clear: The book industry in Japan is very different from [that/those] in many other western countries. My questions are: Is it correct to use that ...
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View “Content” or “Contents”

We're providing a web service where users can create topics and categories. A category can either just be a list of topics or have authored content(s) in addition to a list of subtopics. It is ...
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“there were enough room” or “there was enough room”

Which is the correct verb, should it be singular or plural? 1.) "There were enough room." or 2.) "There was enough room."
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What is the plural of “hair” when it refers to the hair of multiple people?

I understand that "hairs" is plural when talking about multiple hairs, as in "my hairs have split ends", and that "hair" is singular when talking about ones collection of hairs, such as "my hair is ...
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Is “Here's some tips” correct? [duplicate]

If I say "here's some tips", is that correct? Doesn't sound right to me. I would have thought it should be "here are some tips".
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“Led Zeppelin was” vs. “Led Zeppelin were” [duplicate]

Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. (Source.) Is "were" really the right word here? It feels like it should be "was". After reading the answers and my own ...
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Plural of “lemma”? [closed]

Lemma is the singular form. What is the plural of lemma? Is there a word lemmas? Can I use lemma as a plural form?
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Should I use “grid connectivity” or “grid connectivities”?

I am confused whether I should use connectivity or connectivities in the following sentence: This processor analyzes the statuses of various switches and circuit-breakers in the system and ...
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“Preventing downtime and faults IS/ARE crucial”

Consider the following sentence: Preventing downtime and faults is crucial. Is or are? Why?
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What is the plural of peafowl?

So, “the peacock’s mission is clear: to create as many baby __ as possible.” Dictionary.com is frustratingly vague on this — it says: pea·fowl [pee-foul] noun, plural pea·fowls (especially ...
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When uncertain if refering to multiple or single should the plural form or singular form be used?

If asking a question or giving instruction towards a group of objects where the number is unknown (and possibly could be one) what is the correct way to phrase the sentence? Which of the following ...
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Origin of plurality of “wars” in phrases like “Star Wars”

There are a number of compounds in English of the form "noun wars," e.g. "Star Wars," "mommy wars," "culture wars." Why do these show "wars" in the plural? It seems like normally "wars" would pertain ...
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singular/ plural in the attributive

A doll house or a dolls house? Which is correct for the toy? ... There's that thing called Same Sex Couples Act; how about calling it Same Sex Couple Act? The question is - when should I put ...
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How to pronounce “users' email”? [closed]

Minutes ago, I was reading an article "Yahoo, Google and Apple also claim rights to read user emails". As usual I was reading it out loud, and I was stuck at "Following the revelation that Microsoft ...
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Plural nouns used as adjectives

The query might return a list of selected items in a shopping cart, or posts in active forums threads, or whatever your web application needs to retrieve from your database. active forums is ...
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How can this sentence be corrected to be more concise and grammatically correct?

Is the following sentence grammatically incorrect because the word "they" is plural when there is only one teacher? How can it be corrected? Thomas may be afraid to speak to the teacher as he ...
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Neither is or are [duplicate]

Should this be neither is or neither are? Neither of these two books is suitable. Neither of these two books are suitable. Which one is correct?
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Can a singular noun be used to represent a category of things in a sentence subject?

Specifically, in following sentences, which ones are correct? Elephants are huge. The elephant is huge. An elephant is huge. Elephant is huge. I think 1 and 2 above are correct, but how about 3 ...
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1 in 7 appleS becomeS green? or, 1 in 7 apple becomeS green? or, 1 in 7 appleS become green? [duplicate]

Which of the following is proper grammar usage? 1 in 7 apples becomes green 1 in 7 apple becomes green 1 in 7 apples become green
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Is “statistics” singular or plural?

Statistics shows that people are having fewer children these days! Statistics show that people are having fewer children these days! Which one is grammatical?
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Why is “charge” uncountable?

He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee. Why is charge uncountable here? God gave Joshua a charge. In this case, it is countable. I can't find authoritative sources.
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When to use is or are in a sentence listing items [duplicate]

search in records where fixtures; oil; gas or minerals; or timber are located. or search in records where fixtures; oil; gas or minerals; or timber is located.
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Is there a dash between “n-second” [duplicate]

Take the example "one-second interval". Is there a dash between "one" and "second"? Also, should second be plural if I say "three-second/s interval"? Thanks!
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Why is this incongruity? [closed]

He sat over trays of food with John. They talked over a cup of coffee. Why is there plural in the first sentence and not in the second one?
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how the word “trait” is countable

I saw this sentence in a textbook: His physical traits have been given. We know that an abstract or non-physical thing is an uncountable noun. In this sentence the word "trait" means ...
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Multiples of the plural for spectrum

The plural for spectrum is spectra, but when talking about multiple groups of spectra, is it correct to use the word spectras ? How can multiple groups of spectra be referred to in a single word ?
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What is the plural of “How To”?

On a list of "How To" articles, should the title be "How Tos" or "How To's"? I think "How Tos" is technically correct (no apostrophe for plurals) but it reads like "How Toss" or "How Toes". "How ...
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“Mass communications shapes the world we live in”

I am editing a web page and came across this declaration: Mass communications shapes the world we live in It looks wrong to me, but I am wondering if it should be Mass communication shapes the ...
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Italics used for the plural treatment of words? [duplicate]

Do these look right to you? I'm pluralizing the following words. In doing so, I'm italicizing the word to be pluralized but not the 's': ands (instead of and's) wherefores (instead of wherefore's) ...
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How do you handle singular/plural for mathematical expressions that evaluate to 1?

I know that it is correct to say There is 1 composition of n. but what if instead of "1", I use an expression that evaluates to 1? For example, what is the grammatical number in these sentences? ...
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Verb agreement with two nouns

'Decades of research has/have shown' -decades is plural -research is murky I'd be inclined to write 'has' Thanks in advance Drew
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Plural of table leaf

In the context of a table leaf, what is the correct plural term, "table leafs" or "table leaves"?
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“X of 1 Points” or “X of 1 Point”?

I am trying to express credit earned toward a total number of points, and I'm considering two ways to write it in the case where full credit is only one point: X of 1 points X of 1 point My ...
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One type of good - singular or plural

I've read conflicting advice on the use of the word "goods" in an economic context (e.g. "goods for sale"). One piece of advice is that it is a plural noun that should never be used singular (e.g. ...
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Is there a noun that doesn't have a plural in any of its forms?

While attempting to answer this question @ProgramFox has been trying to come up with an example of a noun with no plural. The best I've come up with is egotism and Judaism. (*Flux*may be a viable ...
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Plural possessives of words not ending in s

So I know the difference between "the dog's owner" and "the dogs' owner," but I'm wondering how to write the possessive for a word like maxima. Is it as easy as "the maxima's positions" or is there ...
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Subject–object agreement: which of these sentences is correct?

Corporations may not have a conscience, but they do have PR departments. Corporations may not have consciences, but they do have PR departments. Corporations may not have a conscience, but ...
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Problem with choosing between singular and plural nouns

I would like to find out how to use singular and plural nouns correctly. I have tried grammar books, but I can't find anything on agreements of nouns in the object position. Please kindly explain to ...
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“Pilgrims homelands'” or “Pilgrim's homelands”?

The context for this is that the group of pilgrims all come from different places. So how would I refer to the [many]pilgrims [many]homelands? I'm not sure where that apostrophe should go.... ...
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your 1 hour 6 minutes are up / your 1 hour 6 minutes is up

I'm not sure which of these is more correct. Your 1 hour is up This is easy. Singular. Your 5 minutes are up Again, simple enough. Plural. Your 1 hour and 6 minutes is up Your 3 hours and 1 ...
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“is” or “are” for x and y? [closed]

The boy and girl is going to the store. The boy and girl are going to the store. Which sentence is correct? I can't remember if 'x and y' is considered a singular or plural noun.
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Usage of 'commas' vs 'commata'

I've learned quite recently, that plural form from comma is commata (but commas is also correct, such as index-indices-indexes). I've learned the rule for German, and I've checked the English version ...
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Plural form of “stuff”

Is it correct to use the plural form of stuff as in this sentence: I have packed all my stuffs. Should the singular be used or there is no difference in meaning?
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Is there a plural form of teeth? [closed]

Is teeth's a word? Would you say my teeth's enamel is coming off, or my tooth enamel is coming off?
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Climate change and the accompanying sustainability concerns is/are [duplicate]

I am not sure whether to use is or are in the following sentence: Climate change and the accompanying sustainability concerns is/are the defining theme(s) of the 21st century.
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Use of plural pronoun to avoid mentioning of gender

I'm aware that (at least today's) English allows the use of a plural pronoun to avoid mentioning a gender of the subject. Example: _"Everybody can do what they want to" instead of "Everybody can do ...
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What is a reasonable definition for “is”? What is the rule for inserting it in a sentence?

I am learning a foreign language with the help of an excellent tutor who speaks enough English for me to be able to understand them. The deal is, essentially, I correct their English if they ...
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Subject–verb agreement not clear in “Is two bars OK?”

Is the following correct? Can I get some chocolate for myself? Yes, you can but not much. Is two bars OK? Is there any rule to explain the sentence above? The dialogue's taken from Grammar ...
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What is the formal plural of the word theorem?

The word theorem comes from late Latin theōrēma and the Greek θεώρημα . If one wanted a plural form other than theorems that reflected its etymology, what would it be? I understand the standard ...