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

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The first two of ten thousand have been delivered

Does this mean that the first literal two have been delivered? Or does it mean the first two thousand have been delivered?
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“is” or “are” with “fewer”?

Which one is correct? (Or is neither?) This field can contain 30 characters, fewer is recommended. This field can contain 30 characters, fewer are recommended.
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middleware vs middlewares

I am contributing at an open source project, and we got a message (https://github.com/gin-gonic/gin/issues/252) about our grammar at source code and documentation (we are not native english speakers). ...
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The transport of cargo / cargoes?

I say "the transport of beer", in which "beer" seems to be correctly referring to either a single beer or, more likely, the liquid in general. Saying "the transport of box" is obviously incorrect, ...
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'One out of three people thinks' or 'one out of three people think'? [duplicate]

Could someone please explain to me which of these sentences is correct and why? Only one out of three respondents (29%) thinks otherwise. Only one out of three respondents (29%) think ...
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People's belongings or peoples' belongings? [on hold]

I refuse to look after other people's belongings. I refuse to look after other peoples' belongings. Which is correct? We're talking about the belongings that potentially belong ...
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Everyone's SINGULAR or everyone's PLURAL?

Ex. What would be right- 1. ... that caught everyone's eye. 2. ... that caught everyone's eyes.
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Verb in context: singular or plural?

I have this sentence: The thought of her commotion, and the hope that the neighbors heard her, gives her enough strength to push the door open. Is the singular verb gives correct here? I ...
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Fish Irregular Plural Forms

Several species of fish have names that are both singular and plural form. These include cod, flounder, salmon, and trout, they are used to describe one fish or ten. Does this stem from fish being ...
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Would I use “Account analyses and reconciliations” or “Account analysis and reconciliations”? [closed]

Which form of the word is correct? Account analyses or account analysis?
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Skullcandys or Skullcandies? [closed]

'Skullcandy' is a plural noun but can also refer to a product, so will the plural be Skullcandys or Skullcandies?
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Why is the plural of “aircraft” not “aircrafts”?

I came along this sentence: Today, we have used a large number of assets, comprising of 34 aircraft, 40 ships, hundreds of men, thousands of man-hours has been deployed I consulted dictionaries ...
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“Decides that” or “Decide that” - which is correct and why? [duplicate]

"The coaching staff decides that changes must be made." or "The coaching staff decide that changes must be made."
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What is the plural form of “S.Sgt.”?

Is it "S.Sgt.'s" or "S.Sgts."? Thanks.
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Which is correct: “Real Madrid compete very well,” or “Real Madrid competes very well?” [duplicate]

I think there's a difference in the ways in which sports announcers from the U.S. and U.K. refer to the teams. If my memory serves me correctly, I think announcers in FIFA from the U.K. will use forms ...
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Plural form after “with” (common property of multiple objects)

When I describe several objects with a common property, do I denote that property in the plural like: several samples with large surface areas or do I use the singular form, since it's one ...
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Question on plural [closed]

Say there are two universities and each has a faculty of medicine. So when I refer to the two faculties, do I say - (a) The faculties of medicine of the two universities; or (b) The faculty of ...
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Do you use “there is” or “there are” before a list?

When I use "there are:" (with a colon) to introduce a list starting with a singular item, should I use "there is" or "there are"? According to grammar rules, I should use "there is" if the following ...
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What job don't students like very much?

I need to have my English students read a pie chart containing information about jobs. One of the questions I wrote is: "What job don't students like very much?" (They are expected to read the ...
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is/are for multiple categories [closed]

If my company has 1 managerial employee and 1 janitorial employee, which of the following three sentences is correct? (a), (b) or (c)? (a) There is 1 managerial and 1 janitorial employee in our ...
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Temperature vs Temperatures

What is the explanation for the following sentence being written as it is: The newborn baby was discovered by passing cyclists on a day when temperatures surpassed 40 degrees Celsius. The ...
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How to Pluralize a Proper Noun That Already Has a “'s” In It

How does one pluralize a proper noun that already has an apostrophe in its singular form? for example, McDonalds'... How would I say there are three McDondald's in California? Please note: I am ...
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Does “including” change the plural?

When the phrase "including something" is used, will the plural changed? For example: Everyone is required to wear shoes. Everyone, including the staff, is/are required to wear shoes.
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's for plural things [duplicate]

Suppose we have a single assumption and we want to validate it, we write "assumption's validation" But if we had multiple assumptions which have to be validated, what should we say? Is there any ...
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Both plural and singular verb with the same single item

I've encountered the following sentence: Paper is a modern icon theme whose design is based around the use of simple geometry to compose icons. Paper icons are under heavy development and is ...
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how do we pronounce the plural form of kg in a sentence?

Could you tell me whether we need to say " I want three kg of carrot " or " I want three kgs of carrot "? Is the former the correct way of writing it? Thank you
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Magazine titles. Singular or Plural?

I have seen many different magazine titles. Some of them are singular and some of them are plural. ex) 'Home and Garden' vs. 'Homes and Gardens'. I don't think that it is about whether the noun in the ...
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Pluralization of “Participle”

Why is the plural formation of "participle" simply formed by adding -s. The etymology of the word is Latin in origin. Would it possible end with an -I or -ae. . . or some other Latin plural ...
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Which is correct, Credential or Credentials? [closed]

Is singular correct, or is plural of "credential" correct for a single username & password pair?
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Collective nouns treated as singular and plural in the same sentence

I have a problem with a sentence in a news announcement I'm writing. This is the sentence: 1) Company X is expanding and hires Person Y as their new CEO. I've previously understood that it is ...
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Basic Grammar for a beginner [closed]

Can I ask "Does she speak foreign languages?" instead of asking "Does she speak a foreign language?" And what is the difference between the two?
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Point, points, or points' distribution in space? [duplicate]

Let's say there are 10 points on a plane, and I'd like to describe their distribution as homogeneous. Which of the following is correct? The point distribution is homogeneous. The points ...
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Was or Were in a list of three [closed]

A man, a woman and a dog were in the park. or A man, a woman and a dog was in the park. ...and what's the rule please? Also, is there a difference if we write A man, woman and dog ...
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Using two plurals in a row

I have been wondering, how would I state this: "Loading Bitmaps Settings" It seems weird if either of them were singular, but it looks weird the way it is. A second example: "It roots plants" "It ...
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Are they “in a good mood“ or ”in good moods"?

Just now I was walking my dogs down S St. in Sacramento. We were gaining on a woman walking in front of us, when she turned around to see who was behind her. "Sorry," I said. "We aren't going to ...
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km plural or singular, “out of which 100 km is motorway”

The sentence is The total length of the public road's network is 29151 km, out of which 1243 km are motorways, 6810 km of national roads and 21098 km of regional and local roads. source: ...
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Plural of “camera obscura”

While reading an article about history and use of the camera obscura and camera lucida the use of camera obscuras for the plural felt increasingly wrong. (whinge over) In general when a (foreign) ...
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Is there special term for class of words which are irregular in forming their plural form?

There are such words as ox - oxen, torus - tori and many other which are irregular in a way of forming their plural form and I'm wondering if there is a special term for such words? On a side note I ...
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“A, together with B” singular or plural? [duplicate]

Which is the correct form of the following structure? A, together with B, provide an efficient means of... or A, together with B, provides an efficient means of... Certainly, "A provides", ...
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Plural of 'rush hour'

Can I use 'rush hours' in the sentence 'Can you sustain load during rush hours?'? Or should I say 'rush hour' in this context?
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Fire meet gasoline: is it correct?

Is it grammatically correct to say "Fire meet gasoline", as in the Sia's song, or just poetic license?? "Flame and candle meet, fire meet gasoline Fire meet gasoline, I'm burnin' alive ...
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Any difference in meaning: “They differ in language” and “They differ in languages”

(I am not a native english speaker but a translator asking help for better translation) I saw the expression, "All these differ from each other in language" and thought it is a typo of 'languages'. ...
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Why “a” bow and arrow?

Anyone who's watched CW's Arrow would recognize this line immediately: They've got guns. You've got a bow and arrow. They never say a bow and arrows. They never say a bow and an arrow. They say ...
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What is the correct plural form of “offspring”?

What is the correct plural form of the word "offspring"? From the dictionaries I have looked at, I am guessing it is just "offspring", but Dictionary.com says "offsprings" is also acceptable. ...
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“X as well as Y” ; will this be followed by singular verb or plural verb?

"X as well as Y" singular or plural When two nouns are connected using "as well as", does that become singular or plural? For eg. Sam as well as his brother Dean has / have to come. Which one is ...
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“Donation” or “donations”?

Should I say send your donations and support to or send your donation and support to? I would like to confirm which is right to use when I ask people to donate to a charity. I have read other ...
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Higher volumes of export OR volume of exports?

The problem gets more complex for India as there are higher volumes of export than that of import. OR The problem gets more complex for India as the volume of exports is higher than that of ...
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Using the phrase 'a number of' with countable/uncountable nouns and verbs in singular/plural [closed]

Find the mistake: Every year, an enormous number of paper is used to produce books. My thoughts so far: After googling I found that when using "a number of" we use plural verb (i.e., are). Is ...
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'0 result' vs '0 results' [duplicate]

I am developing a search control, where user types in and it returns search results. When I get no matching result what message would be correct in that case? a) 0 result b) 0 results
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If every brother has one book, are they brothers' books or brothers' book?

Let's assume I have two brothers, Cain and Abel. Cain has book A, Abel has book B. Should I call that books "my brothers' books" or "my brothers' book" to distinguish between having one book or more ...