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44 views

“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 ...
6
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2answers
248 views

is it 0 degree or 0 degrees outside? [duplicate]

This is in relation to the question "It's “1 degrees” or is it “1 degree” outside?". I have heard many people say that it is zero degrees outside. Is this correct, or is it 0 degree? The latter simply ...
2
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2answers
120 views

Do robotic insects have “antennas” or “antennae”?

I know that insects have antennae and machines have antennas. Which plural form should I use for something that’s both insectoid and a machine? Does one officially take precedence?
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1answer
71 views

“Shore of another world” vs “shores of another world.”

The lights of Tokyo were visible on the other side of the river. For an instant, I felt as if the city was an unreachable land; a place that existed on the shore(s) of another world. Should I ...
2
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1answer
306 views

Stack of Paper vs. Stack of Papers [closed]

I question the usage of "stack of paper" vs. "stack of papers". I purchase a ream of paper, and set it on a desk. In that process, does it change from a ream of paper to a stack of papers - changing ...
2
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3answers
621 views

“Are” Vs “Is” in the following sentences

I'm confused what verb would concord in the following couple of sentences: The number of students and the number of teachers are/is decreasing day by day in the school. Either a number of ...
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1k views

Use of “it” and “them”

Can the pronoun it refer to plural as in the following sentence? Secrets of Wealth and Provision and how to increase it. Or should it be: Secrets of Wealth and Provision and how to ...
2
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3answers
2k views

Correct usage of USD

I am currently writing an essay, I have to state there is a $1 million prize for something. What is the correct way of stating this amount? I have gone with "one million USD", do you think this is ...
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4answers
12k views

“A good memory” vs. “good memories”

If I say, "I don't have a good memory of my childhood", would it imply that I cant recollect it or that I have bad memories (bad stories, unhappy) childhood? I think that "good memories" implies the ...
2
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1answer
3k views

Should I say “3 half days” or “3 half-days” or “3 half-day”?

Should I say "3 half days" or "3 half-days" or "3 half-day"? I mean I want to refer to, for example, the a.m. of Monday, the p.m. of Wednesday, and the a.m. of Friday, together.
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2answers
363 views

“Lives” vs. “life” in “the life of those living on the farm”

James is giving a tour of his farm to some of his friends. Which sentence is correct: James introduces some of the animals on the farm: "This is Elmer, the pig... That's Mini, the mouse, and that ...
6
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1answer
195 views

“What questions [is/are] your data team hoping to answer?”

Over at stats.stackexchange we are having a minor kerfuffle over whether a title is using incorrect grammar. It has been edited and re-edited several times. It would be great to get some arbitration ...
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3answers
731 views

What are or What is [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Singular or plural following a list Which of the following are correct: What are the primary cause and the primary consequence of the... What is the primary ...
2
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3answers
787 views

“huge volume of data” or “huge volumes of data” [closed]

"huge volume of data" or "huge volumes of data" Should I use a singular form or a plural form? Search in Google results in 178,000 hits vs 256,000 hits.
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3answers
127 views

Response time or response times [closed]

Which is grammatical? response time of multiple services response times of multiple services
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1answer
413 views

Is “They all had 15 minutes waits” grammatically correct? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Pluralization rule for “five-year-old children”, “20 pound note”, “10 mile run” I was reading an article that used the phrase "15 ...
2
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3answers
202 views

Which pronoun refers to a group such as an orchestra — “they” or “it”?

Which pronoun should be used to refer to, say, an orchestra? Does it go on concert tours, or do they? Intuitively I’d go for “they”, but intuition is known to fail…
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0answers
54 views

'Their' singular or plural? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a correct gender-neutral, singular pronoun (“his” versus “her” versus “their”)? 'Their' is a third person plural; however, ...
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2answers
235 views

Combined reference to multiple leave

Dictionaries(dictionary.com, OALD etc.) suggest that leave (absence from work) is a noun- uncountable, which means it has to be "leave" for plural. Also, searching SE to find ...
0
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2answers
148 views

“Separate procedures for every combination” vs. “a separate procedure for every combination”

Which form of this sentence is correct and why? Therefore, in a real life system with multiple source and output data formats, separate procedures would have to be written for every ...
3
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1answer
309 views

Is the singular form of “desiderata” a disused word?

I was interested in the following paragraph which appeared in an article titled “A New Gauge to See What’s Beyond Happiness" by John Tierney in The New York Times (May 16, 2011). “They wanted to ...
0
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2answers
693 views

Plural words/singular modifiers

Something I've always been confused about even as a native English speaker... Say, someone is discussing a concert and they say: "there was a huge amount of people there". Is this correct, or should ...
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1answer
319 views

The correct way to say something is hired on an hourly basis

Which of the following is correct? We hire our bicycle... by the hour. by hours. by an hour. for hours.
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3answers
707 views

Is it “5-6 weeks are a lot of time” or “5-6 weeks is a lot of time”?

I was just copyediting somebody's answer on another SE site and my native English speaker Sprachgefühl told me I had to correct the grammar of one sentence: ... 5-6 weeks are a lot of time ... ...
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1answer
2k views

“The contents of the cereal box” — singular or plural? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “The contents are” or “the contents is” Which is correct? The contents of the cereal box is distributed among the children. The contents ...
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2answers
206 views

Silly questions, like X is/are a complete waste of time?

I'm stumped with this one. Given the question, "What did you learn from doing this task?", which of the following answers is correct? That silly questions, like "What did you learn from doing ...
14
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3answers
592 views

What are wrong with this phrase?

Is the phrase what are wrong with XY and ZZ correct English? I stumbled upon it in a question on movies.SE: What are wrong with the bleach and the fish in the Machinist?, and instantly thought ...
2
votes
2answers
548 views

When there are several appendices, what is that part of a book called?

If a book has one appendix, it is The Appendix. Now consider a book with three appendices (or, if you like, appendixes), named Appendix A, Appendix B, and Appendix C. The part of the book, which is ...
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6answers
5k views

“For both our sake” or “for both our sakes”

Should sake be pluralized in this usage? For both our sake, I'm going to leave now. For both our sakes, I'm going to leave now.
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2answers
170 views

How do I ask someone if their name represents a singular entity or a collective entity?

In a website I am programming I present the user with the option to name their website site, which can be a singular entity "Mel Tormé" which would present the menu options "About me", "Contact me" or ...
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1answer
382 views

Usage of “its” and “their” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is a company always plural, or are small companies singular? Is “staff” plural? When a political candidate gets an endorsement from a newspaper, the ...
3
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2answers
199 views

Usage of the word “memory”

I came across this question, but I do not find the answer to what's bothering me. Can memory be used to refer to a particular piece of your past experience that you remember well? E.g.: I have a ...
2
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4answers
2k views

“If you or your colleague has” or “If you or your colleague have”?

Which is correct out of the following two sentences? If you or your colleague have any questions, let me know If you or your colleague has any questions, let me know I was originally thinking that ...
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2answers
2k views

Is “Country(ies)” on a form label correct?

On an web form, where a user can select one country or several, I want to use a label more concise than Country or Countries. Is Country(ies) correct?
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3answers
3k views

What is the plural form of “SMS”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the correct way to pluralize an acronym? What's the plural form of "SMS" (if X), like: I'm concerned, I sent him over a million X but got no response. I ...
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2answers
6k views

Should it be folk or folks?

As a British native English speaker I have only ever used the word "folk" as an adjective in phrases such as "folk music" or "folk tales". My unscientific impression is that its use as a synonym for ...
4
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2answers
282 views

Plural of “copula”, does “copulas” or “copulae” sound more professional?

When talking in linguistics topics about the word "to be" and its foreign language equivalents like Spanish "ser" and "estar", the name of this kind of special verb is "copula". But copula has two ...
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1answer
264 views

Which is correct: “What kind of CDs” or “What kinds of CDs”?

Is it correct to say: What kind of CDs do you have? or What kinds of CDs do you have?
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3answers
245 views

How to count “Chinese yam”

I am not sure if most westerners have seen or eaten this food. Here is a picture of Chinese yam. As you can see in the picture, there are two sticks, but I am not sure if stick is a correct ...
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3answers
860 views

“How much is/are the two fares?”

Which is correct? How much is the two fares? How much are the two fares?
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5answers
4k views

Is the word “management” singular or plural? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is a company always plural, or are small companies singular? Which one of the following is correct? Management gets its ideas from its employees. Management gets ...
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3answers
4k views

Is two-thirds plural?

Is 2/3 always, sometimes or never plural? E.g. 1a) 2/3 of the pizza were eaten. 1b) 2/3 of the pizza was eaten. 2a) 2/3 of the visitors were men. 2b) 2/3 of the visitors was men. I ...
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3answers
896 views

“1 out of 100 chickens is” or “1 out of 100 chickens are”?

I'm in an argument. To me "are" makes more sense. I understand the rationale for is because it's only one chicken, but chickens itself is plural. Help?
2
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5answers
629 views

“A classmate and I was” vs “A classmate and I were”

I'm writing a resume right now targeted towards a specific company. My girlfriend (a classmate) and I were (see, I don't know if that's the right word, hence this question!) the first from our school ...
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3answers
2k views

“Each” vs. “both”

I have this sentence: Each of the datasets HapMap 6 and CEU HapMap 610 is stored in two schemas. Background: a schema is a namespace within a database. Possible variations include: [Each ...
3
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1answer
211 views

“Riviera” or “Rivieras” for plural

I can't find a consensus in dictionaries on the accepted plural form of the word Riviera. Is it I'm going to see all of the Riviera of the world or I'm going to see all of the Rivieras of the world?
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1answer
547 views

“Scar Tissue” vs. “Scar Tissues”

When is it appropriate to use "Scar Tissue" vs. "Scar Tissues" He applied ointment to the scar tissue. He applied ointment to the scar tissues. Are both correct or only the first one?
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1answer
434 views

Is it less than $100 or under $100? Is it more than $100 or is it over $100?

I am building a web site and need to clarify something for a non-U.S. customer. It's whether to use "less than/more than" or "under/over". items less than $100.00 items from $100.00 to $500.00 ...
3
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4answers
251 views

Dialog with an ok and cancel button

I'd be interested in your analysis of the following sentence (from program documentation): ... dialog with an ok and cancel button... [correct] Would be correct. However, why not: ... dialog ...
2
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4answers
271 views

Verb agreement with subjects of different grammatical number [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When a sentence uses an optional plural, should the rest of the sentence treat it as singular or plural? I'm writing a technical guide and trying to define 'reader' as ...