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

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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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Why is it “materials science” instead of “material science”?

Does anyone know how the "s" at the end of "materials" in "materials science" came about? It seems like "material science" would be equivalent, and is more natural to say aloud. For comparison with a ...
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Which is the correct plural of Atlas? [on hold]

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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Why does Facebook have “like's” instead of “like”s?

I'm not a native English speaker, so I'm sorry if this is obvious but I can't find an explanation. Why are "like"s usually referred to as like's on Facebook? (You can see many instances here.) To ...
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Is “Mankind” used with “is” or “are.”

I saw an old quote saying "My friends are mankind." Is this correct? The word "are" is generally used with multiple objects, so it works properly with friends - ie, "My friends are great" is ...
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“What I'm looking for is/are [plural noun]”

Which one of the below is correct, and if both are correct in certain contexts, which is the preferred one? What I'm looking for is methods that help... What I'm looking for are the methods ...
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plural or singular for a single-entry set

There is a term "a set of generalized coordinates" in physics that is used to describe a system. But for some simple systems, the set contains just one generalized coordinate. Can we say, for example, ...
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My favorite animal are dogs

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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has rather than a/has? [closed]

Hello my question is do my subjects both have to be plural or singular when they are seperated by "rather than"? The sentence I am trying to write is.. To others, a hero has certain qualities ...
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Is “geometry” plural or singular? [on hold]

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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Which sentence is right? [duplicate]

If I want to know who he is, how can I ask? 1.Do anybody know who he is? 2.Do anyone know who he is? Do these two sentences have mistakes? or how can I modify it to make it better? if not, which is ...
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Plural or singular when stating that an amount is enough

A colleague of mine corrected the following sentence in a text I had written: A handful of iterations was generally enough for convergence. According to her it should be: A handful of iterations ...
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All but followed by [closed]

Which of the two is right Make all but the first box black Make all but the first boxes black i.e. should box agree with all (plural) or with first (singular)?
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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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What is the proper plural form of 'apparatus'?

Dictionary.com claims that the plural of 'apparatus' is 'apparatuses'. Surely that can't be right... isn't it 'apparati'?
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“Twice” vs “two times” [closed]

I had a disagreement with someone over these two sentences. Is one of these two sentences incorrect? I had to replace the window two times. I had to replace the window twice. I would ...
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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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Plural followed by singular - “have” or “has”?

I'm wondering which of the following is correct: Guns are an invention that have had an enormous impact on African history. or Guns are an invention that has had an enormous impact on ...
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Irregular plurals in noun adjuncts

Several psycholinguists1,2 have observed that English speakers do not use regular plurals in compounds, even when the noun refers to more than one instance (dog-catcher, *dogs-catcher), but do use ...
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Declension is a noun. What is the verb? [closed]

Based on Wikipedia article, in linguistics, declension is the inflection of nouns, pronouns, adjectives, and articles to indicate number (at least singular and plural), case (nominative or subjective, ...
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Using “skies” instead of “sky”

Why do people use "skies" instead of "sky" (when, indeed, we only have one sky)? Reach for the sky/skies! and I'm glad to finally see some blue skies. I'm glad to finally see a blue ...
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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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“The best (and one of very few) website[s]”

Stack Exchange is the best (and one of very few useful) question-and-answer websites in the world. In this statement, should it be website (where "best" overrules "one of very few") or websites ...
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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? thanks in advance for your valuable help. ...
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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: ...
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Anglicized plural and zero plural

What is the difference between "anglicized plural" and "zero plural"? I found those terms used in http://www.onlinegrammar.com.au/plural-of-status/ which says, What is the correct plural of ...
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Does bit (information) have a plural [closed]

I'm wondering if the word "bit" in its information theory / computer science sense actually has a plural. If "bit" is used like a unit of measurement, then it should mostly be used in its singular ...
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Use is or are with the plural “statistics”? [duplicate]

I have the following sentence: "Statistics is my passion and I am always eager to accept new challenges" I am not sure about the statistics and the is. Is this correct? Because statistics is ...
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How to say the plural of IP? [duplicate]

Can someone assist me with this doubt? In many sites I have seen it written as "IP's" and in other as "IPs". What is the correct form to refer for the plural of IP?
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which is better, “deformation” or “deformations”?

This is for a thesis title so I want to be sure it makes sense. Would it be more correct to write: "defects and structural deformations" (plural); as in, there are a number of possible ...
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“Any question” versus “any questions” [closed]

What is the proper use of question versus questions. For example, "Please call me with any question (or questions) you may have." My boss and I are having an argument over this.
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“Table of Contents” vs. “Table of Content”

If I ask an English speaker to spell out TOC, I would expect it to be "Table of Contents" with an 's'. But I not much but sometimes do see "Table of Content" without an 's' in some books. Is this ...
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Use of plural of “breakfast”

I found myself discussing the eating activity of my cats with... my cats. Anyway, I said to them "Huh, you two didn't eat your breakfasts!" At this point, I paused, realizing that sounded very odd to ...
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“Inspection of A and B is/are already done”

My friend wrote: Inspection of Indian Embassy and Bangladesh Embassy is already done. Rest of the inspection is expected soon! I think the first sentence is ungrammatical, the is must be an are ...
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How to bring singular and plural conditions under a single sentence?

I am doing a sentence like the below. "He may undergo a scan,(or scans). The resulting image/images will be examined by the doctor." I am thinking of this one. "He may undergo a group of scans. The ...
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“Millions” versus “million”

Usually when discussing monetary amounts, people will say "That cost one hundred million dollars" or "one hundred million pounds". But I have also seen it written as "that cost one hundred millions ...
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Why are the words hundred, thousand, million, and trillion singular after plural numbers?

Can anyone give a grammatical explanation why the words hundred, thousand, million, and trillion are singular after plural numbers? For example, why can't we say three hundreds or 4 thousands or ...
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“All of this” vs “All of these”

I've read/heard people saying "all of this" and "all of these" where this and these both refer to some plural entity. Are there any differences in using this and these in this way? I'm guessing that ...
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Is it “Foreign Language Department” or “Foreign LanguageS Department”?

I searched the Internet and found some universities use the former and some latter. Can't professors agree at one? Or when the former is used, only one foreign language is taught?
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Using the singular form of the word “subject” in a sentence

I was told today that the following sentence was incorrect because the noun "subject" is countable and therefore should have been put in the plural. "I have to change subject every time." However, I ...
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With “amount” will you use singular or plural?

I am confused about this grammatical question: large amount of data and the fact that it will exponentially grow large amount of data and the fact that they will exponentially grow (the semantic ...
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Controversy over verb choice in “neither you nor I {is/am/are} in control”

I was watching the film A Game of Shadows starring Robert Downey Junior and Jude law when this line came up, "...neither you nor I is in control..." (I can’t remember the exact words that ended the ...
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Has “as-is” plural form? [duplicate]

I wanted to shorten a sentence: "Let the procedures leave in their original state." I wrote "Let the procedures leave as-is." Is it correct or I had to use "Let the procedures leave as-are." Has the ...
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Origin and usage of “a shambles”

"Shambles" is one of the few singular nouns in English that blatantly resembles a plural noun. What is the origin of "a shambles"? Why do we really need to prefix an "a" in front of "shambles"? Which ...
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Can “progeny” take the plural form?

There were things his grandchildren, in turn, should know. Yet he hesitated. How do you tell your children they are progenies of the self-proclaimed inventor of Manhattan clam chowder? (The New ...
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Is “details” singular?

Which one of the following sentences is correct? Here is the details you requested. Here are the details you requested. Having googled "Here is the details" and "Here are the details", ...
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“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?