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

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Can “thing” refer to a group (plural)?

Consider the following sentence: People are the most valuable thing a computer has ever encountered. Since "people" is plural, should I use "things" instead of "thing"?
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The topic is/are smart homes [duplicate]

What is correct? 1.) The topic is smart homes. 2.) The topic are smart homes. Regarding 1.) It sounds wrong for me, but in my opinion grammatically correct. Regarding 2.) It sound right, but ...
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Can “masters” (plural) be used to refer to a single entity?

I was perusing the forums of a video game I play. I began reading a thread about the lore of the game, because a few things lore-wise are left pretty vague. Two individuals got into an argument about ...
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is “modus operandi” singular or plural?

Is the phrase (as used in English) "modus operandi" singular or plural? And if the former, what is its plural form [or vice versa]? (To my untutored eye, "modus" seems to be a singular form, while ...
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On the grounds that

Which is correct: "on the grounds that" or "on the ground that" if only one 'ground' is given?
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Is this grammatically correct? “More often than not, I work on teams where I share a pool of work with other colleagues”

"More often than not, I work on teams where I share a pool of work with other colleagues." Is "where" the correct conjunction? Is it correct to use "teams" (plural) in former part of the sentence ...
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What is the plural of “corpus callosum”?

The Latin "corpus callosum" is also the common English name for a bundle of nerve fibers that connect the hemispheres of the cerebrum. Should the plural be the odd-sounding "corpa callosa" or the ...
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The plural form of: One's life work [closed]

I'm editing an essay about the two founders of a software company, and there is a sentence that currently reads: They have made it their live's work..." This looks and feels wrong, but I'm ...
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Three hours ( or three thousand pounds ) is or are?

When can three hours or three thousand pounds be considered singular and plural ? e.g. Three hours ( is - are ) a long period to wait for you. e.g. Three thousand pounds ( was - were ) collected for ...
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How to bring singular and plural conditions under a single sentence?

I am doing a sentence like this: 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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…the probability of flipping exactly one head[s] and three tails

I've encountered the following math question: Four fair coins are tossed at the same time. What is the possibility that the four coins will come up with only one head and three tails. Besides ...
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Difference between “Numbers analysis” and “number analysis”

The company I work for offers an analysis of a business’s financials. We'd love to call it either of “numbers analysis” or “number analysis”, whichever is grammatically correct!
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Is “nothing but birds and a few insects” singular or plural?

Nothing but birds and a few insects [was/were] to be seen. In that sentence, should the verb agree with "nothing" or with "birds and a few insects"?
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Singular noun + “or” + plural noun as a single unit

In a technical book, I have stumbled upon the following sentence: Here, resource-specification is a statement or statements that declares and initializes a resource. I'm a bit confused about how ...
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Can a (compound) adjective stand for a plural noun?

Does the following sentence make sense? Computers take key role at the two middle stages of the previously-listed. (Previously a process has been discussed with six different stages, so ...
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Is “are an” grammatically correct? [duplicate]

When I first learn about the present form of 'be', I was told that: Use 'are' with plural noun. And when I first studies articles, I was told that: Use 'a' / 'an' with single noun. So I ...
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Should I use Singular or Plural for “Donor(s) List”? [duplicate]

To be recognized in the Saddle River Donors List and help the Saddle River community, please include your tax free donation: Should it be Donors or Donor?
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Is 'hair' singular or plural?

When one says I was washing my hair, is it singular or plural? What is the singular for hair?
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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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Plurals for multiplied units

Physical quantities often have units, and some units are formed by multiplying or dividing other units. For example, the unit for momentum is kg m s-1 and the unit for impulse is N s. The question ...
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Was/were plural [duplicate]

Trying to write a report for my work, I know that if I reconstructed this sentence it would be "were", but with the way it is written now, which way would be right? There was a total of 652 ...
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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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Why are plural pronouns used for a singular third person? [duplicate]

My initial concept was: One should finish one's meal. When a user logs in to his/her email... A person bought a cake for his/her work. However, in the recent (8-10) years, I have been ...
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Need a single word for - Opportunity and Opportunities [duplicate]

I need a single word to represent both singular and plural form of the word "Opportunity". Usually we represent such words in the following fashion: Bottle(s). But I don't think Opportunity(s) would ...
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Is “there're” (similar to “there's”) a correct contraction?

Q: "Do you have any juice?" A: "Yes, there's some in the fridge." Sounds perfectly fine to me, but: Q: "Do you have any towels?" A: "Yes, there's some in the closet." Does not. I asked ...
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When expressing a class of things, should I use a singular or a plural form?

When referring to a class of things, especially countable things, I am always confused about singular noun and plural nouns. For example: Dogs are the most lovely animal in the world. and ...
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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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“The answer[s] to big problems…” - plural or singular? [closed]

The answer to big problems is always small solutions. or The answers to big problems are always small solutions. I believe these are both correct grammatically, but the singular ("is") ...
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Should the possessed be singular or plural in this case?

"... making the life of millions of people happier ..." or "... making the lives of millions of people happier ..." The first one could be interpreted as "every person lives one single joint life", ...
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Is this question grammatically correct?

Something seems off about this sentence, but I can't put my finger on it. The sentence in question: Which countries is Nicaragua competing with? Alternatives I considered: With which ...
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“Developers with cahuna's only” - is the apostrophe appropriate?

I have the following sentence I've just seen, but I am pretty sure there should be no apostrophe on cahunas. developers with cahuna's only need apply. Any ideas, I think it should be: ...
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“Wasn't” vs. “weren't” in a vernacular sentence

I ain't heard no word to let me know you wasn't just eating hay. Should the wasn't be weren't?
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Pluralising 'Red Kite'

Is the following grammatically correct? An area frequented by red kite and skylarks It would appear to be incorrect as red kite should be pluralised to red kites, however this sounds wrong to my ...
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What is the plural form of “doubt”? [closed]

"If you have any doubt", let me know." "If you have any doubts, let me know." Both sound correct. Are there any subtle differences in meaning?
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Usage of double plural

Here we have the plural in the end: "communication technology services" Here we have two plurals(quite common in google): "communications technology services" Eventually, we could have three ...
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Is this correct? “One of the things that makes him great is…”

One of the things that makes him great is he brings it every night. I'm pretty sure it should be that make him in the plural, because one of the things is referring to a lot of things and a lot ...
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“Diameter is” versus “Diameters are” [closed]

Which one is correct? In [7] the diameter of Cayley graphs on Sn is calculated. In [7] the diameters of Cayley graphs on Sn are calculated.
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singular or plural subject?

The whole world and, most importantly, some country, support(s) ... Which is the subject here? I think world and some country, so I should say support not supports, but I am not sure because some ...
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“Among his team” or “among his team members”

Would it be correct to say "to disсuss among his team"? Can we use "among" with collective noun (team, group, committee, etc) if they are in singular form? Or "among" always must be followed by plural ...
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Using sentence subject to decide between “is” and “are” [closed]

I thought I had it figured out but then I got confused again. When sending an e-mail in response to a job posting, if the e-mail has attached to it a single copy of your cover letter and single copy ...
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Singular followed by plural list [closed]

Which is correct? Equipment is gloves and glasses. Equipment are gloves and glasses. I'm editing a book, and this translation I'm working with has been confirmed by the client, so terms cannot be ...
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woman vs women plurality

I hope this is not ridiculous to ask (and I will try to focus on a question, rather than discussion) but have I missed something regarding the use of the word women to refer to a single person? I have ...
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Data is or data are? [duplicate]

I know that 'data' is technically the plural of 'datum' but when used in a sentence is it correct to say "Data is ..." or "Data are ..."? Are both valid or is only one correct?
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Negation of a chain of verbs conjoined with “and”

Let's consider the following sentence: Ducks are things that walk like ducks and quack like ducks. Now, I wanna negate it to describe something that is not a duck. The most verbose way to do it ...
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“A mice problem” vs. “a mouse problem”

My friend said to me one day: "We have a mice problem at UNI". Is "a mice problem" grammatical as opposed to "a mouse problem"?
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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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“Feature Tour” vs “Features Tour” [duplicate]

Documentation for a piece of software will often include a tour of its features. Sometimes this is called "Feature Tour", and sometimes "Features Tour". From querying web search engines, it would seem ...
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Ellipsis or Ellipses?

Inspired by this question: What is the correct term to use when describing the "three dots" (. . .), ellipsis or ellipses? And are either of these terms considered plural? For example, if I wanted to ...
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Plural of Ethos

What is the plural form of ethos? I have always thought it was "ethoi".I think this fully describes the problem but if it doesn't then do not pose it.
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It's one of the best [plural noun] that + has (or) have

In the sentence It's one of the best films that has/have ever been made What should the verb agreement be?