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Is “grounds” (as in a chunk of land) singular or plural?

Am I correct that grounds, although sounding plural, is actually singular? More specifically, which is better: I view Fedora as a testing grounds for new ideas. or I view Fedora as testing ...
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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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What is the plural form of the word “Demiurge” [closed]

What would be the plural form of the word "Demiurge", (the Creator~). One Demiurge. Many Demiurges?
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When can you pluralize uncountable nouns?

I have a two part question, the second depending on the answer of the first. I don't know if that is frowned upon, but I'm not sure how else to ask. Foil is an uncountable noun so it is not ...
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Is it correct to use the word 'etiquettes' for plural?

One of my friends argues with me that the plural for etiquette is etiquettes and for fish it is fishes. I was taught since ever that etiquette is plural as fish does. To support his statement he ...
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“Art developer” or “arts developer” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the difference, if any, between 'art', 'the arts', and 'Art'? Which is more correct in describing a software developer: art developer or ...
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What is the correct plural of “chaise longue”? [closed]

Is it "chaises longues" or just "chaise longues"? Both examples exist in different dictionaries. Or should it be something else entirely?
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Plural of “document”

I thought the plural of document is document itself. Which one is valid, document or documents?
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Either of two [subject]s was/were?

Is it correct to use "were" or "was" in the following? whenever either of two somethings [were/was] applied [...]
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Is “a row of” plural or singular?

I see an example in Longman dictionary. For the word of "toolbar", it says, "a row of small pictures at the top of a computer screen that allow you to do particular things in a document". I am ...
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Can I use the word “persons”?

I hope this is the correct place for my question. I didn't post in English learner site because it seems a more specific question. As everyone knows the plural of person is people, but I saw in a menu ...
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What is the plural of “Freight”? [closed]

What is the plural of freight? Freights just doesn't sound right to me. Perhaps, freight is already the plural. If that is the case, what is its singular? Edit After doing some research, most ...
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Plural of “uh-oh” and “oh-no”

Does the plural form of uh-oh and oh-no include an apostrophe? So is it "uh-oh's and oh-no's" or "uh-ohs and oh-nos"? I've seen it both ways and cannot find a definitive answer anywhere.
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Not only X but also Y are (is?)

At first glance, sentence 1 below seems more correct because there are two subjects. However, something seems more natural about sentence 2. Maybe there is something abbreviated, elliptical, or ...
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Plural forms which end in -x such as tableaux

Words borrowed from French and ending in -eau originally had plural forms which appended an -x rather than an -s. For e.g., the plurals of tableau, beau, and plateau were tableaux, beaux, and plateaux ...
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“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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Use of noun “immovable” and its plural form

I'm not sure about the plural form of immovable (immovables). By the way, is "immovable" a word that English speakers use when referring to "real estates, properties etc."?
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“These include” or “This includes”

I am writing a user manual and am stuck upon these include and this includes. Do I use This includes when there is only one thing involved? For example, "This includes normal users" and "This includes ...
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Plurality of a group also referenced using we/our/us

This question (migrated to writers.se) uses an example sentence along the lines of ABC is expanding our operations overseas. As a Brit, I'm quite comfortable with either ABC is or ABC are in ...
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How should we treat a plural term that refers to singular term?

I'd like to better understand why is the following grammatical: One of the problems is flags. Here flags refers to the flagging system. However, flags is plural and the flagging system is ...
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“Forty foot” or “forty feet”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Pluralization rule for “five-year-old children”, “20 pound note”, “10 mile run” Is it correct to say "This is a forty foot drop" ...
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“one in four kids”: has or have? [duplicate]

Which of these two statements is correct? Did you know 1 in 4 kids have an undetected vision problem? Did you know 1 in 4 kids has an undetected vision problem?
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When can compound adjectives be plural? [duplicate]

I am helping to correct some errors in a game manual not originally written in english. I've come across a bit that I'm not sure what to do with. The game consists of several 90-minute matches. My ...
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“Were that you who did that” vs. “was that you who did that”

Which of the following is correct? Were that you who did that? Was that you who did that? Obviously one has to use were with you, but which one goes here in this case?
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Subjective subject-verb agreement

Please consider the following: My wide range of abilities have helped my team succeed. My wide range of abilities has helped my team succeed. Microsoft Word identifies the first as a ...
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“An alternative mean” or “An alternative means”? [closed]

I am not sure if I should use "an alternative mean for..." or "an alternative means for..." to express another way of doing something. Since I use "an", I feel it is nature to use the singular form ...
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Should we treat “information” as a plural term in the following context?

I'm writing a thesis on web information extraction. I use the term information a lot in my thesis, but I'm not sure I should treat it as a plural term or singular term. The following are some cases ...
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“A majority of those whose family” or “families”

Is "family" both plural and singular? or would I have to say families for the plural form? For example, which of these is the best option: "A majority of those whose family were unaware of their ...
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Is “all but one” singular or plural? [closed]

Do you say “All but one person forgets something” or “All but one person forget something”? I'm assuming that if all means five people, for example, then the example can be rewritten as Four people ...
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Possession in Compound Nouns [duplicate]

In a compound noun with a postpositive adjective, such as "Director-General" or "Court Martial," the noun is pluralized by using the plural form of the first word (i.e. "Directors-General" or "Courts ...
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Is “make no mistake” a mistake?

Is "make no mistake" proper grammar? Isn't "no" being used as a quantifier? Aren't quantified nouns supposed to be plural when the quantity is none? For example, I was taught to say, "one egg" and ...
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“The efforts involved” vs. “the effort involved”

…this we are doing proactively in order to have a better understanding at coming up with an estimate in case you want to know the effort involved. Should I go with "efforts" or "effort" in the ...
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“40-50 years old” vs. “40-50 year olds” when referring to a group

In formal research, which is more correct, and why: the group of 40-50 years old OR the group of 40-50 year olds In any case the phrase in bold is to be treated as a noun only, as in: The ...
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“Neither Billy nor Suzy look” vs. “neither Billy nor Suzy looks” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Neither is” or “neither are” Say you take a photo of Billy and Suzy, but they both end up looking funny. Would you say Neither Billy nor ...
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Plurals of quotations: “Chorus of ‘Hello’s”; “Ooh”s & “Ah”s

Is there a way to pluralize a quotation? E.g., He was greeted with a chorus of “Hello”s. or Her daring earned “Ooh”s & “Ahh”s from around the room. With actual dictionary words ...
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Plural form of Abbreviation Ending in O [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the correct way to pluralize an acronym? My company deals in Purchase Orders. For years they have referred to multiple purchase orders as POs. It seems, the ...
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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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Somebody/someone gets/get *

Which is correct: "Somebody gets punished" or "Somebody get punished?" I have the same question with respect to "Someone gets" and "Someone get." Is there a rule which applies to this kind of ...
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Should I use “make” or “makes” in the following statement?

Should I use make or makes in the following statement: Please explain why your experience and qualifications makes you the best candidate for this position
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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 ...
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Pluralization of savings and costs (plural expressions of plural quantities)

I have a list of savings, expressed in terms of the items that necessitate the original costs. For example, say that I have to purchase sewing material. My first question is: in expressing the amount ...
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Use of plurals when talking about a boxes owner?

I have the following technical detail to log in work: There is no communication between each of the ComboBoxes containers The component is called a ComboBox in singular. Is this correct, or ...
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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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how to refer to a single author in a first-person plural narrative

In an essay written by two nameless authors speaking in plural first-person narrative, how would one refer to a single one of the two authors? For example, suppose Alice and Bob are the authors of the ...
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Reservation or reservations?

I have booked a table for ten at a restaurant. Now, I need to inform them that I have done so. Do I say,"The reservations are for 11.30." or "The reservation is for 11.30." ? Alternatively, can I use ...
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What is the plural for the Book of Mormon?

What is the plural for the Book of Mormon? “Books of Mormon” would be changing the title of the book. “Book of Mormon's” Would be possessive, and “Book of Mormons” sounds like it was as if it was a ...
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Other academic field distinctions like math vs maths

Growing up in the US, I was taught to say "math" and the British "maths" sounded very awkward to me until I noticed mathematics had an 's' at the end, and it occurred to me that it could be considered ...
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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 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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Use of plural form when applied to both singular and plural cases

There is a situation where I have never worked out the correct thing to do. For example, here is a sentence I just used in a comment on Stack Overflow: The 'strong disagreement' was about ...