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

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“Success” or “successes”

Which is correct? The newspaper described the success of people like Bob and Joe. The newspaper described the successes of people like Bob and Joe.
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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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User’s/Users’/Users Group [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “User's guide” vs. “users' guide” If referring to a Users Group (meaning a group made up of multiple individual users who have some ...
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What is the noun to use when describing the characteristic of another word being plural (or not)?

In editing a document, I changed a word from a singular form to a plural one, and I want to leave a comment explaining what I did. The comment I wanted to write went something like this: "changed the ...
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Nouns of plural form preceding another noun

I was reading Computers, Communications, and Information A User's Introduction (Seventh Edition) by Sarah E. Hutchinson and Stacey C. Sawyer. The authors consistently used such terms as ...
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Term used for the number of items in a singular or plural noun or sentence

Can anyone confirm the name of the term used for the number of items in the terms singular, plural, etc.? Does singular or plural indicate the cardinality of a part of the sentence, or is there ...
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How to write the “plural of plural”?

I'm always confused how to write a "something of something else" in English, especially when plural is involved. For example, what would be the correct way to write the following sentences in English: ...
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Which one is correct: “communications device” or “communication device”?

Is there any difference between "wireless communications device" and "wireless communication device"? Which one would be more appropriate in the following title: Motion programming of spatial ...
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Members’ Benefits vs Member’s Benefits [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where should the apostrophe go in the word “beginners” in “beginners guide”? I’m currently developing a site which has a membership scheme which ...
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Pluralization of Phrases

I was corresponding with someone about the misuse of a Latin phrase, puto qui, during which I said, Instead of peppering his sentences with incorrect puto quis, he should have used the infinitive ...
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Why is the singular of “year” used in phrases like “72-year-old” and “20-year jail sentence”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Pluralization rule for “five-year-old children”, “20 pound note”, “10 mile run” 72-year-old Giselle Gilbert was taken to hospital. ...
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the single of plurals are?

I'm sure his has a general form and welcome a link to a duplicate, but as I don't quite know what to search for, here goes. Whilst answering a question on the Mathematics Stack Exchange, I found ...
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When did “species” become the word for both the singular and plural? [duplicate]

I thought the singular version was"specie," and the plural was"species." Was "species" always an acceptable equivalent to "specie?"
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What is the plural of peafowl?

So, “the peacock’s mission is clear: to create as many baby __ as possible.” Dictionary.com is frustratingly vague on this — it says: pea·fowl [pee-foul] noun, plural pea·fowls (especially ...
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Singular or plural in these sentences . . [duplicate]

I've often written sentences like these: The structure and linearity here is [are?]what is [are?] stifling creativity. Compare: The pencil and pen are in the room. [Where is seems wrong] The project ...
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Should it be “no sign of” or “no signs of”?

I'd like to say: The calm, balmy evening air showed no sign of the carnage that would ensue. My question is: should it be "no sign of" or "no signs of"? Obviously the word "sign" is countable noun ...
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Plural of table leaf

In the context of a table leaf, what is the correct plural term, "table leafs" or "table leaves"?
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Usage of 'commas' vs 'commata'

I've learned quite recently, that plural form from comma is commata (but commas is also correct, such as index-indices-indexes). I've learned the rule for German, and I've checked the English version ...
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Singular/plural in “no X since” vs “no Xs since”

I commented against an earlier question “No A or B” vs. “Neither A nor B” that in contexts such as The system has had no error since 2013 native speakers would invariably use the plural errors. As I ...
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When to, and when not to pluralise month?

Can someone please explain the correct way of pluralising month, for instance why do we sometimes use months or month, such as: "Victor is a 7 month old baby" and "Victor is 7 months old" What is ...
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Plurals in titles of lists regardless of number of items

Not sure how to describe it, so here is an example. This looks right, even though “tests which failed” has only one item in the list: Tests which failed Test #1 Tests which passed ...
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“1–2 minutes” or “1–2 minute(s)”

If we are using both singular and plural in the same sentence, how do we say or write it? For example, which one is correct? one to two minutes one to two minute(s) one minute to two minutes
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Which of several or’d-together subjects should the verb agree with? [duplicate]

There are instances when I have difficulties with the agreement between the subject and the predicate. Which of these should I say: Neither you nor I am to blame Neither you nor I are to blame.
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Why do we need an indefinite article in the sentence “The price is **an incredible 50,000 dollars**”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: ‘A[n] * [number] [plural]’ Construction Why do we need an indefinite article in the sentence "The price is an incredible 50,000 dollars"? "An" is singular, "dollars" is ...
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What’s the plural of “Valentine’s”

If I want to form the plural of “Valentine’s” as a short form of “Saint Valentine’s Day” – where do I put the apostrophe(s)? Is it possible at all? I believe that Valentines’, although the normal ...
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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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Artist management company or artists management company? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Nouns of plural form preceding another noun When talking about a company that guides professional career of artists (such as illustrators or photographers), helps them ...
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Is it “Sales collateral” or “Sales collaterals”?

My question is whether you use the plural or singular form — or either. Is there perhaps also a different usage in the US and the UK?
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“Food” vs. “foods” — spelling and meaning [closed]

I've been looking around the Internet. Some websites say that foods is incorrect but others say it is correct.
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“has” vs “have” usage after enumerating two subjects, the first one in plural [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Singular or plural following a list I'm inclined towards the 2nd sentence, because 1) the first subject is plural and 2) there are two subjects. Sub-question: but what ...
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Wanting input on inputs

I am uncomfortable with the use of inputs as the plural noun of the previously non-countable input. Is this a recent computer-related development (as used in many posts on this site) which has spilled ...
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Which of these two sentences is correct (“processes” vs. “process”)?

Which of the following two sentences is correct? Read more about the processes behind my projects. ...or... Read more about the process behind my projects. The one on top looks right ...
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Use of the plural with list, and when item count is 0 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “user accounts” or “users account”? I keep asking myself which form is the most correct when listing items on a website: "Article list" or ...
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Different size or different sizes?

Which one is better: two pipes of different radii or two pipes of different radius? In Futurama, let me show you some of the different lengths of wire I use is a plural argument, but is it only ...
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“Currency rates” or “currencies rates”

What is the correct form when we have a rate for each currency in a list of currencies. For example if currencies are EUR, GBP and USD there will be a rate (buy and sell) for each one of these ...
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Why “hundreds of <noun>s” instead of “hundreds of <noun>”?

In the expression hundreds of <noun>(s), I would think that hundreds is what's being modified because of is usually right-branching: hundreds<-{of <noun>(s)} (This is in contrast ...
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Is the phrase “this will blow your and your friends’ minds.” correct?

I couldn't find this specific type of phrase on here yet. I'm especially not sure whether to use the plural in this phrase. Should I use your and your friends' -mind- or -minds-?
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One type of good - singular or plural

I've read conflicting advice on the use of the word "goods" in an economic context (e.g. "goods for sale"). One piece of advice is that it is a plural noun that should never be used singular (e.g. ...
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Subject–object agreement: which of these sentences is correct?

Corporations may not have a conscience, but they do have PR departments. Corporations may not have consciences, but they do have PR departments. Corporations may not have a conscience, but ...
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“[Is/are] X and Y the reason[s] you did Z?”

Is the violence and the abuse the reason you ran away home? Are the violence and the abuse the reasons you ran away from home? Is the violence and the abuse the reasons you ran away home? ...
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Singular of “folks”?

It has been suggested to me that "fellow" is the corresponding singular version of the word "folks" in the context of "hey folks" or "listen folks" but it doesn't have the same gender neutrality.
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The whys and the hows

Are apostrophes needed in this phrase? The whys and the hows I searched for duplicate questions, but the closest I found was in regard to words inside quotes.
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“Change” or “Changes”

Is the following sentence right or should I use "changes"? The present study aimed at quantifying the change in surface air temperature and monthly total rainfall Here, by change I meant ...
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Why use these words in plural form?

I'm always uncertain what form the following words should be used. In normal situations, they seem always in plural form but when singular forms can be used (or never be used)? Corporate earnings ...
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“Two substances with plasticizer contents of B and Z, and C and Z respectively”

I have a problem with the word "content". I wish to describe two mixtures of substances: M1:A with plasticizer B, and M2:A with plasticizer C. Both mixtures contain a common third component, ...
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“Indexes” or “indices” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the plural of the word “index”? I have a vague thought that indices would be used when index refers to a position in a sequential collection of some ...
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Is “group” singular or plural? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is a company always plural, or are small companies singular? When I'm referring to a group of multiple things, should it be considered singular or plural for the ...
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“The one who wants” vs. “the one who want”

I am getting confused with usage of 's' with verb- consider following 2 sentences- I am the one who wants to stay with you. I am the one who want to stay with you. According to me, first ...
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“Compound nouns list” or “compound noun list”?

I couldn't help but wonder every time I saw such a noun phrase. I've seen both forms used equally often, so I guess both of them can be used interchangeably. But do I guess right? Some examples: ...
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Can I mix singular and plural for a possessive?

I want to talk about a specific woman. She is the wife of one of my cousins. So I have several cousins, but not each of them has a wife, and those who have one obviously only have one. Can I say ...