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What is the plural of interrogative words (what, who, where, when, how, why, etc.)

If interrogative words are used as nouns, how are they pluralized? Example: This will answer your hows and whys. What is the correct form? whys (the same as most English words?) why's (following ...
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Why does the 3rd-person of verbs that end in -y follow the rule for plural nouns instead of verbs?

I don’t understand why the 3rd-person of verbs that end in -y such as cry, try, or fly follow the rule for pluralizing nouns like fly. Why do they become cries, tries, and flies instead of crys, trys, ...
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Is “deers” correct when referring to different species?

The plural of deer is deer, but if you are referring to different species of deer, would it be correct to say "deers"? Considering that the plural of fish is fish, but when referring to different ...
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“Find ten apples and oranges” Do I find 10 or 20?

If I read the sentence Find ten apples and oranges. Do I need to find ten or twenty pieces of fruit?
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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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“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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“Apache are” or “Apache is”?

What is more correct when I'm talking about Apache 2 (HTTP webserver)? It is Apache or They are Apache I think it's "Apaches are". What's correct?
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Grammar behind the song title 'The Way I Are' [closed]

You might know the song called The Way I Are by Timberland featuring Keri Hilson. I am very confused here. How does The Way I Are make sense?
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Is “robotics” a plural noun? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Politics: singular or plural? What is the difference between a “singular noun” and a “plural noun treated as singular”? Which is the correct ...
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Best word for health problems

What is the best word for pain and health problems caused by a disease? I want to use it as term for a collection of symptoms, that I gather. For example: [headache, stomachache, nausea] but ...
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Why does “information” not have a plural form?

Why doesn't the word information take an "S" in English even if the meaning is "plural"?
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Plural of “daughter in law” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Words that are pluralized in the middle? I was asked to write the plural of daughter in law in an aptitude exam. I wrote it as daughters in law. Please tell me the right ...
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Politics - singular or plural?

I am having difficulty deciding which of the following is correct: Politics both fascinates and repulses him. Politics both fascinate and repulse him. I think, in part, this is because I ...
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parent vs parents, which is the correct word to use? [closed]

i would like to know which of these is exactly correct or is both allowed ? i see people use parent and also as parents in day to day communication.
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The battery, etc., is (are?) included.

When “etc.” is used with a singular subject, such as in the following sentence, should the verb be singular or plural? The battery, etc., is included.
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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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Possessive plural of country? [closed]

Is it countries? Country's? I originally thought the latter but this would suggest a singular country?
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What is the difference between “little” and “a little”?

I would like to know how these two words differ in usage. Which one is singular? Which one is plural? I would greatly appreciate if you could provide me with a sample usage of these phrases.
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A collective noun when referring to a group of people with the same name?

How can I refer collectively to a group of people with the same name, for example: Having so many Johns around is confusing. or Having so many John's around is confusing. Which one is the ...
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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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The grammar of 'clothes' versus 'clothing'

Which of these is correct: I didn't realize how much clothes you had on the floor I didn't realize how much clothing you had on the floor Any additional explanation about clothes versus ...
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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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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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What job don't students like very much?

I need to have my English students read a pie chart containing information about jobs. One of the questions I wrote is: "What job don't students like very much?" (They are expected to read the ...
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Plural of “camera obscura”

While reading an article about history and use of the camera obscura and camera lucida the use of camera obscuras for the plural felt increasingly wrong. (whinge over) In general when a (foreign) ...
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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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“Work” (noun) is plural or singular?

I couldn't find an answer to this question by searching the archive. If it's duplicate please let me know, and I'll remove it. I was wondeing if "work" (noun) is plural or singular? for example, I ...
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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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“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 ...