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

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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 ...
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Verbs that follow an amount of time, singular or plural? [duplicate]

Which one is grammatically correct? One hour and a half is all you have left. One hour and a half are all you have left. Two hours is all you have left. Two hours are all you have left. ...
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Proper usage of “is” and “are” when specifying multiple nouns

This is one thing I never really bothered looking into, but have always been unsure of. punching, kicking, slapping or slashing [is/are] strictly prohibited That's what I'm trying to determine. ...
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Is there a difference between “political science” and “political sciences”?

I am doing a research about research disciplines. I found it confusing and surprising that there are two ways to refer to "political science(s)" Google: "political science" returns 26 million ...
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“Are” Vs “Is” in the following sentences

I'm confused what verb would concord in the following couple of sentences: The number of students and the number of teachers are/is decreasing day by day in the school. Either a number of ...
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Why is it “gangster” rather than “gangsters”?

The suspect, along with his two younger siblings, became the most notorious gangster in the district. The suspect, along with his two younger siblings, became the most notorious gangsters ...
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Correct use of is/are in a list of pronouns [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Using “are/is” after a list with “and/or” My company's website recently received an E-mail stating there was a grammatical error in our greeting message. The sentence in ...
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Quoting prices informally

To the question, "How much does this cost?" which of the following answers is/are grammatically correct (at least informally)? Two pound forty. Two pounds forty. Two pound forty penny. ...
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Is the word multimedia redundant?

So, the correct plural form of medium is media. Of course, there are exceptions, and the words have taken on new usages (such as adding a definitive article "the" to media, making it singular), but ...
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What should be the plural of “kibbutz” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Plurals of foreign words A kibbutz is a collective community in Israel that was traditionally based on agriculture. Since this type of a settlement is unique to Israel, ...
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Boundary: single form or plural form?

I am not sure whether "boundary" should be used in single form or plural form. For example, should I say: I developed this method to define A region's boundary OR I developed this method to define ...
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“Some is controversial, and some is my opinions” — is this grammatical?

I came across the expression ... some is controversial, and some is my opinions. Is this correct? I wonder if “... some are my opinions” might be more correct.
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Plural of “the [x] of [y]”

What is the proper usage between 1) and 2)? 1) "Determine the values of the coefficients." 2) "Determine the value of the coefficients." Each coefficient has one value in this context. Similarly, ...
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Should I say “3 half days” or “3 half-days” or “3 half-day”?

Should I say "3 half days" or "3 half-days" or "3 half-day"? I mean I want to refer to, for example, the a.m. of Monday, the p.m. of Wednesday, and the a.m. of Friday, together.
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Singular or plural verb after collective noun initialism

Are companies/groups of people considered plural? What about their initialisms? I'm unsure if I should use have (plural verb) or has (singular) in the following situations: The Federal Bureau ...
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“… the top ten issues that the voting public care about” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are collective nouns always plural, or are certain ones singular? Is “staff” plural? This feels wrong to me (sounds like it should be cares) but issues is plural and in ...
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How to refer to specified 'criteria', as singular or plural? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Criteria” versus “criterion” Criteria is a word which defines collective recommendations for any entity. I was drafting an email to my client ...
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What is the plural of “ostrich”?

I've noticed that it is often "ostriches" or "ostrich" according to different sources. Does it vary by the dialect of English? Normally I'd use Google to determine something like this, but ...
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One and a half minute/minutes [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Pluralization rule for “five-year-old children”, “20 pound note”, “10 mile run” Should we use plural or singular for a fraction of a ...
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Change of Number(?) for “does” used with “this”

I just revised a program comment from: This needs to come out eventually. to Does this need to come out? In both cases "this" is functioning as a third-person, singular, demonstrative ...
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Can an “s”-form plural follow an “s”-form possessive?

This is best described via an example. I believe this might be technically correct, but sounds clumsy: You need to look through all the chemicals shelves There are multiple shelves, of type ...
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“Dad's corner” or “dads' corner”

Which is right: dad's corner or dads' corner? I see dad's corner used regularly so I am assuming that's right, but in my mind dad's is singular whereas the corner belongs to multiple dads as it's a ...
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Plural form of “Son-in-law” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Words that are pluralized in the middle? I've heard it pronounced both ways: Sons-in-law and Son-in-laws While one may be more technically correct than the ...
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“Where is” versus “where are”

Is it correct to use is rather than are in this question? Where is my mother and father? Grammatically, it should be where are my mother and father? but, for some strange reason, I think I would ...
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Conjugating verbs for nouns referring to groups of people [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is staff plural? Frequently when reading tech articles, I see sentences like "Microsoft have released ..." or "Apple have announced ...". This seems wrong to me because ...
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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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What is correct: “multiple restrike” or “multiple restrikes”? In general: should a noun after “multiple” be in singular or plural?

What is correct: "multiple restrike" or "multiple restrikes"? In general: should a noun after "multiple" be in singular or plural? (One "restrike" or more "restrikes" after each other can appear in ...
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The use of “who has” or “who have” in a sentence [duplicate]

Consider the following example: It is you who has taken the garbage out. It is you who have taken the garbage out. Does one use "has" or "have" in this sentence construction? Which of ...
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A noun that really does not have a plural [duplicate]

I recently wrote an answer about the verb agreement when using the word "some", and I needed a noun that didn't have a plural. I had a discussion about this with David M, that has been moved to this ...
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“increase”, singular or plural?

In the following sentence: Furthermore, the tools require intensity data provided by an external software which, along with possible file conversion, increases the total execution time. Should ...
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You, you two, you people and you'se [duplicate]

I understand that you'se is not considered a formal English word by the Oxford. Colloquially, many people use the word you'se all the time in common conversation. As such, there is a gap in formal ...
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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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Organisation - singular or plural? [duplicate]

In formal (not colloquial) English, is an organisation such as a sports club singular, plural, or is it discretionary? E.g. is it preferable to write "The X club WAS formed" or "The X club WERE ...
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Pluralizing a thing expressed by a quoted or hyphenated phrase, e.g. better-than-nothing or “better than nothing”

I found myself writing And so, they went on amassing better-than-nothing's. because I wanted better-than-nothing to be a kind of catchphrase, referred to in this form consistently throughout my ...
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Is destiny ever used in the plural? [closed]

Compare these two sentences: They would have had the chance of choosing their own destiny. They would have had the chance of choosing their own destinies.
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Stack of Paper vs. Stack of Papers [closed]

I question the usage of "stack of paper" vs. "stack of papers". I purchase a ream of paper, and set it on a desk. In that process, does it change from a ream of paper to a stack of papers - changing ...
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How are these plurals derived? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should a singular word ending in “y” end in “ies” plurally? Why is the plural of story, stories? Why not storys? And also, why is the plural of boy, boys, not ...
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Multiple people but a singular object?

If I am referring to one thing, but multiple people, is it "is this _ one of yours?" or "one of you all's"?
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Correct way of saying I want a list of the names of each individual entity in a group?

I'm a programmer and in a program I'm currently creating, I want to get a list of all the accounts names that can access a database. I have no idea if I'm supposed to "get account names", to "get ...
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When do you use 'monies' in plural? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Money vs Monies I have seen the plural of money, monies, used. It sounds a bit awkward but extravagant and I like the sound but not sure when it is correct to use it ...
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Correct usage of USD

I am currently writing an essay, I have to state there is a $1 million prize for something. What is the correct way of stating this amount? I have gone with "one million USD", do you think this is ...
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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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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 ...