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

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Why is 'more than one' considered singular? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “There is/are more than one”. What's the difference? As a native English speaker I do some things naturally that I am unable to explain to foreigners. ...
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Once and for all: What's the plural form of “Octopus”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Octopuses”, “octopi”, or “octo”? I've heard octopi, octopuses, octopodes, octopoids, and every time someone uses any of those, all ...
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Is the usage of “are” correct when referring to a team/group/band? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is staff plural? It always sounds wrong to me when people refer to a a proper team/group/band/etc in plural form, e.g.: Nirvana are the creators of grunge. The ...
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Which of these is correct? [duplicate]

Which of these film introductions demonstrate the correct use of English Grammar? I have used example (1), but have been taken to task for so doing. Eagle Films present Eagle Films presents ...
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Is there a correct grammatical way to state computer model number in plural form?

For example if I said - "I shipped ten Dell 360s this morning". where Dell 360 is the model number and I don't want people to get confused by the "s", how should I write this? Is it more ...
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Should “shape” be plural in “the shape and dimensions of the skyscrapers”?

In the following sentence: The great cities have been built with no regard for us. The shape and dimensions of the skyscrapers depend entirely on the necessity of obtaining the maximum income per ...
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Why the discrepancy between number and case in (some) British English?

By chance, I've heard a lot of Midlands English in the last few weeks, and have noticed this sort of disconnect: "It cost me five pound" (rather than 'pounds'); "The ball rolled ten foot" (rather than ...
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Grade vs. Grades when modifying a range [closed]

When I look on Google, I see both of these used. Singular: ... for students grade 6-12 Plural: ... for students grades 6 - 12 The plural form has significantly more results on Google and ...
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Is it true that the plural of “chad” is “chadim”?

I was busy at filing tasks today, working the hole punch and manufacturing... er... more than one chad. I consulted the Computer Contradictionary by Stan Kelly-Bootle, which is normally a reliable ...
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What is the plural of 'sorry'? [closed]

One apology --> many apologies. One good deed --> many good deeds. One sorry --> many _ ?
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Verb agreement with two nouns

'Decades of research has/have shown' -decades is plural -research is murky I'd be inclined to write 'has' Thanks in advance Drew
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Two horses - singular or plural [closed]

Is the following sentence (grammatically) correct? I've got a brown and a black horses. The sentence was meant to express the fact that I have two horses, a brown one and a black one. I am ...
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What's the plural of quantum?

As in a number of the smallest de facto units of anything you can have in the universe? Currently in the running in my mind: Quanta Quantums
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Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Awkward sounding but grammatically correct sentences? Why is the following statement valid, and how can I break it down so that it is easier to understand? Buffalo ...
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“Much feces” vs. “many feces”

I want to know which word I should use in the following sentence: How many/much feces does a human produce in one year? I found that both versions exist on the Internet. Any help would be ...
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Correct usage of lbs. as in “pounds” of weight

What is the correct way to say: "All items over 5 lbs. are excluded." I'm specifically asking about "lbs." or is it "lb."? American English if it matters. Also is "5lbs." ever correct? Or is it "5 ...
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Was/were exception rule [closed]

My kid's English teacher is teaching that there is exception in use of was/were "WAS she and her sister at the zoo?" is right. "WERE she and her sister at the zoo?" is wrong. AFAIK "She and her ...
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How do I pluralize Italian foods, like pasta noodles (spaghetti, macaroni)? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Was the usage “Spaghetti were” ever acceptable or common? What does Maugham mean by “his spaghetti were”? Is it proper to say spaghettis for ...
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Should I use the singular or plural here?

The following two phrases MS Word marks as wrong, whereas I think they are correct; but I would like feedback to be sure. Microsoft and Cisco are both designing ... MS Word suggests changing ...
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One has to cook himself or themself? [on hold]

Wanted to know which form is better and why One has to cook himself? OR One has to cook themself?
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Why is “shrimp” the plural of “shrimp”? [closed]

When you talk about "shrimp" in the plural, there's no "s." However, how can you explain it grammatically?
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“A lot of people, especially this one psychoanalyst […], keeps asking”

In the last chapter of The Catcher in The Rye: A lot of people, especially this one psychoanalyst guy they have here, keeps asking me if I'm going apply myself when I go back to school next ...
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Why can't I say “I have a brown hair”?

Why can't I say, "I have a brown hair," to describe the colour of my hair?
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Why can't we say “informations”? [closed]

Why we can't put the word information in the plural form? "Give me all the informations you've got", even if it's wrong, sounds more beautiful to my non-native ear than "give me all the information ...
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How should pluralised inline code be highlighted? [duplicate]

I'm not really sure if this would be better suited over on SE's user experience site, but here goes: Say I'm writing a blog post or, even better, a question on one of the various SE sites. My example ...
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Using plural for two individual objects of the same kind

Assume Einstein conjectured something (in Mathematics) and Zweistein conjectured something slightly stronger (implies Einstein's conjecture). Which one of the following is correct?: (a) Every X ...
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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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My family *is* or My family *are*? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are collective nouns always plural, or are certain ones singular? Which is correct: The rest of the staff is or are? The rest of my family is or are? I've done a bit ...
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Is it correct to say “What's the best search tools in windows?”

I saw a question in superuser.com, and the title ran: What’s the fastest desktop search tools you’ve used on Windows? It uses 's with tools, is this correct? Or should it be What's the best tool ...
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Ambiguous plurality (“One or more items was/were skipped”) [duplicate]

Given a sentence in this format, which would be correct? One or more items was skipped. One or more items were skipped. I'm leaning towards the latter, but maybe it doesn't matter? (Hey, ...
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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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Is “an assortment” singular?

Is "an assortment of [something plural]" singular or plural? Removing the [something plural] makes the answer easier: An assortment was here. makes more sense than An assortment were ...
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“The Japanese are a hard-working people.” Is this grammatically correct?

I came across this statement. Is this correct? I am specifically confused at the part where "a" comes after "are".
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What is the correct plural form for multiple bachelor degrees? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the correct way to pluralize an acronym? I am helping a former intern ready their resume for distribution. The candidate used an abbreviation I was unfamiliar ...
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If “it is a good read” is correct, is “they are good reads” grammatically correct?

I can describe a book as "a good read." But can I describe a number of books as "good reads?"
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Why “magnetic properties”? [closed]

Why do we talk about a material or metal having magnetic properties (as opposed to having a magnetic property)?
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'makes' or 'make' for this sentence [closed]

Which sentence is grammatically correct? What are the elements in the poem that make it joyful. or What are the elements in the poem that makes it joyful.
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Plural of “a stone's throw away”?

A stone's throw is described as approximately 20 to 25 feet. Does it make sense to describe double that distance as "two stones throws away" or would I have to use some other unit? See also this ...
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What is the appropriate question tag for sentences such as “Neither of you is…”?

Neither of you is going to the show tonight, ____? Should it be isn't he/she? I think the fact that neither of you takes the third-person singular verb is means that a third-person question tag ought ...
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“Each” vs. “both”

I have this sentence: Each of the datasets HapMap 6 and CEU HapMap 610 is stored in two schemas. Background: a schema is a namespace within a database. Possible variations include: [Each ...
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Is single usage of “personality” in “Multiple Personality” jargon or correct English?

Should not the "personality" have been pluralized in "Multiple Personality Disorder"? Is the single usage of "personality" with prepending "multiple" a professional jargon or it is the correct ...
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How do you show possession with the word “year” (“year's” vs.“years”)?

So, I develop for a company that does workplace-surveys. And one of our report-formats has just been translated into English. And with it a description on how to read the reports. This description ...
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Is “statistics” singular or plural?

Statistics shows that people are having fewer children these days! Statistics show that people are having fewer children these days! Which one is grammatical?
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What is the plural of 'flux'?

I have mostly seen "fluxes" but I could not find a definitive answer in some dictionary. As it come from the French, I am enclined to think it is "flux" in the plural though. Edit : I am talking ...
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Subject–verb agreement not clear in “Is two bars OK?”

Is the following correct? Can I get some chocolate for myself? Yes, you can but not much. Is two bars OK? Is there any rule to explain the sentence above? The dialogue's taken from Grammar ...
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“This paper, combined with some glue” — singular or plural?

If I have an item, combined with another item, is it still a singular subject in the sentence? For example: This paper, combined with some glue, makes for an afternoon of art projects. This ...
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When to use conclusion and conclusions in a scientific article or report?

I am writing a scientific report in English. For the final part, should I use conclusion or conclusions? I am a bit confused because in my memory it's an uncountable noun. But I saw many journal ...
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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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Verb agreement of “heaps”/“lots”: uncountable nouns

I am a non-native English speaker and I recently started noticing that most people do not do the correct agreement of the verb with the noun when saying "there is"/"there was"/"here is". They say, for ...
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Is “fireworks” singular or plural?

As I understand, when referring to a single concept, one would use "ham and cheese is", but "fruit and nuts are". Now, can one have a single firework, or is/are fireworks simultaneously singular and ...