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Pluralising 'Red Kite'

Is the following grammatically correct? An area frequented by red kite and skylarks It would appear to be incorrect as red kite should be pluralised to red kites, however this sounds wrong to my ...
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What is the plural form of “doubt”? [closed]

"If you have any doubt", let me know." "If you have any doubts, let me know." Both sound correct. Are there any subtle differences in meaning?
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“Diameter is” versus “Diameters are” [closed]

Which one is correct? In [7] the diameter of Cayley graphs on Sn is calculated. In [7] the diameters of Cayley graphs on Sn are calculated.
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The plural form of: One's life work [closed]

I'm editing an essay about the two founders of a software company, and there is a sentence that currently reads: They have made it their live's work..." This looks and feels wrong, but I'm ...
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“Among his team” or “among his team members”

Would it be correct to say "to disсuss among his team"? Can we use "among" with collective noun (team, group, committee, etc) if they are in singular form? Or "among" always must be followed by plural ...
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Using sentence subject to decide between “is” and “are” [closed]

I thought I had it figured out but then I got confused again. When sending an e-mail in response to a job posting, if the e-mail has attached to it a single copy of your cover letter and single copy ...
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Singular followed by plural list [closed]

Which is correct? Equipment is gloves and glasses. Equipment are gloves and glasses. I'm editing a book, and this translation I'm working with has been confirmed by the client, so terms cannot be ...
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When expressing a class of things, should I use a singular or a plural form?

When referring to a class of things, especially countable things, I am always confused about singular noun and plural nouns. For example: Dogs are the most lovely animal in the world. and ...
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Data is or data are? [duplicate]

I know that 'data' is technically the plural of 'datum' but when used in a sentence is it correct to say "Data is ..." or "Data are ..."? Are both valid or is only one correct?
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Negation of a chain of verbs conjoined with “and”

Let's consider the following sentence: Ducks are things that walk like ducks and quack like ducks. Now, I wanna negate it to describe something that is not a duck. The most verbose way to do it ...
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“Feature Tour” vs “Features Tour” [duplicate]

Documentation for a piece of software will often include a tour of its features. Sometimes this is called "Feature Tour", and sometimes "Features Tour". From querying web search engines, it would seem ...
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Plural of Ethos

What is the plural form of ethos? I have always thought it was "ethoi".I think this fully describes the problem but if it doesn't then do not pose it.
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singular or plural nouns? [closed]

I am not sure about the following sentences: I don't know any native speaker. I don't know any native speakers. I don't think any native speaker would say that I don't think any native speakers ...
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“Terms dictionary” or “Term dictionary”

On the one side a dictionary contains many terms, on the other one a dictionary is a single book (or website, whatever). I am not sure which form is correct Maybe I should not use "Term" instead of ...
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Is this correct? “One of the things that makes him great is…”

One of the things that makes him great is he brings it every night. I'm pretty sure it should be that make him in the plural, because one of the things is referring to a lot of things and a lot ...
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When should I write take any chance in plural form?

I came across a shop selling the fruit jam that my sister had been looking for. But the fruit jam came in apple and peach flavours, I was not very sure which one my sister liked better, so I decided ...
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“Cabbage and beets together sounds good.” or “Cabbage and beets together sound good.”

Cabbage and beets is not a single dish. Does the word 'together' make the subject singular?
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English is or are [duplicate]

Which is correct? There are a million excuses, but none of them is very good. There are a million excuses, but none of them are very good.
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What is the plural of “Starbucks”?

I was travelling, and I was standing in a spot where I could see three Starbucks shops. Rather than thinking "North American cultural imperialism", my brain had a melt down over what the plural of ...
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“Sally's and Mike's bikes” or “Sally and Mike's bikes”? [duplicate]

The title really says it all. When there are two subjects in the possessive, what do we do? If "Sally's and Mike's bikes" is correct, isn't this ambiguous? (As the phrase could either be referring to ...
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Plurality of phrases describing categories of objects

When talking about a specific category of objects, does it make more sense to attach plurality to the label of the category, as in: Dogs are in the kingdom of animals, which also include cats. ...
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suburb to city?

The following sentence is taken from Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary: Today most commutes were not suburb to city but from one suburb to another. What interests me is the use of un-inflected ...
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Singular or plural for multiple subjects? [duplicate]

Which is more correct to say: Five and four are eight Five and four is eight My Logic teacher has sent this to us to figure out. What is written above is all the information we were given. I ...
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Can “masters” (plural) be used to refer to a single entity?

I was perusing the forums of a video game I play. I began reading a thread about the lore of the game, because a few things lore-wise are left pretty vague. Two individuals got into an argument about ...
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Is this compound noun compose of a group of many things plural or singular? [duplicate]

In the following sentence, I'm not sure whether the noun should be considered plural or singular? A grid pattern of streets (Main, Elm, First) are shown. Or: A grid pattern of streets (Main, ...
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Why is 'offices' pluralised in the definition for 'A service'?

Caution: Please beware that this question doesN'T duplicate my other more especial one that's confined to the set expresion 'good offices'. 3. (usually offices) {noun} = A service done for another ...
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Thesis name (singular vs. plural)

I need to choose a name for my masters thesis (computer science degree). My current name proposal is following: Computer Vision Application in a Driver Assistance System What I am not sure of is ...
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Correct usage: fields of A and B vs fields of A and of B?

I am writing about a scientific article which treats a question on the borderline between two distinctly different research areas, A and B. I need a phrase saying "The work belongs to the field of A ...
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What is the plural form of 'apocalypse'?

It was asked facetiously on the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer years ago, but surprisingly I have been unable to find a definitive answer on any of the common reference sites (such as ...
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Plural magazine title = plural verb? [duplicate]

If the title of the magazine is plural, eg "Reflections", "Homes and Gardens" - should I write: "Reflections" explore the issue ... or: "Reflections" explores the issue... Is a singular or plural ...
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Difference between “Numbers analysis” and “number analysis”

The company I work for offers an analysis of a business’s financials. We'd love to call it either of “numbers analysis” or “number analysis”, whichever is grammatically correct!
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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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How to write correctly chains of nouns with plurals like “Messages List” and “Apple Count” for IT

Especially in IT it is often neccessary to write chains of nouns like "Messages List" because one cannot use "The list of messages" for variable name in a programming language. I can't understand how ...
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Equivalent of using (s) to indicate possible plural for words using “ies” for plural? [duplicate]

If I want to write how many of something I have that uses "s" to indicate plural, I can use (s), as in "Joe had X apple(s)". But say I want to write something like "The report contains 2 entries" or ...
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What to use plural or singular in 'document(s) repository'?

What is the correct way to name 'storage of documents' with usage of 'repository' and 'document' words? Which one is correct: document repository documents repository Why?
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Can I use the plural form when stating the possession of just one item?

If I want to say I have something without emphasis on the quantity, are both of these sentences ok? I have an apple. I have apples. (I may just have one apple.)
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What's the plural of “picking up”?

I'm writing in the context of ice skating. This is the sentence I wish to construct: There will be many falls, but serious injuries are rare, and picking ups are easy. "picking up" is the ...
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Usage of double plural

Here we have the plural in the end: "communication technology services" Here we have two plurals(quite common in google): "communications technology services" Eventually, we could have three ...
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Why is “I believe in woman” ok? Or isn't it? (from Slade's “My Oh My”)

This first line of the song is I believe in woman, my oh my. I'm not a native speaker, but that sounds odd to me. I'd either expect women (I believe in women [in general]) or some kind of determiner ...
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Why must 'offices' be pluralised in 'good offices'? [closed]

Source: p 529, Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 119 Temple's reply was prompt aud generous. Swift was forthwith ordained, and presented by Lord Capel, the then Lord-Deputy (we are ...
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Compound subject or not? Plural or singular verb?

Is give or gives correct in the following sentence: Substantial experience combined with my programming skills give(s) me the expertise needed to complete the job efficiently. Is "combined ...
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Everybody/everything/everyone is/are? Is there any pattern for it? [duplicate]

Everybody is/are? In there any pattern for it? Are they plural or singular
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Is the following: “The people of USA has…” correct? [duplicate]

I know that the word "people" can be singular to refer to a specific unit, be they nationality, ethnic, or tribe. With that being said, is it correct if I write in my essay: The people of USA has ...
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“The damage to the heart and liver are permanent”: why plural?

In episode 11 of season 5 on House M.D. Dr. Cuddy says to the patient: The damage to the heart and liver are permanent. Is it correct? Shouldn't it be is permanent since it refers to the word ...
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Is or are usage in a particular sentence [duplicate]

The number of sticks is/are are 30. Which one is correct?
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Singular or plural in “between the 17ᵗʰ and the early 20ᵗʰ century/centuries”?

Which is correct in the following sentence, century or centuries? [. . .] courtship gifts common in Sweden and other Scandinavian countries between the 17ᵗʰ and early 20ᵗʰ century.
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…the probability of flipping exactly one head[s] and three tails

I've encountered the following math question: Four fair coins are tossed at the same time. What is the possibility that the four coins will come up with only one head and three tails. Besides ...
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A battery of tests is/are

This is from a recent article: He was rushed to the hospital immediately and a battery of tests was conducted. Now shouldn't it be He was rushed to the hospital immediately and a battery ...
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Member's Price or Members Price or Member Price [duplicate]

I have a members only website. I want to place a price tag for "Members Price" is that correct or Member Price. It refers to the price a member pays.
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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 ...