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Use is or are with the plural “statistics”? [duplicate]

I have the following sentence: "Statistics is my passion and I am always eager to accept new challenges" I am not sure about the statistics and the is. Is this correct? Because statistics is ...
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Anglicized plural and zero plural

What is the difference between "anglicized plural" and "zero plural"? I found those terms used in http://www.onlinegrammar.com.au/plural-of-status/ which says, What is the correct plural of ...
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“Any question” versus “any questions” [closed]

What is the proper use of question versus questions. For example, "Please call me with any question (or questions) you may have." My boss and I are having an argument over this.
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“The best (and one of very few) website[s]”

Stack Exchange is the best (and one of very few useful) question-and-answer websites in the world. In this statement, should it be website (where "best" overrules "one of very few") or websites ...
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“Table of Contents” vs. “Table of Content”

If I ask an English speaker to spell out TOC, I would expect it to be "Table of Contents" with an 's'. But I not much but sometimes do see "Table of Content" without an 's' in some books. Is this ...
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Use of plural of “breakfast”

I found myself discussing the eating activity of my cats with... my cats. Anyway, I said to them "Huh, you two didn't eat your breakfasts!" At this point, I paused, realizing that sounded very odd to ...
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“Inspection of A and B is/are already done”

My friend wrote: Inspection of Indian Embassy and Bangladesh Embassy is already done. Rest of the inspection is expected soon! I think the first sentence is ungrammatical, the is must be an are ...
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Using the singular form of the word “subject” in a sentence

I was told today that the following sentence was incorrect because the noun "subject" is countable and therefore should have been put in the plural. "I have to change subject every time." However, I ...
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Has “as-is” plural form? [duplicate]

I wanted to shorten a sentence: "Let the procedures leave in their original state." I wrote "Let the procedures leave as-is." Is it correct or I had to use "Let the procedures leave as-are." Has the ...
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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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Referring to a plural noun as singular?

I came across this sentence online: C extensions are a big part of the Ruby ecosystem. Now, the word "C extensions" is the subject of the sentence and it's in plural form. The writer wants to ...
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Plural of “first child”

If multiple people each have a first child, are those children collectively referred to as first children or first childs? The former seems more consistent with the usual plural of child, but the ...
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The Company is/are conundrum [duplicate]

With the imminent release of Elite: Dangerous, I'm an avid reader of various threads on the official forums, and reddit. This thread popped up on my radar (I am Fiennes), and I believe that I ...
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What is the best time / are the best times for a meeting?

I'm about to arrange a meeting with a person. I have a feeling that when I say "What is the best time for a meeting?", I'm sort of forcing them to come up with one option only. I'd like to show them ...
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What is the plural of 'only child'?

I suppose it would be 'only children' but that does not sound quite right. For example, a schoolteacher might say, "in my class there are seven only children".
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“Hidden layer sizes” vs “Hidden layers sizes” [duplicate]

I am writing a neural network application. In this application, a neural network can have one or more hidden layers, which can have different sizes (neuron counts). Which label would be correct: ...
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“Effort has been made” or “Efforts have been made” [closed]

I want to say During the past years, effort(s) has been made to ... Since the scenario is that there are many groups of people involved, I am not sure which one I should use.
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“0.4 miles away” or “0.4 mile away” [duplicate]

Is it "0.4 miles away" or "0.4 mile away"? My intuition tells the first form is correct, but a colleague isn't convinced.
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is this the correct form of the usage each and every? [duplicate]

Each day I arrive at work it usually is the same routine. Every funeral home is organized the same.
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Shoud I use singular or plural for this sentence? [duplicate]

"I touched their forehead[s] with my fingertip." I'm not certaint whether or not forehead in this example should be singular or plural. There's a group of people, so obviously, multiple foreheads are ...
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Is it “Foreign Language Department” or “Foreign LanguageS Department”?

I searched the Internet and found some universities use the former and some latter. Can't professors agree at one? Or when the former is used, only one foreign language is taught?
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Over half our board and staff [are/is] people of color? [duplicate]

I'm under the impression that the correct verb to use is "are," but my colleagues believe it to be "is." And what about just: "over half our board [are/is] people of color" ? Another case: "over ...
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Irregular plurals in noun adjuncts

Several psycholinguists1,2 have observed that English speakers do not use regular plurals in compounds, even when the noun refers to more than one instance (dog-catcher, *dogs-catcher), but do use ...
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What is the name for a single item of hundreds and thousands

I was wondering what the singular term for hundreds and thousands was. I believe in the United States these are referred to as sprinkles and a sprinkle makes sense in this case. However a hundred and ...
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“There is the people” vs “there are the people” [duplicate]

So, we got in a discussion with a friend about it. The whole sentence he mention was: There is the people with standards and the people who have fun. By now we are pretty certain it should be ...
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how to write something of something and something

I'm confused whether should I use plural when writing something of something and something. For example: the dataset of A and B (A and B are the names of the dataset). Should I use plural for ...
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Multiple kinds of non-plural items in a parallel list

OK, I was recently asked a question by a foreign friend on an English sentence that they created. Mixing and matching all kinds of vegetables, seafood, and meat, some of my newly added dishes are ...
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Remarks or Remark?

I am confused between these two words. Is remarks plural of remark ? My client has a form in his website for capturing enquiries. Client has asked me to put remarks/remark field (a multiline ...
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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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“many particle system” or “many particles system”

In Physics it is common to refer to a "many particle system". Should we not say "many particles system"?
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Weekend vs Weekends for multiple people?

In a phrase like "The meeting Friday has been canceled and I hope you all enjoy your weekend(s)" which is correct? Should weekend be singular since there is only one weekend being referred to or ...
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“There is” vs “there are”?

I wrote an essay and returned it to my teacher who told me that it was perfect except for that one mistake with the usage of there are: There are currently 192 218 546 ways to set up..." She ...
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Why do we say “You are” when you is singular instead of “You is”? [duplicate]

The title really says it all. Since "you" can be singular or plural, why don't we say, "You is" when using "you" as singular? We say "he is" or "they are". Why is it different?
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Which form should be used for an “adjective noun”: singular, plural, possessive?

When should a noun acting as an adjective be plural, and when should it be singular? And when should it be possessive, like baker's dozen and when should it be plural possessive, like farmers' market? ...
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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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Holidays or holiday?

I'm getting confused on the usage of the words, holiday and holidays. When I want to say that I had a good holiday (or is it good holidays!?) with my family in Melbourne for 5 days, should I say: ...
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Subject-Verb Agreement with “Who” [duplicate]

Which one is correct? He is one of the boys who play football. He is one of the boys who plays football. Please state the reason as well.
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How to bring singular and plural conditions under a single sentence?

I am doing a sentence like the below. "He may undergo a scan,(or scans). The resulting image/images will be examined by the doctor." I am thinking of this one. "He may undergo a group of scans. The ...
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Why are these words ungrammatical

I can't find the reason why : riceful and antful are ungrammatical. Can someone help me? Thanks
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When listing the ingredients of a meal, should a group of a one-half onion's chopped pieces be referred to as “chopped onion” or “chopped onions”?

Example: Pico de gallo: onion, tomato, and cilantro or onions, tomatoes, and cilantro when one or less onion and one or less tomato has been chopped for use in the recipe.
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Is 'people' plural? [closed]

Which one is correct? A lot of people in South East Asia speak 3 languages A lot of people in South East Asia speaks 3 languages?
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Countable ingredient pluralization for English cookbooks

The rule for countable ingredient pluralization appears to be: If more than one countable ingredient is necessary to fill the required amount, then the ingredient is pluralized. For example: 2 ...
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Capitalization: 'rivers'

In the following sentence, is rivers capitalized or not? The Delaware and Potomac rivers are beautiful.
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When is a subject considered plural? [duplicate]

I'm unsure when a subject is considered plural, and when not. Especially here: Williams aim to win at the next race. Here, Williams is a team, and I have always through this is considered plural, ...
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Streets or Street?

When writing and address as the corner of two streets, do I use singular or plural for "street"? As an example, should it be "the corner of Grafton and Spence Street", or "the corner of Grafton and ...
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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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Would “Human Resources are excited or is excited” correct? [duplicate]

Would "Human Resources are excited or is excited" be correct?
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Some + Countable Noun: True Only When Plural?

Assume there are multiple books on a shelf. At least one book is red. At least one book is blue. Sentence in dispute: Some of the books are red. Is this sentence false if only one book is red? ...
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Do people pluralize “WiFi” with an “s”?

I'm in a friendly argument with a supervisor about this one, and I'd like some data: Does one say "WiFis" when referring to multiple WiFi networks, or does one say "WiFi"? I suppose alternately, one ...
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How to deal with parallel structure where the plurality of the nouns changes?

This is the intent of what I want to get across: You are participating in a discussion with the moderators and as a moderator. I want to emphasize in particular that he is not only speaking with ...