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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 ...
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When refering to 2 people, do you use “have” or “has”? [duplicate]

Example - If you or Theresa has time, let me know. If you or Theresa have time, let me know. Which one is correct?
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Which is it: “1½ years old” or “1½ year old”? [duplicate]

1½ is not yet 2 or more, so which do we properly say: "1½ years old" or "1½ year old"?
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Should directories be named in singular or plural? [closed]

I'm trying to be consistent in my system with some logic to name a directory either singular or plural. Examples of directory names document(s) language(s) apple(s) The way I see it now is: ...
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Using possessive apostrophe with “or” [closed]

I've seen this addressed a lot with "and", but not with "or". In the three following sentences: It isn't John's or Mary's fault. It isn't John or Mary's fault. It isn't John's or Mary's ...
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Is “to one of the most genuine people I know” correct? [duplicate]

I am confused if I should use persons or people. Persons sounds weird to me.
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it's vs their (country) [duplicate]

What is correct? Australia constantly improves its roads. Australia constantly improve their roads. Australia constantly improves their roads. Thank you!
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What is the head noun in 'the number of' phrases?

What is the head noun in the noun phrase 'the number of koalas'? My concern is with the non-defining relative clause and the assignment of 'which' to one of the nouns in the NP. My sentences read: ...
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Why are we using 'are' for plural? [closed]

For example: He is eating.They are eating. Why we won't say "They is eating". I think 'are' is not communicating anything additional.Why such a grammatical rule evolved?
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Singular possessive apostrophe for name ending in “s” [duplicate]

Creating some copy and want to make sure singular possessive name is correct... If I have a name of an animal, Jaws, would correct grammar be, Jaws' Laws?
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Do you use the plural or singular when asking for a comparison?

On a web page form the following question is asked: "Are your business and home address the same?*" Is this correct? I am often wrong about stuff like this but shouldn't it be: "Are your business ...
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Our hope and prayer is/are? [duplicate]

I have always said, "Our hope and prayer is..." but was recently corrected by my husband and told that the correct grammar would be, "Our hope and prayer are...". Which one is correct?
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Is there any noun in English which changes the first letter in the plural?

Plenty of nouns change the second letter to become plural (man->men, goose->geese) but does anything change its first letter. I've hunted high and low over the internet, and spent ages browsing the ...
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Plural of “dibamus” [closed]

Dibamus is a genus of legless lizards in the family Dibamidae, of the infraorder Dibamia. Genera are usually given in singular, so what is the correct plural of Dibamus? Families and orders are ...
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Should the possessed be singular or plural in this case?

"... making the life of millions of people happier ..." or "... making the lives of millions of people happier ..." The first one could be interpreted as "every person lives one single joint life", ...
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plural or singular in this sentence

The product and the scale have changed from a small prototype to many production units. The product along with the scale has changed from a small prototype to many production units. Can ...
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“Population”. Is it plural or singular? [duplicate]

For example, should I say: The target population was selected ... OR The target population were selected ... (please ignore passive voice issue)
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Their likes Vs. their ilk

E.g: I can't trust the likes of these politicians. I can't trust these politicians and their ilk. Why is it incorrect to say *like instead of likes or *ilks instead of ilk? Also, does like derive ...
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Grammatical number for nouns, separated by 'or', in an interrogative?

Let S denote a singular noun and P a plural. Then in an interrogative, how do you determine the verb's grammatical number? I recollect that I read a claim, possibly on ELU, that in a declarative ...
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Is a number range always plural?

If I were to say "2-3 weeks" it seems clear that weeks should be plural. Are there any cases where a number range would not be plural (e.g. 0-1 week or 0-1 weeks)? Would it matter if the usage was ...
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Plural or singular noun when it refers to two things in a list

I wonder which of the two is correct: I have a red and a blue car. I have a red and a blue cars. or Everyone has a left and a right arms. Everyone has a left and a right arm. ...
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Which one is correct for the usage of “s” suffix for multiple name exposition word case?

Assumed A, B, and C are book name, which one of the following sentence is correct for the usage of "s" suffix in "book" word? Are the A, B, and C books inside the box? Are the A, B, and C book ...
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“I am looking for soaps” or “I am looking for soap” - which one is better?

I think that if I want to ask for something or discuss something an ”s” is needed at the end of a noun, but I don’t know why a singular noun is not sufficient? Every time I have asked a shop ...
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When should I write “some stratagems” and when “some stratagem”?

Instances of "some stratagems": 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 Instances of "some stratagem": 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 Is "stratagem" plural noun itself? (like phenomena) If so, is it possible to use "s" to make it plural ...
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Just a thought: “a lot of water” --> plural? [duplicate]

Can we label the phrase "a lot of water" as the pluralized form of "water"? "a lot of" = expresses that something has a large amount plural = more than one in number But since we still cannot count ...
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woman vs women plurality

I hope this is not ridiculous to ask (and I will try to focus on a question, rather than discussion) but have I missed something regarding the use of the word women to refer to a single person? I have ...
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Conditional: More than 1 [duplicate]

The stoplight turns green if there (is/are) more than 1 car(s) waiting I'm having a bit of trouble figuring out the above statement. Which configuration is correct? This is odd, as I'm a native ...
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singular plural and word order [duplicate]

Good morning! "The main cause appears to be the gases we are releasing." I have two questions: - Shouldn't it be "appear to be" since we are talking about the gases (plural). - Is the word order ...
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How many kinds are one? [duplicate]

Is "kind", as a noun, singular, or plural? People nearly always say "these/those kind of (things)" rather than "this/that kind of (things)" makes more sense.
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Grammar question: firm or firms?

I came across this while checking on some sports news: The team will be officially on the market next week, according to a league source. The Hawks have retained investment banking firm Goldman Sachs ...
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Just Governments and Bare Plural

In high school debate, we have resolutions or topics. This year, our topic is, "Just governments ought to require employers to provide a living wage." In order to form arguments, debaters have to ...
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Is percent singular or plural?

I’m writing a dissertation on network security. I’m unsure which of the following to use: ...89.9%, which is 57 million users. ...89.9%, which are 57 million users. Technically it should be are ...
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Pluralizing Noun Phrase?

Question regarding plurals: Let's say I own a restaurant, and each day I feature two new soups. Are these soups called soups of the day? or soup of the days? Then, let us say my restaurant only ...
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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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The hidden flaw in “singular they”—what to do about reflexive pronouns?

We have a highly regarded answer by nohat to a question about gender-neutral pronouns, in which he points to the "singular they" and its long history of use in English. (Note that he also advises ...