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

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Letter E as indication of plural

There is something that is puzzling me: how does etymology explains why the letter E has became a representative of plural? Tooth - Teeth Foot - Feet Man - Men Woman - Women Goose - Geese I ...
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“Time” versus “Time”: When is time plural?

I have difficulty in using time and times correctly. I understand that times may be used for some idiomatic purposes such as "at all times" or "of all times" or "some times", although sometimes it ...
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Criteria is plural, of course, but

I know that criteria is plural, but I am trying to explain a situation in which possibly the set of criterion should be considered singular. In this situation, the set of criterion, called Criteria ...
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Is there a situation where an accepted uninflected plural variant is not available?

When would you use fishes instead of fish? The same goes for fruits and any other word where a different plural form exists but the singular is most commonly used for plural. I am looking for a ...
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Struggling with Plural/Singular?

Which of the following is a grammatically correct statement? The value of cars depreciate over time. The values of cars depreciate over time. The value of cars depreciates over time. Thanks!
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Questions Regarding ‘Their' [closed]

I have some sentences and I’m not sure which ones are correct and which ones are not. They have their phones in their hands. They have their phone in their hands. They have their phone in their ...
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Plural form of abbreviation ending with “s” [duplicate]

I am wondering how can We pluralize the abbreviation "TS" (Training Sequence)? Is it " TSes" or "TS's", I think It can't be "TSs"
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Proper grammar for plural possession including myself? [duplicate]

I know that when referring to myself and a friend, it is proper to say "John and I", as opposed to "me and John". But when referring to ownership, I can't figure out whether this still applies. For ...
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Is “their futures” acceptable?

Is the following phrase grammatically correct? I am confused about the position of the adverb successfully and if the term future can be pluralized. . . . successfully prepare all students for ...
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Is it “set A or B” or “sets A or B”?

Here is my sentence: The report further identifies two partial sets, which are not in themselves default sets but which one can—wholly or partly—combine with default sets A or B, or ...
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sewer or sewers

I was playing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the NES when I stopped to ponder; when in a place full of sewage, am I in the sewer or am I in the sewers? Mayhaps both? Also on further use of the root ...
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What are the plural forms of the words “octopus” and “platypus”? [duplicate]

I've seen "octopuses" and "platypuses", respectively, but I've also seen "octopi" and"platypi". Which is correct, and why?
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“Who has” or “Who have” when referring to a collection of people in a department [duplicate]

I have spoken with Education Unit who has requested a contract. I have spoken with Education Unit who have requested a contract. Which of the above is most acceptable in British English?
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Hoard of bugs was/were squashed? [duplicate]

Is hoard of bugs to be treated as singular or plural? ...and what we mean by that is that a hoard of bugs were squashed relentlessly in this release ...and what we mean by that is that a ...
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horde or hordes [closed]

When should I say "a horde" and when should I say "hordes"? Would "hordes of brain-hungry zombies" be more zombies than "a horde of brain hungry zombies"? Or is one of these options incorrect? Is it ...
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Plural modifying noun

Where can I learn about the English rules for noun phrases in which a modifying noun is semantically plural? We say "Horse trainer," not "horses trainer", even though there is usually more than one ...
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Can “thing” refer to a group (plural)?

Consider the following sentence: People are the most valuable thing a computer has ever encountered. Since "people" is plural, should I use "things" instead of "thing"?
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The topic is/are smart homes [duplicate]

What is correct? 1.) The topic is smart homes. 2.) The topic are smart homes. Regarding 1.) It sounds wrong for me, but in my opinion grammatically correct. Regarding 2.) It sound right, but ...
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On the grounds that [closed]

Which is correct: "on the grounds that" or "on the ground that" if only one 'ground' is given?
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is “modus operandi” singular or plural?

Is the phrase (as used in English) "modus operandi" singular or plural? And if the former, what is its plural form [or vice versa]? (To my untutored eye, "modus" seems to be a singular form, while ...
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What is the plural of “corpus callosum”?

The Latin "corpus callosum" is also the common English name for a bundle of nerve fibers that connect the hemispheres of the cerebrum. Should the plural be the odd-sounding "corpa callosa" or the ...
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Three hours ( or three thousand pounds ) is or are? [duplicate]

When can three hours or three thousand pounds be considered singular and plural ? e.g. Three hours ( is - are ) a long period to wait for you. e.g. Three thousand pounds ( was - were ) collected for ...
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Singular noun + “or” + plural noun as a single unit

In a technical book, I have stumbled upon the following sentence: Here, resource-specification is a statement or statements that declares and initializes a resource. I'm a bit confused about how ...
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Can a (compound) adjective stand for a plural noun?

Does the following sentence make sense? Computers take key role at the two middle stages of the previously-listed. (Previously a process has been discussed with six different stages, so ...
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Is “are an” grammatically correct? [duplicate]

When I first learn about the present form of 'be', I was told that: Use 'are' with plural noun. And when I first studies articles, I was told that: Use 'a' / 'an' with single noun. So I ...
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Should I use Singular or Plural for “Donor(s) List”? [duplicate]

To be recognized in the Saddle River Donors List and help the Saddle River community, please include your tax free donation: Should it be Donors or Donor?
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Plurals for multiplied units

Physical quantities often have units, and some units are formed by multiplying or dividing other units. For example, the unit for momentum is kg m s-1 and the unit for impulse is N s. The question ...
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Was/were plural [duplicate]

Trying to write a report for my work, I know that if I reconstructed this sentence it would be "were", but with the way it is written now, which way would be right? There was a total of 652 ...
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Why are plural pronouns used for a singular third person? [duplicate]

My initial concept was: One should finish one's meal. When a user logs in to his/her email... A person bought a cake for his/her work. However, in the recent (8-10) years, I have been ...
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Need a single word for - Opportunity and Opportunities [duplicate]

I need a single word to represent both singular and plural form of the word "Opportunity". Usually we represent such words in the following fashion: Bottle(s). But I don't think Opportunity(s) would ...
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Is this grammatically correct? “More often than not, I work on teams where I share a pool of work with other colleagues”

"More often than not, I work on teams where I share a pool of work with other colleagues." Is "where" the correct conjunction? Is it correct to use "teams" (plural) in former part of the sentence ...
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“The answer[s] to big problems…” - plural or singular? [closed]

The answer to big problems is always small solutions. or The answers to big problems are always small solutions. I believe these are both correct grammatically, but the singular ("is") ...
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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.