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

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Should I say 'for all sets of tasks' or 'for all sets of task'?

In general, should it read either as: all sets that are collections of individual tasks or all sets of a task kind ? In the first case I would expect 'task' to be plural, in the second case I ...
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Should objects be singular or plural in percentage statistics?

I work in marketing, so I often see stats that reference smartphone penetration/usage. Which of the following is correct? I've seen both. 65% frequently check items on their phone while in-store ...
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When does a plural end in 'es' instead of 'i'? [duplicate]

Take, for example, 'ignoramuses' instead of 'ignoramae', or 'cacti' over 'cactuses'? In which cases does the plural end in 'es' instead of 'ae'? Can it be either one for any given case? Why?
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Types of numbers

I know of four types of numbers: -cardinal (e.g. one, 5, ninteen) -ordinal (e.g. 1st, second, 23rd) -nominal (e.g. player 5, zip code: 87558)(i.e used define a term rather than give a ...
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Should I use a plural “ 's ”? [duplicate]

If I'm writing something like "I know my ABC's" is it appropriate to use the apostrophe, or should I write "...ABCs"?
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Can I use the word vacua when referring to multiple vacuum cleaners?

The word vacua is a plural of the word vacuum, one definition of which is a vacuum cleaner. While I imagine that the plural vacua is usually reserved for referring to multiple spaces devoid of matter, ...
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How to write the following sentence correctly: “The seventh month of pregnancy is 24th-28th weeks”? [closed]

"The seventh month of pregnancy is 24th-28th weeks." - is it correct at all? Or should I write "The seventh months of pregnancy in weeks is 24th to 28th week"? Or maybe "The seventh month of pregnancy ...
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Can reinforcement and reinforcements ever be interchangeable?

Example: The general became frustrated when all of his requests for reinforcement(s) remained unanswered. Example 2: The architect realized he needed better reinforcement(s) for the bridge. Example ...
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Expresssing the number of objects

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? G is generated by 2k+t number of 7-cycles. Edit: I found the following expressions then the product set A X B has the arithmetic n X m number ...
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Is the word “mechanics” singular or plural? [duplicate]

Is the word "mechanics" singular or plural? For example, should I say that the skin mechanics vary or varies?
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Plural of “radiation”, “reflectance” and similar words

I am not a native speaker, nor do I know the proper grammatical name of this kind of words to look up this question. So please excuse the possible duplication or simplicity. But as far as I know, the ...
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Is “Proteases functions” correctly written?

A protease is a type of protein; there are several proteases, each with different functions. If we want to refer to all those functions in general, is proteases functions correctly written? Should it ...
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is vs. are confusion? singular action, plural subject [duplicate]

Is buying smart electronics worth the price? This is the title of an article I am trying to write. Buying is one action, but electronics is plural. What if I said, "Is it worth the price to buy ...
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Singular or Plural Version of a Common Noun of Two Compound Nouns Combined Using “And”?

"Enter your first and last names to get started." or "Enter your first and last name to get started."
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Is “many a person” singular or plural? [duplicate]

I'm writing a paper and I am not sure how to word this sentence. Which is the correct sentence: I am able to avoid a pitfall into which many a student has fallen. I am able to avoid a pitfall ...
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When do you pluralize a noun that refers to multiple words in a list?

I just read a sentence that ended with “... why a host might use two rather than one address.” and it seemed awkward to me. What rule governs a word's plurality, when it is used in this sort of ...
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A combination of government initiatives (plural or singular)?

Does the subject a combination of government initiatives take singular or plural agreement? A combination of government initiatives has resulted in positive changes? or A combination of ...
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“I need” vs. “one needs”, should “need” be plural and why? [duplicate]

Given the sentence: These are the basic security features I need in order to operate safely. And the sentence These are the basic security features one needs in order to operate safely. I ...
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A troubling has v. have question [duplicate]

Here is my passage: Everybody else in our party [has/have] missions of their own., Now, Everybody else in our party has a mission of their own sounds pretty straightforward. But as soon as I make ...
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Should the usual way to construct a comparative sentence be singular or plural?

Let's say I want to compare two animals A rabbit runs faster than a turtle or Rabbits run faster than turtles. Which one should I prefer?
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When “any” (whatever) is followed by a countable noun, does the noun need to be plural?

This is an extract from a formal certificate written by a non-native English speaker. This certification is issued to the bearer for any possible uses. Is it correct? Personally, I think it ...
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New and Updated App(s)

Should apps be plural in the following circumstances? "1 New and 1 Updated App(s)" "150 New and 1 Updated App(s)" Or would it be correct to write... "1 New App and 1 Updated App" "150 New Apps ...
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Is “the group of children are” correct subject verb agreement wise? [duplicate]

I know that collective nouns can be singular and plural, depending on how you use them. I know that "group" is a collective noun and I know that in a sentence the subject comes before "of" and if it's ...
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When/How to say, over X years old? [closed]

Background Today I bought a box of Pez dispensers with various presidents faces on them ranging from 1825 - 1845. When I flipped the box over, I found the following statement in the description. ...
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“… any change, or addition, is …” vs. “… any change, or addition, are …”

In the sentence below is has been used, but there is some disagreement in the office over whether it should be are: This is necessary to ensure that any change, or addition, to existing ...
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Controvery over subject-verb agreement in this sentence

The sentence Women driving cars is, of course, such a foreign sight to a society like Saudi Arabia The subject is not "women" (otherwise, the verb would have been 'are'); the subject, as I ...
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Should I use 'media,' or 'medias?'

After this similar post, I have another question regarding the use of the word 'media.' I recently saw the phrase, "... it was a good general point about representation and how some medias seem to be ...
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Can “is” be used with plural nouns?

I'm creating a short slogan describing a website's functions. The website consists of a photos storage function plus discussion boards. This is an attempt to put it shortly: Example.com is photos ...
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Is it 20s or 20's? [duplicate]

Is an apostrophe necessary when you are referring to a set of years? Is the correct version 20s or 20's? (Twenties)
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Two-element vs two-elements [duplicate]

Why "two-element Boolean algebra" not "two-elements Boolean algebra"? The number of elements (two) is plural, but the word "element" is singular. This looks like a discrepancy for me.
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Is the plural of 'a friend's book' 'a friend's books' or 'friend's books'? [duplicate]

this question concerns only the INDEFINITE article, I don't care for the definite article or 'of' forms here. In the following construction a friend's book a boy's toy a guy's car Question: do you ...
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integer vs integers [closed]

What a wonderful community this is! My question relates to the below question I translated from a non-English Maths question for high school Maths. Did I word the question correctly? I'm not sure if ...
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Is the word “prose” singular or plural?

I understand that generally "prose" is used as a mass noun so it should be treated as a singular noun. However, in this context, "is" sounds odd to me. Is my intuition leading me astray? On the ...
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Subject-Verb Agreement in “Neither” Comparison (see example) [duplicate]

I am not sure about the form of the verb that follows "neither". Should it be a singular or plural verb? For example: Admittedly, being a celebrity is not easy, but neither are being many other ...
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Collective nouns - singular vs. plural verbs? [duplicate]

What about "youth"? As in: "The youth of today is highly interconnected in many ways." vs. "The youth of today are highly interconnected in many ways."
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What to use: plural or singular in a given sentence?

In the following sentence: Created and maintained comprehensive project documentation; business case, project charter, and project plans. If I created multiple documents of each type do I that ...
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What is the right option? [closed]

Which would be correct? When Mike graduated, it were early 2000s. or When Mike graduated, it was early 2000s.
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“two President Roosevelts” or “two Presidents Roosevelt?” Pluralize the honorific or the name?

If you have two people with the same name, affixed with the same honorific, do you pluralize the honorific or the name? For example, There were two President Roosevelts. There were two ...
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What is the plural of Mrs?

If I were speaking of three sisters, young girls, whose family name was "Holmsworth", I might say The Misses Holmsworth. But if I were speaking collectively of Donald Trump's three wives, the present ...
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singular or plural, is/are some price you have to pay

everyone, what should I use in the sentence below? Should I use "are" to agree with the subject, which are two matters, or should I use "is" to agree with the object "price", which is an uncountable ...
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Is the word “various” always followed by plural?

Various vegetation(s) in surrounding areas of cave XXX yield(s) various species. Various vegetation(s) provide(s) food resources for various species in forest XYX. Is the word various always ...
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Is it correct to write 40+ in a sentence?

If the amount of something, let's say locations, has a minimum of 40 but fluctuates to up randomly, can 40+ be used? Would "around 40," "about 40" or something similar be more appropriate for a formal ...
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What matters vs. what matter

I have no idea which of these sentences is correct: Technical analysis and debate are what matter. or Technical analysis and debate are what matters. The first sounds right to me because ...
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Correct noun usage in a sentence - singular or plural?

Should the noun position be singular or plural in the following sentence? You should focus on the position(s) of your lips and tongue pronouncing this sound.
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“One of one found item(s)”?

When talking about a subset of a filtered list of items, what is the proper way to pluralize finding only one item in the filtered set? Ex. 10 of 50 found items 1 of 25 found items 1 of 1 ...
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How to write OS in plural? [duplicate]

How can I write OS (abbreviation of operating system) in plural? Is it something like OSs or OS's?
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Is the word, “Council” singular or plural?

This question came up in regards to recording meeting minutes. Which is proper: MOVED by Councillor Edmonds that Council accept the updated Snow Removal Policy: Policy #S-45-1. or: MOVED ...
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“depending on something” … singular or plural

I'm writing a paper in which the experimental results with two different antibodies are compared across different brain regions. I want to write something like: We used antibodies A and B for ...
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Can I say “No other mountains in Europe are higher than Mont Blanc”?

In my text book there is a sentence No other mountain in Europe is higher than Mont Blanc. Can it be paraphrased as No other mountains in Europe are higher than Mont Blanc. ? If so, is ...
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Can “childs” ever be the plural of “child”?

Is the word childs ever used instead of children for the plural of child? And was it ever a part of standard English vocabulary but later neglected?