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

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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 should ...
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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?
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Can “dissolute” be plural? [closed]

I have a text I'm proofreading that lists certain types of people, and in the list is the word "dissolutes" ("highwaymen, loners, children, dissolutes"). My Word processor is telling me that while ...
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Why in British English is it “map room” (singular “map”) but “games room” (plural “games”)?

Why is it normal in British English to say map room (for a room for keeping and viewing maps in) but games room (for a room for playing games in)? To my native British ear these forms sound ...
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Is it “…in their life” or “…in their lives”? [duplicate]

Is it: I've helped thousands of people like yourself make positive changes in their lives. or I've helped thousands of people like yourself make positive changes in their life.
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Singular or plural verb with gerund + 3rd person? [duplicate]

Could you please comment the following phrases? Which one is correct (if any)? We believe that having such experience increases your credibility. We believe that having such experience ...
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Plural or singular with “context”

I wrote the following sentence in an academic paper: "The context of the experiment was the students of the last two years" my revisor, who is an English mother language (Welsh, in fact), corrected ...
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In “X number”, should X be singular? [duplicate]

I want to create a noun phrase that means the number of X that would be phrased like X number. Should X be singular or plural? e.g., student number or students number? In either case, I would like ...
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Plurals (and plural possessives) that end in s [duplicate]

What is the best way to make a word that already ends in "s" plural? Ex: Would the family of Mr Jones be "the Joneses" or remain "the Jones"? Also, what is the best way to make the plural form of ...
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Use of “there's” in plural [duplicate]

Well we know that is is the correct form for singular and are is the correct form for plural, right? As such "There is a great pizza place in Chicago" would be correct in prose or dialogue as would ...
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plural noun with plural noun

I'm not sure what is the best title for this question. For example, Which of the followings is grammatically correct? (1) people with high IQs or (2) people with a high IQ and why? if (2) is ...
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Proper use in singular: Life is better with a pet or a dog or pets?

I always though that proper sentence would be: Life is better with a pet. When you are referring to having only one pet and not generally mean what kind of pet. But all i find on google and even ...
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“Singular” vs “Uncountable” nouns

Today, searching for the term "cloak", I came across these definitions From Longman DOCE 5th Ed. cloak noun [singular] an organization, activity, or way of behaving that deliberately protects ...