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Is the term PoWs (POWs) inconsistent with typical acronym pluralization?

Prompted by recent remembrance day celebrations, it seems to me that the term PoWs is inconsistent with pluralization conventions. Runs Batted In --> RBI Prisoners of War--> PoW (shouldn't ...
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How do I state the sameness of some number of objects?

How do you say something is identical and having a quantity greater than two using “(the) same”? Which is right among below? If there’s no right form, please let me know the right form to describe ...
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Debate, Bare plurals and Injustice [duplicate]

In high school debate, we have resolutions or topics. This month our topic is, "In the United States criminal justice system, jury nullification ought to be used in the face of perceived injustice." ...
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“There are/is(?) no [singular noun] or [plural noun]” Do I use are or is? [duplicate]

So I'm proofreading a translation that reads: There are no tactile paving or guide plates with Braille. And I can't tell if I should use "is" or "are". I could flesh it out and and say: ...
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What word means 'discrete piece of knowledge'?

In my understanding 'knowledge' is one of a group of nouns in English that is characterized as uncountable (meaning 'knowledge' should never be made plural). If that is the case, is there a word in ...
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made up of “many tiny invisible bits” or “many tiny invisible bit” [closed]

In the context of something is made up of many tiny part(s), which is the correct sentence/grammar. made up of many tiny invisible bits or made up of many tiny invisible bit ? also would I need ...
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Singular and plural mess-up for an algorithm

How do I define a term and then use it in singular or plural context? Here is the problem: I am looking for a word which would collectively define the parameter setting for all the parameters in an ...
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Does one ever use apostrophes when writing plurals? [duplicate]

I am writing an essay on blood types and the Japanese culture, and I am not quite sure if my use of apostrophes is correct. I've read through this article, Apostrophes, but I can't seem to find this ...
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What's the correct verb matching for a 'who' referring to the subject of a previous independent clause?

I was proofreading today and came to a weird situation. Maybe I've stared at it too long and I just need to rest my brain. Here was the sentence: "You can rest assured that the question is ...
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Pumpkin Noodles is a thing or are a thing? [closed]

Which of the following is correct? How come pumpkin noodles is not a thing? or How come pumpkin noodles are not a thing? I want to post one of the above statements to Twitter with a picture of a ...
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Should invention be plural in the phrase “one of the greatest invention”? [closed]

Should invention be plural in the phrase "one of the greatest invention" ? Gramarly claims that invention should be plural. Is Gramarly correct? Why or why not?
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There are content that is good. Would this be a correct sentence?

There are content that is good. It uses "are" and "is" in the same sentence. Is that correct?
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Have or has, which goes with doesn't everyone? [closed]

In the sentence "Doesn't everyone have a basket?" Should it be "Doesn't everyone has a basket?"since everyone is singular?
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What is the correct plural of “mantis”?

This question is related to the plural of "octopus" (yet another ancient Greek loanword animal): What is the plural of "mantis"? Oxford Dictionaries suggests "mantis" or "mantises". Merriam ...
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Debate, Bare Plurals, and Mass Nouns

The current high school debate resolution is “Resolved: In the United States criminal justice system, jury nullification ought to be used in the face of perceived injustice.” Although the resolution ...
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Is it CEOs or CEO's when referring to more than one CEO [duplicate]

For Context, this page refers to it as CEO's https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbeAyhfkF0Q
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agreeing articles and the noun in enumeration

I'm writing a technical paper, where I discuss the behavior of contacts between two slightly different materials. What is the correct way to write it: A contact between a green and a red balls A ...
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What's the proper answer to the question “Is Eri's host family kind to her?”

A friend of mine is an Assistant Language Teacher at a junior high school in Japan. The textbook for the grade eight class has the question "Is Eri's host family kind to her?" If I were to answer ...
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Should the word 'partner' be plural or singular in this sentence?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broad_Institute The Eli and Edythe L. Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard (), often referred to as the Broad Institute, is a biomedical and genomic research center ...
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Plural of Leroux

I am trying to write thank you cards and I want them to say "from The Leroux(s)". Last name is pronounced Luh-Roo, so the X is silent. How do I write that? Lerouxs??
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Plural of Quorum or synonym thereof

I am writing some APIs and documentation. We have configurable "voting rules" which are methods for deciding when a business process may proceed. Some examples: First valid response Majority Super ...
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'We are wearing a jacket' or 'we are wearing jackets'? [duplicate]

I’m having a hard time distinguishing the following sentences. Which one is correct? We are wearing a jacket. and We are wearing jackets.
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Singular vs plural noun following list

In the following sentence should cheese be singular or plural? Pizzeria-style crust topped with herbs, spices, Mozarella, Provolone and Parmesan cheese/cheeses & pepperoni. Pepperoni must ...
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What is the plural of Interleaving? [closed]

My computer shows a spelling mistake when I use the word Interleavings instead of Interleaving. But I see my lab mates use this word quite often in their papers. Can anyone help me understand what ...
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Why are plurals ‘*humen’ and ‘*Germen’ not conventional?

Studying English in school as a second language, I learned that human being would be the proper noun to describe a member of the Homo sapiens species, but it seems human is perfectly acceptable in ...
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Why are SATs and PSATs often found plural?

A lot of students and teachers like pluralizing the abbreviations for tests such as the SAT, PSAT, and ACT. Even if someone had only ever taken one PSAT in his life, he could still say "I flunked my ...
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“other’s lives” vs. “others’ lives”

I'm not sure which of the following is correct: having an impact on other’s lives having an impact on others’ lives I just can’t figure out how the apostrophe should be used.
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What words satisfy this requirement: The singular form ends in “s” and the plural form drops the “s” [closed]

Recently, I realized that I did not know of any words in the English language whose singular form ends in an "s" and whose plural form drops that "s." I was wondering if anyone either knew the answer ...
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Can the plural form of “sheep” ever be “sheeps”? [closed]

A friend studies "(technical term) fishes" that is, he studies a group of similar fish species that all share this specific trait. Similarly you might study the native peoples of X, i.e. the plural of ...
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…but 20 dollars is 20 dollars [duplicate]

There is a well known phrase: "I'm not gay but 20 dollars is 20 dollars". Why do we say that '$20 is $20', and not '$20 are $20'?
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Question about Generic Statements for Plural Nouns

Sentences are: "The rainforests are in danger." "Rainforests are in danger." So in this case, I think that they are both correct sentences...but: "Guitars are musical instruments." "The guitars ...
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Is “pride and joy” singular or plural?

Which is correct: Her pride and joy are ... Her pride and joy is ... Or does the use of 'are' or 'is' in this case depend on whether the object of the sentence is singular or plural?
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“poster awards” vs. “posters awards” [duplicate]

If there are awards for more than one poster, what shall I write as a title for the posters presentation to be awarded: Posters Awards or Poster Awards?
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“the 1st and 2nd students” or “the 1st and 2nd student”?

Consider such a sentence: I will give an award to the 1st and 2nd students. What I mean is, I will give an award to each of the two. The problem is, should it be student or students?
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Is it correct to use plural, then define it in singular form?

For example: Snow leopards, another mammal with a relatively large tail, are also known to [...] edit: changed from big cat to mammal to emphasise that it's a definition, not a noun.
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Plural vs Singular agreement

The sentence is: Where there is beer, there are good times. Shouldn't it be this? Where there is beer, there is good times.
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Is the plural of 'prefix' really 'prefixes' rather than 'prefices'?

It looks like the plural of 'prefix' is 'prefixes' - while I would expect it to be 'prefix' => 'prefices' like 'matrix' => 'matrices' or 'index' => 'indices'. Is 'prefix' an exception to the rule? ...
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England is/are playing? [duplicate]

I have this doubt when it comes to sports and teams. Is it England is playing or England are playing? Similarly, is it "Arsenal is playing..." or "Arsenal are playing..."?
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What is the plural of “Mars”?

What is the plural of Mars? Is it Marses or Mars' (note the apostrophe)? Or something else? EDIT: I'm not sure where I got the idea of Mars' from. I suppose I was thinking it might be a zero plural ...
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Does the word 'retrospection' have the plural form 'retrospections'?

I'm getting mixed results from Internet searches. It looks like plural forms are used, but some dictionaries say "retrospection" is a "mass noun". Can I use the plural form "retrospections"?
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The number of is singular or plural [duplicate]

I suppose 'the number of' is followed by a singular, but what about the following sentence where they are two subjects: Both the number of entries and exits is/are high.
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Pluralizing Numbered Items

In US legal practice, we often refer to numbered items: Interrogatory No. 1, Request for Admission No. 3, U.S. Patent No. 5,555,555. What part of the item should be pluralized? That is, should one ...
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Agreement of verb 'to be' and a singular noun after a plural noun

How does the subject-verb agreement work when a singular noun describes a plural one? Of the following, which sentence is righter? The computers is a good choice. The computers are a good ...
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Should I use “brothers” to refer to a mixed gender collection of siblings? [closed]

I know I can use siblings, but this seems strange in some contexts. Let's say I am opening a lemonade booth with my sister and I want to call the company "Lemon Bros."; would that be correct?
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Why do we use the article 'a' when referring to 100 items? But we don't use it when referring to any other plural count?

Edit Note: This question has been linked to these questions about using an article before adjectives modifying numbers. This question here has nothing to do with adjectives at all: Indefinite ...
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Plural of “Acura RLX”

My apologies in advance as I'm nowhere near a grammar expert - just a lowly programmer. So an "Acura RLX" is a car model. An RLX is a noun, not an initialization or anything. It's stylized when ...
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Should “something, and therefore something” be referred to as singular or plural?

For example, if I have the sentence Due to the improvement of our algorithm, our model, and therefore simulation, becomes more realistic. Should the becomes be instead written as become? Does ...
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“From case D to C” or “from cases D to C”

I am checking the galley proofs of a scientific paper we submitted, and the copy-editor changed In the transition from case D to C, ... to In the transition from cases D to C, ... Why is ...
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What should I choose: “it is” or “these are”

I am writing an article and I am not sure what to choose "it is" or "these are" in the following sentence: LIMS - it's dedicated hardware and software systems, aimed at the automation of the ...
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Plural Subject = Plural Object?

In the sentence: Many of us are even unable to remember our own phone number Assuming each person only has one phone number, which is grammatically correct: phone number or phone numbers?