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

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'Year' or 'Years'?

In the context of the following sentence: "This report gives an overview of x, which took place between the second and final year of my degree from xmonth to ymonth." Should I be using the word ...
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“Data” — singular or plural [duplicate]

Which of the following is correct? The data was kept in soft form. The data were kept in soft form.
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What is the correct way to indicate a singular/plural that ends in (ies) [duplicate]

I would like to know what the correct way to indicate a singular/plural pair is when the singular ends in -y and the plural in -ies. With book you can use book(s) to indicate in writing how to form ...
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Noun of-phrases: Rules as to plural form of each noun in the pair

Nouns of Noun vs Nouns of Nouns Example 1: I face different types of financial constraints vs types of financial constraint Example 2: Different kinds of reasons vs Different kinds of reason ...
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Staff and percent. Which one of these two statements is correct? [duplicate]

Which one of these two statements is correct? 60% of staff work or 60% of staff works
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Is using a plural word after a word describing something that is plural correct

'Different work based on their functions’ should the word 'functions' in this sentence be function because the word 'Different' describes here that the word 'function' is plural.
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There is / There are

I believe it well established that the choice of whether to use "There is" or "There are" with the phrase "a lot of" depends on the following word. For example, you would say: There is a lot of ...
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“A mice problem” vs. “a mouse problem”

My friend said to me one day: "We have a mice problem at UNI". Is "a mice problem" grammatical as opposed to "a mouse problem"?
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“the boy Sam and Tom” or “the boys Sam and Tom”? [closed]

I do not know the grammatical terms for this kind of usage. I can only give an example. I want to describe two boys called Sam and Tom. Of course I can just say Sam and Tom are nice. But I ...
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Should I use plural or singular fore 'more than one' and why? [duplicate]

I was writing the sentence and understood I do not know whether to use plural or singular: If more than one attribute was / were found ...
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Plural of “an end in itself” [closed]

In singular English say: The thing is an end in itself. How does plural look like then? The things are the ends in themselves. Am I right?
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Gerund ending in -ings?

Examples: Savings Shavings Drippings Are these gerunds? I found some resources (below) that don't seem to provide definitive answers. Page 57 Page 320
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“We are American” or “We are Americans”? The singular vs. the plural form? [duplicate]

Which expression is more idiomatic or correct: We are American We are Americans Should I use American in the singular or in the plural form? And why?
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'(death) throes' - countability?

In my Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary the word 'throe' is not listed, only 'throes'. With other nouns, the dictionary clearly indicates whether nouns are countable or uncountable, however, with ...
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Half doesn't or half don't? [duplicate]

What’s the right version of these two? Half of the students doesn’t bother to show up. Half of the students don’t bother to show up. Or are both right?
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What is the plural for the Book of Mormon?

What is the plural for the Book of Mormon? “Books of Mormon” would be changing the title of the book. “Book of Mormon's” Would be possessive, and “Book of Mormons” sounds like it was as if it was a ...
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“The best and brigthest is…” or “the best and the brightest are…”?

I asked a question on another StackExchange site, and used "the best and brightest..." as a singular "noun"/expression. However, one of the people that commented used "the best and the brightest..." ...
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Plural of 'yes'

What is the plural of yes? Googling brings up many different suggestions from different sources. Yesses Yeses Yes's Yes' ?
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Singular vs Plural number 21, 101 & etc [duplicate]

When talking about number 21, 31, 101, 1231 & etc ( ends with "one" ), should we use singular or plural word for units. E.g. should I say "21 apple" or "21 apples"? Or, "101 apple" vs "101 ...
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Unsure which possessive form to use [closed]

If I say The first *groups presentation was on insects. is it group's or groups'?
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Can I say “stuffs” as a plural noun?

I know that "stuff" is a collective noun, but other collective nouns like "family" can be pluralized, but "stuffs" doesn't sound quite right to me. However, the spell check on my browser says that ...
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Is the phrase “this will blow your and your friends’ minds.” correct?

I couldn't find this specific type of phrase on here yet. I'm especially not sure whether to use the plural in this phrase. Should I use your and your friends' -mind- or -minds-?
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Hour minute format pluralization in a specific context

Check the following screens: https://www.dropbox.com/s/bp40q2yqk4xatzc/11.png https://www.dropbox.com/s/cobof2uvk6htwv9/1.png you can see that I'm not consistent with the hour format. My question ...
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“Crucial to cell division is/are the alignment and segregation”

I'm in the process of writing a research paper for school. Looking back at the introduction of my original research proposal (which I'm using as a scaffold for my current paper) I realized that the ...
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Everyone singular or plural in “except” questions [duplicate]

1)Everyone, except Jess and Susie, was present at the company meeting yesterday. 2)Everyone, except Jess and Susie, were present at the company meeting yesterday. Which is correct?
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“Work” (noun) is plural or singular?

I couldn't find an answer to this question by searching the archive. If it's duplicate please let me know, and I'll remove it. I was wondeing if "work" (noun) is plural or singular? for example, I ...
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Are two singular nouns together singular or plural?

I'm writing a research paper with several classmates for school. However, there's a sentence that we, as well as others who have reviewed our paper, disagree with on how to write. Which sentence is ...
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How and why to conjugate verb with and/or subject

Which of the following statements is correctly conjugated? Is there a rule or explanation for conjugating verbs with and/or subjects? The X and/or Y is true. or The X and/or Y are true. ...
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“I” instead of “We”

In Toronto, when you ask for something in a store and they don't have it, the person you ask will usually respond "I don't have it". Is this something related to the English language itself that I ...
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Plural or singular meaning of the word “Filter” in a phrase “Filter updates”

I would like to know if the phrase: "Filter updates" means "updates of filters" or "updates of 1 filter". So can this phrase "Filter updates" be used in plural meaning, so to say? Instead of saying ...
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How to make Fisher's exact test plural [closed]

How would I say the plural form of "Fisher's exact test". Would it be "Fisher exact tests?". Here's a fragment: We also compared different groups using "Fisher Exact Tests". Thank you for your ...
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uncountable noun + and + uncountable noun [duplicate]

Which sounds better? There is water and butter in my fridge. There are water and butter in my fridge. I think it should be: is. But what if we said: How much flour and butter is needed to ...
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why is there a difference in the usage of “neither…nor” in similar sentences? [duplicate]

look at these two sentences: neither the coach nor the players are going to the beach. neither the players nor the coach is going to the beach. why does one sentence use "are" while the other has ...
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Yourself vs Yourselves

Which of the following is correct- Keep those smiles to yourself or Keep those smiles to yourselves When referring to more than one person
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“Find ten apples and oranges” Do I find 10 or 20?

If I read the sentence Find ten apples and oranges. Do I need to find ten or twenty pieces of fruit?
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“If there are 0 or 1 messages” or “If there is 0 or 1 message”?

I'm trying to say "Do something if there are 0 or 1 messages" but am not sure exactly how to phrase that. Do I use the singular, plural, or none of the above?
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Other academic field distinctions like math vs maths

Growing up in the US, I was taught to say "math" and the British "maths" sounded very awkward to me until I noticed mathematics had an 's' at the end, and it occurred to me that it could be considered ...
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performance: plural vs singular? [duplicate]

I am confused with the use of plural or singular with the word "performance". My context is the following: I am running multiple experiments in order to evaluate the performance(s?) of an algorithm. ...
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Who(m) I have left out [duplicate]

In the acknowledgments of my thesis, after a long list of names, I (also) want to thank "[...] all other supportive people who**m** I have inevitably left out". Does this look appropriate? In ...
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“Is there any news” or “are there any news”? [duplicate]

Which is better? Which is grammatically correct? Is there any news about my candidacy? Are there any news about my candidacy?
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When using the singular pronoun “they”, should the verb be in the 3rd person singular or the 3rd person plural?

A person who has perfectly good relations with their father, who loves their father, and has a great respect for them, can never shout at him like that. A person who have perfectly good ...
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One has to cook himself or themself? [closed]

Wanted to know which form is better and why One has to cook himself? OR One has to cook themself?
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Conjugation of answer to “How much money is there?” [duplicate]

I'm using a website - www.ixl.com - to teach my child how to count American coins, amongst other activities. The site also has many questions on English grammar. One thing that doesn't seem right - ...
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Item queue vs items queue? Files list vs File list? [duplicate]

My question is connected with programming. I'm not sure how to name my class. Should it be ItemQueue or ItemsQueue? We are talking about queue, which stores many items. We can add new ones or remove ...
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Use of “contretemps”

According to Oxford Dictionaries, contretemps means "an unexpected and unfortunate occurrence". What is the plural of it, if it exists, and how do I use it in a sentence? Do I say "contretemps ...
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Does addition of clause change tense [duplicate]

For example, which of the following sentences is correct: Jack, and his partner Jill, offer a new perspective on child-rearing. Jack, and his partner Jill, offers a new perspective on child-rearing. ...
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“X in Japan is different from [that/those] in other countries”

I was wondering if the following sentence is clear: The book industry in Japan is very different from [that/those] in many other western countries. My questions are: Is it correct to use that ...
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I am still confused about have or has [duplicate]

This is the sentence: "... Has established a committee who has/have been appointed as the custodians of ..." Do I use has or have? Do I use custodian or custodians?
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View “Content” or “Contents”

We're providing a web service where users can create topics and categories. A category can either just be a list of topics or have authored content(s) in addition to a list of subtopics. It is ...
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Plural form of these two sentences [closed]

I'm helping my cousing with some English exercises but I don't imagine what would be the plural form of these two sentences: What is this? What is that? I'd say:" What are these?" and "What are ...