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

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“Number of users are” vs “Numbers of users are”

I am using Word to write an article. It keeps suggesting that Number of users are should be replaced by Numbers of users are or by Number of users is. My question is whether either of the following ...
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Is “martini” plural or singular?

Although frequently used incorrectly incorrectly in English, the borrowed Italian word paparazzi should be used for a group, while paparazzo is one intrusive celebrity photographer. The dictionary ...
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“Are” vs. “is” for proper nouns which sound plural (such as band names)

I was trying to explain to a friend that someone is no longer available on Spotify earlier today so I said the sentence: The Avalanches are no longer available on Spotify. Immediately after ...
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Plural or singular after uncountable noun connected with “and”? [duplicate]

What is the correct use? His stool and urine ARE normal. His stool and urine IS normal.
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Using plural for two individual objects of the same kind

Assume Einstein conjectured something (in Mathematics) and Zweistein conjectured something slightly stronger (implies Einstein's conjecture). Which one of the following is correct?: (a) Every X ...
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St. Matthew's vs. St. Matthew

What is the proper spelling: St Matthew's or St. Matthew when not followed by the word "Church". * "There will undoubtedly be tradeoffs that I will have to make if I stay with St. Matthew’s." ...
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Plural for “photo”?

What's the proper plural for "photo" - "photos", "photoes", or it is generally desired to rephrase the whole thing and stick with "photographs", "images", "shots", "pictures", etc? As for usage ...
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Forming the possessive of a username that is a contraction

Suppose there was a user of one of these sites whose handle was Won't. How would one form the possessive of this username to refer to that user's post?* Won't's answer Given that the 's ...
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Correct use of 'majority'

I believe majority is correctly used with a plural noun — "majority of people" or "majority of voters". It's becoming used frequently with a singular noun — "majority of work" or "majority ...
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Do robotic insects have “antennas” or “antennae”?

I know that insects have antennae and machines have antennas. Which plural form should I use for something that’s both insectoid and a machine? Does one officially take precedence?
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Organisation - singular or plural? [duplicate]

In formal (not colloquial) English, is an organisation such as a sports club singular, plural, or is it discretionary? E.g. is it preferable to write "The X club WAS formed" or "The X club WERE ...
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The double 'i' is cool, but what's the rule?

At least to a self professed geek its cool to write words like fungii and radii, so naturally in some informal communications I take every opportunity to apply the suffix where it's probably not ...
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“Favorite fruits are grapes” or “favorite fruit is grapes”

I think I understood the general idea of fruits vs fruit, but what about the situation where you're saying: "My favorite fruits are grape"? This made me cringe when I saw it in an English course ...
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Why do they use “Apple are” instead of “Apple is”? [duplicate]

Examples taken from OMG Ubuntu: Apple are expected to finally give a release date for OS X Mavericks, the latest update to their desktop operating system at an event today. For Mavericks ...
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using only in plural

This is the question: A: Does she have many books? B: ................. She only has two books. a. Yes, she does. b. No, she does not. My answer is B, am I wrong? My friend absolutely ...
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Is it “invoice receivables” or “invoices receivable”?

The latter follows the analogy of accounts receivable as a post-positive adjective.
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Use of singular or plural verb in a list joined by “or” [duplicate]

In a list of singular items with an "or" should the verb be singular or plural? e.g. Sometimes the fence, the wall, or the ditch (was/were) destroyed.
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Why is “shrimp” the plural of “shrimp”? [closed]

When you talk about "shrimp" in the plural, there's no "s." However, how can you explain it grammatically?
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Grammatical correctness of a sentence

Recently I read a sentence - The French Rooms, at least until modern periods are reached, are a demonstration that in the sphere of aesthetics, science does not produce the greatest artists - that ...
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Singular nouns in plural form

Is the following sentence correct? There is a woods near our house. (I am talking about one woods, but it is a bit awkward to use "a" before "woods". Hence I am not sure about this.)
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Concord of “scholarly enquiry combined with introspection” [duplicate]

What is correct: Scholarly enquiry combined with introspection reveals Scholarly enquiry combined with introspection reveal
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“big cheers” and “a big cheer”

Can I say "Please give your children big cheers at the playing field? Or should I say "Please give your children a big cheer?" Do these mean different things?
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the rest of her family was or the rest of her family were [duplicate]

which is correct: a) she didn't mind a mild storm when the rest of her family were present b) she didn't mind a mild storm when the rest of her family was present
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Do we use a singular or plural noun when referring to a common thing that many things have? [duplicate]

For example, in this sentence: Remind employees to write their name/names on the schedule/schedules on the lid/lids of the photocopiers. How do you think it should be written? Personally, I ...
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One of the many things that (have or has)? affected me was [closed]

One of the most significant adversities that (have or has)? affected me was....
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Two questions are what I wanted to ask [duplicate]

In sentences like "Two questions are what I wanted to ask", should I treat the subject, "Two questions", as singular or plural? It seems more natural to treat it as plural. But when I reverse the ...
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Is it better to use a plural noun or definite article?

For example: Multicopters belong to a family of aircraft called rotorcraft, which also includes helicopters, and although they appear to be similar, the multicopter's design is mechanically much ...
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Pluralizing the noun support

Is it ever okay to pluralize the noun "support"? When talking about several support systems, for example, is it okay to say that people "need supports"? If not, why not? Thank you!
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“This date and time is” vs. “this date and time are” [duplicate]

The following sentence appears in a letter I am editing: If this date and time are not convenient please contact me at ... Structurally, this seems okay, but it feels very awkward. Shouldn't it ...
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Why can't we say “informations”? [closed]

Why we can't put the word information in the plural form? "Give me all the informations you've got", even if it's wrong, sounds more beautiful to my non-native ear than "give me all the information ...
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Compound words/noun phrases in english with different number of words in plural/singular form

Are there any cases where the plural and singular form of an English compound word or noun phrase differ in the number of words contained? In all cases I can think of, the actual words within the ...
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What is the correct way to define an acronym when its first appearance is plural? [closed]

The question and answers posed in What is the correct way to pluralize an acronym? deals very nicely with acronym (and possibly initialism) usage. What about the case when you are defining the ...
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Correct pronoun: 'his' or 'their'? [duplicate]

I would like to know whether his or their is the correct pronoun to be used in the following sentence: Neither she nor he has finished ....... work. In my opinion it should be their but some ...
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A pack of wolves run through the woods [duplicate]

Is the correct to say A pack of wolves run through the woods or is the correct English A pack of wolves runs through the woods The former sounds right. However, I think the subject is a ...
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“Why are there more of them” vs. “why is there more of them” [duplicate]

I was writing this sentence: Why are there more of them on some nights than on others? Is is or are correct here? I was told that is is correct, but to me, are sounds better.
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Proper usage of “is” and “are” when specifying multiple nouns

This is one thing I never really bothered looking into, but have always been unsure of. punching, kicking, slapping or slashing [is/are] strictly prohibited That's what I'm trying to determine. ...
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when a noun is used as an adjective is it always singular, eg Event Request or Events request? [duplicate]

when a noun is used as an adjective is it always singular, eg Event Request or Events request? Service Request or Services REquest?
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Pluralizing a thing expressed by a quoted or hyphenated phrase, e.g. better-than-nothing or “better than nothing”

I found myself writing And so, they went on amassing better-than-nothing's. because I wanted better-than-nothing to be a kind of catchphrase, referred to in this form consistently throughout my ...
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Which is grammatical, “the softness and sweetness [was/were] perfect”?

which is grammatically fine to use? The softness and sweetness of rice [was/were] perfect.
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Correct plural form of “hoof”

My research has shown that hoofs and hooves are correct plural forms of hoof. That being said, which is preferable? Which came first in the English language?
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Life or lives of others? [duplicate]

When using the phrase: "improve the lives of others", is it life or lives, as each has only one life, but I'm speaking about multiple lives. I'm confusing myself! LOL!
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the same and same [closed]

Which is correct? Sheila and Angie are wearing the same shirt today. Sheila and Angie are wearing the same shirts today. Sheila and Angie are wearing same shirts today.
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Data as a plural noun [duplicate]

In an academic writing, is it correct to make reference to "the data itself", being that data is a plural noun and itself is a singular pronoun?
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“Shore of another world” vs “shores of another world.”

The lights of Tokyo were visible on the other side of the river. For an instant, I felt as if the city was an unreachable land; a place that existed on the shore(s) of another world. Should I ...
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How are names ending in “-s” perceived?

Most English nouns are inflected for grammatical number by adding -s — e.g., cat and cats, where cats is and sounds plural. So, I wonder, since Lucas, Nicholas, and other English names end with -s, ...
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Is it “the xᵢ’s” or “the xᵢ”?

Let x1, . . . , xn be a collection of mathematical objects. When I refer to them, do I have to say the xi’s or just the xi? Edit: In this article (written by an American mathematician), one can ...
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“Need” vs. “needs” after a list [duplicate]

Is it need or needs? Highway 68 and Robinson Canyon Road need your support. Highway 68 and Robinson Canyon Road needs your support. I voted needs.
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Its respective owners/Their respective owners

I'm wondering which one would be grammatically correct. I think both make sense, however, I do think that one is grammatical and the other isn't. All credit goes to its respective owners. All ...
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“The Japanese are a hard-working people.” Is this grammatically correct?

I came across this statement. Is this correct? I am specifically confused at the part where "a" comes after "are".
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“Different kinds of car” or “different kinds of cars” [duplicate]

Should I say: "We sell different kinds of car" or "We sell different kinds of cars" Which one is correct?