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

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Basic Grammar for a beginner [closed]

Can I ask "Does she speak foreign languages?" instead of asking "Does she speak a foreign language?" And what is the difference between the two?
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Point, points, or points' distribution in space? [duplicate]

Let's say there are 10 points on a plane, and I'd like to describe their distribution as homogeneous. Which of the following is correct? The point distribution is homogeneous. The points ...
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Was or Were in a list of three [closed]

A man, a woman and a dog were in the park. or A man, a woman and a dog was in the park. ...and what's the rule please? Also, is there a difference if we write A man, woman and dog ...
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Using two plurals in a row

I have been wondering, how would I state this: "Loading Bitmaps Settings" It seems weird if either of them were singular, but it looks weird the way it is. A second example: "It roots plants" "It ...
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Are they “in a good mood“ or ”in good moods"?

Just now I was walking my dogs down S St. in Sacramento. We were gaining on a woman walking in front of us, when she turned around to see who was behind her. "Sorry," I said. "We aren't going to ...
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km plural or singular, “out of which 100 km is motorway”

The sentence is The total length of the public road's network is 29151 km, out of which 1243 km are motorways, 6810 km of national roads and 21098 km of regional and local roads. source: ...
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Plural of “camera obscura”

While reading an article about history and use of the camera obscura and camera lucida the use of camera obscuras for the plural felt increasingly wrong. (whinge over) In general when a (foreign) ...
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Is there special term for class of words which are irregular in forming their plural form?

There are such words as ox - oxen, torus - tori and many other which are irregular in a way of forming their plural form and I'm wondering if there is a special term for such words? On a side note I ...
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“A, together with B” singular or plural? [duplicate]

Which is the correct form of the following structure? A, together with B, provide an efficient means of... or A, together with B, provides an efficient means of... Certainly, "A provides", ...
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Plural of 'rush hour'

Can I use 'rush hours' in the sentence 'Can you sustain load during rush hours?'? Or should I say 'rush hour' in this context?
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Fire meet gasoline: is it correct?

Is it grammatically correct to say "Fire meet gasoline", as in the Sia's song, or just poetic license?? "Flame and candle meet, fire meet gasoline Fire meet gasoline, I'm burnin' alive ...
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Any difference in meaning: “They differ in language” and “They differ in languages”

(I am not a native english speaker but a translator asking help for better translation) I saw the expression, "All these differ from each other in language" and thought it is a typo of 'languages'. ...
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Why “a” bow and arrow?

Anyone who's watched CW's Arrow would recognize this line immediately: They've got guns. You've got a bow and arrow. They never say a bow and arrows. They never say a bow and an arrow. They say ...
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What is the correct plural form of “offspring”?

What is the correct plural form of the word "offspring"? From the dictionaries I have looked at, I am guessing it is just "offspring", but Dictionary.com says "offsprings" is also acceptable. ...
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“X as well as Y” ; will this be followed by singular verb or plural verb?

"X as well as Y" singular or plural When two nouns are connected using "as well as", does that become singular or plural? For eg. Sam as well as his brother Dean has / have to come. Which one is ...
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“Donation” or “donations”?

Should I say send your donations and support to or send your donation and support to? I would like to confirm which is right to use when I ask people to donate to a charity. I have read other ...
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Higher volumes of export OR volume of exports?

The problem gets more complex for India as there are higher volumes of export than that of import. OR The problem gets more complex for India as the volume of exports is higher than that of ...
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Using the phrase 'a number of' with countable/uncountable nouns and verbs in singular/plural [closed]

Find the mistake: Every year, an enormous number of paper is used to produce books. My thoughts so far: After googling I found that when using "a number of" we use plural verb (i.e., are). Is ...
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'0 result' vs '0 results' [duplicate]

I am developing a search control, where user types in and it returns search results. When I get no matching result what message would be correct in that case? a) 0 result b) 0 results
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If every brother has one book, are they brothers' books or brothers' book?

Let's assume I have two brothers, Cain and Abel. Cain has book A, Abel has book B. Should I call that books "my brothers' books" or "my brothers' book" to distinguish between having one book or more ...
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Should I use “has” or “have” for “Is there any field or fields that ____ this property?” [closed]

I have no idea what a good title for this question should be. I'm asking a database guy about a problem with our data. I'm considering phrasing it this way: Is there any other field or fields ...
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Correct use of 'comprise'

Is this sentence grammatically correct? "The application site comprises an existing care home which has 59 bedrooms and 85 registered bed spaces" I was under the impression that 'comprise' would ...
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Uncountable noun examples [closed]

We were taught at school that if we want to make something plural, we should add "s" at the end. Later on, I learned that there are uncountable nouns. Not so much familiar with it. Can you please give ...
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material vs materials. Which is correct?

When you talk about a collection of snippets and facts for an article, do you say "material" or "materials"?
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'Employee Profiles' or 'Employees Profiles' or 'Employees' Profiles'? [duplicate]

I had a spat with a coworker. We are compiling a software feature list. One of the entries was the "Employee Profile". However, we wanted to write it down in plural. So, which one should it be? 1 ...
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Is “mes” an accepted plural form of “me”?

Is mes (the first two letters pronounced the same way as me, an alternate spelling is probably me's) an accepted plural form of me? There are other mes in other possible worlds.
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Either X(s) or Y(s) is/are [closed]

I am confused on how to formulate sentences with (n)either...(n)or and the form of verb. Which sentence is gramatically correct? "Either my uncle or aunt are visiting me today" "Either my uncle or ...
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Is or are - “The most preferable length of the internship is 3 months but 2 is also acceptable”

Could you tell me, what is the correct form? "The most preferable length of the internship is/ are 3 months but 2 is/are also acceptable" My intuition tells me that should be 'is' but 'are' ...
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Burns or Burn's Nurse

I am writing a direct quote so I cannot change the sentence around. The speaker consistently refers to the hospital "burns nurse", as in a nurse that takes care of patients with burns. I believe I ...
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Pluralization and nouns [duplicate]

I know we would not say a 3 months period, but why exactly? Is it because period is noncount? But why is it correct to say a period of 3 months How do you know when to pluralize nouns and when not ...
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What is the correct plural form of a family name that ends in -i? [closed]

I have just made a family group with my surname which is Karami, and I want to make my surname plural to show this is a family group, so I'm wondering whether I should add -s or -es? Which one is ...
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Loved one's or ones' [closed]

Can someone explain to me which would the correct form of ones in this statement: Have family members stated it took too long to respond to their loved one's/ones' complaints? I know it would ...
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Why is the plural of 'leaf' spelled 'leaves'? [closed]

I am a bit confused about why the plural of leaf is leaves. Can anyone explain why leaves is the plural form?
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Plural or Singular After a List of Items [duplicate]

Given the sentence: The password must be at least 8 characters long, contain at least one lower-case and one upper-case case letter(s) and a digit. Should the word "letter(s)" be in singular or ...
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How to treat a certain saying as a noun? i.e. ' “Do you see it”s '

I'm writing a story and in it, everyone sees this mysterious box. So, this crowd of people are: "Exchanging looks and _____________" I want to say they are exchanging "Do you see it?"s Like multiple ...
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What is the plural of “cottage tariff”?

When there are several cottages each with several tariffs (depending on the season), should the plural be "cottage tariffs" or "cottages tariffs"? For context, this is to be a section title on a ...
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Is “troop” unique among English words in meaning both a group and an individual member of that kind of group?

The term "troop" can mean a group of soldiers, or it can mean an individual soldier (perhaps in this usage it was originally short for "trooper"). In fact, in modern usage, the plural "troops" almost ...
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Singular or plural, before and after “of”

Let's say I have a statement like the following: He was looking for seed of apples. I am looking for a general rule for statements like something (seed) of something (apples) where the second ...
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Should I have used “is” or “are” when telling a friend “Jennifer and Amy is going”? [duplicate]

Its all in the title. I messaged a friend on Facebook the other day. I told him "Jennifer and Amy is Going" Should I have used are or is?
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Which one is the correct one? every lesson or every lessons? [closed]

"I attend every lesson" or "I attend every lessons". Which one is correct?
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A necessary condition is .. or are? [closed]

Which one of the following is the correct form? For some reason, I have trouble understanding whether the correct form depends on "a necessary condition" (is) or "changes" (are). A necessary ...
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His/her vs their after using “each one” (for individual-focused meaning)

I have this sentence that intoduce a list of items: Encountering a succession of person to observe how each one's way of thinking affects: ● his/her way to look at the world ● his ... ● his ...
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Plural Form of Mongoose [closed]

What is the Plural form of Mongoose? I guessed that it should be mongeese, but is sounds funny. Mongooses also sounds funny.So what is it?
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Verb Agreement between “means” and a tricky subject

Museum-quality materials mean your document won't discolor. or Museum-quality materials means your document won't discolor. I am having some difficulty in determining which version of ...
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Is “markets shares” correct?

I know that the common plural form of "market share" (the percentage of a market) is "market shares." However, I found a sentence containing "markets shares." In the last decade, several papers ...
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Singular or plural in a conditional statement [duplicate]

Which of these sentences is correct? If there is more than one book, I'll be happy. OR If there are more than one book, I'll be happy. The first one just sounds right to me, and that's the ...
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Are numbers greater than one plural? [duplicate]

Two apples are plural. When I refer to a number of items only by their count, is the count singular? For example: "Two is enough." Is that correct?
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“States Party to” or “State Parties to” or “States parties to”?

When discussing a treaty or international agreement, which is correct? "There are 100 states party to the treaty." (for example, as used here) Or: "There are 100 state parties to the treaty." (for ...
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Is there a single word noun describing contact details - email, phone, sms, etc

I am looking for a (preferably) single plural word that describes one ore more pieces of contact information of various types (email, phone, sms, etc.) that belong to an individual. The term ...
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Who is trying to improve their future or who are trying to improve their future? [duplicate]

'Is' and 'their' don't mix well... But I have heard people saying 'Don't bring up the past of a person who is trying to improve their future.' Is it correct? Or should it be 'Who are trying to' ...