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

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Is this correct: “Our listeners are what make X”?

I listen to a podcast that I like, but every episodes ends with Our listeners are what make [podcast name] possible. which makes me cringe a little each time I hear it. Is it just me, or is the ...
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When to use “none” as singular or plural? [duplicate]

Can someone please tell me which is most appropriate? (a) "At this time, none of the parties is planning to file a motion"; or (b) "At this time, none of the parties are planning to file a motion." ...
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Which one is correct - “ There is only us here” or “There are only us here” [duplicate]

Temporary reopen note: The linked-to question is about the verb agreeing with the grammatical number of the first item in a list in a there is/are sentence. However there is no list in this question ...
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Is it Ok to use years or year in this sentence

Publications and content professional with over eight-years knowledge of institutional liaisons and project management. Is it ok to use year or years?
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Does the word “experience” have plural a form? [closed]

I always thought that the word experience is only singular, but I see people using it as a plural. Is this correct?
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Singularity and Plurality of The Terms “God,” “god,” and “gods”

I've been studying some of the books of the English versions of the Bible, and have discovered how their uses of the terms, "God," "god," and "gods" should seem slightly perplexing to English readers ...
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“The earthquake, along with its subsequent aftershocks, HAS/HAVE …” - plural or singular subject?

Is a subject singular or plural with a modifying prepositional phrase that has plural objects? Would it be "has" or "have" in this case: The earthquake, along with its subsequent aftershocks, ...
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The total “is” or “are” worth a certain amount

Which is correct? Fourteen pennies are worth fourteen cents. Fourteen pennies is worth fourteen cents. The former, to me, sounds like "Each of the fourteen pennies is worth fourteen cents." The ...
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Which is correct between the number of and the numbers of?

I am making presentation material about mathematical. The numbers of events occurred in each sub-interval are independent. or The number of events occurred in each sub-interval are ...
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Will a “certain number of people” write “a letter” or “letters” of recommendation?

Which of the following is correct? You will need to have a certain number of people write a letter of recommendation. or You will need to have a certain number of people write letters of ...
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The choice between the plural and the singular in complex concept

Thank you for being interested in my question. Here is an example. Person A three apples, and Person B has four apples. Now I want to discuss these seven apples. Which of these should I say: ...
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Are nouns used in “Types of <noun>(s)” singular or plural?

Take for example the word "liquid", which can be both uncountable and countable. Should it be - Types of liquid (There are many different types of liquid.) or Types of liquids? (There are many ...
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Maximum number of minutes is/are 60 [duplicate]

I saw a sentence like: Maximum number of minutes are 60 but I feel like it must be "is 60" not "are" as we are describing about the word number here which is singular. and after search I came ...
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Is this a grammar mistake? I got this from the USA Today website [duplicate]

I just came across this paragraph: There is so many incredible women that nobody can agree on which one are the best ones. Just for your pleasure and to make everyone happy we have agreed on a ...
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Is there a plural for “advice”? [duplicate]

Can "advice" be used plurally? I've heard there are cases where this is correct. Ex: seeking economic advices from Western countries
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An English word which needs a prefix to be plural [duplicate]

Can you suggest a word in the English language which needs a prefix to be converted to a plural form?
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“One of the main problems was/were people doing X”

In the sentence from the title, is it was or were? To me, was sounds weird because there is a plural form coming right after, but were also sounds weird because it is one problem.
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Can “confusion” be plural?

Can confusion be spelled as a plural, as in: The child must sort out confusions of voice-to-print while reading. I thought confusion was "global" enough to mean "more than one." Can it be ...
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Five types of order vs Five types of orders?

I am a bit confused by the use of plurals. Let's say in this situation, when I am telling a person that there are five types of 'order method' for purchasing Product A, should I say "five types of ...
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Correct grammar for talking about multiple, single nouns [duplicate]

I'd like to know the definitions of both mathematical terms "consistency" and "completeness". Would I ask "What are consistency and completeness?" (i.e., the two nouns are singular, but together ...
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Word can be single or plural and is also possessive at the same time

I am trying to construct a sentence for a printed document that requires an odd usage of a noun that can be singular or plural but is also possessive. Here is an example of a sentence that contains a ...
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Is “research” singular or plural? [closed]

For example, used in a sentence of the form: His research on molecular biology and computational genetics is path-breaking... My own guess is that it refers to one body of work, hence singular. ...
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Is “star wars” equivalent to “wars of the stars” ? Then how about “world war”? [duplicate]

I have some questions: Why "star wars" and not "stars wars"? Is "star wars" equivalent to "wars of the stars"? In French it would be "les guerres des etoiles", what about the English version? If ...
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Pluralization of a letter [duplicate]

How do you pluralize a letter? For instance, for the letter a, do we write two as, two a's, or what? For the letter l (el), do we write two ls, two l's, or two els? "Is the capital of the ...
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Verb agreement in “[adjective] and [adjective] [noun]” constructions

Context: I am writing a short text to explain the main differences between Spanish passive sentences with "ser" and "estar", one of which is verb choice: sometimes the adjectival form should be ...
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Singular or plural verb after units of measure [duplicate]

Should the verb in the following sentences be singular or plural? Two cups of sugar [was or were] added to the recipe. Fifty cubic yards of contaminated soil [was or were] excavated.
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Why is the plural of reindeer sometimes “reindeer”?

Why is the plural of reindeer sometimes "reindeer"? Wiktionary has the following etymology: From Middle English, from Old Norse hreindýri ‎(“reindeer”), from hreinn + dýr ‎(“animal”). while the ...
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Singular or Plural Use of One Object in Two Locations

Should grand opening be singular or plural? The sentences in question: Celebrate the grand opening of Planet Fitness Mason and Planet Fitness Middletown for just one dollar! or Celebrate ...
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Can I use “any” with an object expressed in plural?

Which one is correct? "Any letter" "Any letters" Let me provide the context: "Are there any letters in the post box?"
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Use of singular/plural as a way to focus on the number sense

(I don't know if it is entirely appropriate to ask this question here but,) given the following phrases: The birthday of family members is... (celebrated based on the lunar calendar) The birthdays ...
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“There is a number of” versus “There are a number of” [duplicate]

As a native speaker, this sounds correct: There are a number of cows in that field. whilst this sounds totally wrong: There is a number of cows in the field. But arguably the second form ...
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“There is” and “there's” used before a plural word [duplicate]

I was just wondering how can you use "there is" followed by a word that is in plural, e.g "There's cupcakes in the fridge" and "There is a couple of things we can do --" Is it just slang?
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Door in plural in English plus can we say math? [closed]

Does the plural of door exist? Are these: Doors and roofs and why? Can we say math or it is only mathematics and maths that exist?
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“one of …” singular or plural? [duplicate]

One of the former student One of the former students Which one is correct, and why? Can any one explain it clearly?
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Is “premises” referring to a single property considered a plural noun?

Our church is installing a security system, and we are creating notification signs for the entrances. We want to use the word "premises" on the sign. I realize that the etymology of this word shows ...
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“sets A and B” or “A and B sets”

"sets A and B" or "A and B sets" is the same meaning in a statement? For examples: We combine sets A and B. or We combine A and B sets. Can anyone help to differentiate it? Tq.
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Number of genitive object in a nominal compound [duplicate]

Which of the following options is better? Do the two choices reflect any difference in meaning? "Matters regarding comments deletion" or "Matters regarding comment deletion" --Assuming the ...
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Should it be Boost/s, Make/s in this sentence?

I can't figure this one out: Secrets That Boost Productivity and Make Meetings Effective Should it be Boost or Boosts / Make or Makes here? I'm leaning towards Boost/Make, but I'm not sure. (I ...
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When lac can be written as lakh or lacs?

In India, 100 thousand is sometime referred to as 1 lakh, while sometime as 1 lac. I am not sure if lakh is correct. Sometimes, I find the people writing more than one lac (or lakh) as lacs (or lacs). ...
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Would “has” or “have” be correct here?

I was looking over another person's written article online. When leaving a suggestion in favor of the second of the two sentences below, I was told that the first is actually correct. The former is ...
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Which is correct? “While supplies last” or “while supply lasts?”

For marketing copy, is it correct to say "while supplies last" or "while supply lasts?" I've most often seen "supplies last" but I suppose "supply lasts" could be correct, too, depending on how you ...
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Do I focus on the cobblestone that pass under my feet or on the cobblestones?

Could the word "cobblestone" be used for a street made of cobblestones? Context: walking a street made of cobblestone(s), pondering.
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“Janus face” or “Janus faces”?

Which one is the correct spelling? In both cases, a google search seems to gives titles of journal articles. It is very strange for some journals to publish titles with wrong spelling. Yet, I cannot ...
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Singular and Plural [closed]

make the following sentence to plural A bird is on the tree (singular) Please let me know is it correct to say "Birds are on the trees or Birds are on the tree.
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Which is correct? “The people James is concerned about” vs “The people James are concerned about”?

This looks correct to me: The people James is concerned about This is what the spell checker is suggesting: The people James are concerned about? Context: I'm Australian writing and ...
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Is credentials singular or plural?

I know that the word credentials is the plural form of credential. And I'm referring to a single pair of username and password as credentials. Oxford dictionary also suggests that the word ...
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Should I prefer “my” or “our” when the object (a kid, a house) is “co-owned” by two people both present?

I was sitting on a couch between the wife and the husband of an old married couple (native English Londoners) and they were showing me pictures of their kids. They kept using phrases like here is ...
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Understand or understands [duplicate]

Which one of the following is correct? Allen is one of the few people who understands the importance of hard work. Allen is one of the few people who understand the importance of hard work. ...
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Should “riffraff”, when used as a subject, be treated as a singular or a plural noun?

riffraff (noun) people who are not respectable : people who have very low social status. Merriam-Webster doesn't say anything about number. The Free Dictionary says it can sometimes ...
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“There are no shortage of applications”

I've been having an argument with a colleague about this sentence, could you please let me know which one of us is correct: There are no shortage of applications for our product in this space. ...