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

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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. ...
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'serve the best interest of' or 'serve the best interests of'?

The sentence is Our vision is to become an employer of choice where our employees serve the best interests of the residents of our County. (Should it be interests or interest?)
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Should “the” be used in this sentence?

To make right decisions, see the big picture first. In this sentence (slogan), do you need to place "the" before the word "right"? We're having a discussion here and some people think that you ...
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Is it correct to use 'are' before 'something'? [closed]

In the sentence, Tell me if opinions are something I should steer away from. Is the use of "are" before "something" correct?
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Smoking habit vs Smoking habits

I have the following sentence: The text starts with the father enumerating some complaints about his daughter, most of them dedicated to her smoking habit. where my teacher has marked "smoking ...
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How does one pluralize a name that ends with a silent x?

My friend Paul Robichaux (noted O'Reilly author, Exchange MVP, and all-around good guy) was tagged in a Facebook post today in which the poster lamented that they “were missing a few tall ...
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We know where each other stand or stands? [closed]

Is "each other" singular or plural? As in We know where each other stand. or We know where each other stands. I think the first is correct, as "each other" is two people collectively. ...
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Singular or Plural after a List of Streets using “or”?

When writing a list of streets using "and", I can obviously pluralize. The event will take place on Maple, Walnut, and Orange Streets. When using "or", however, which is correct/best? The ...
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A group of boys is or are [duplicate]

A group of boys is playing football. A group of boys are playing football. My teacher told me the first sentence is correct since of boys can be ignored to make: A group is playing football. It feels ...
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Expenditure or expenditures?

Should we say "local expenditure" or "local expenditures"? I have seen both in academic papers: A pure theory of local expenditures and The politics of local expenditure I assume that ...
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Base and Exponent [duplicate]

My question is about base and power. How do you read 2^3? Two to the third or two to the three? which one is correct? In general, a^b is read "a to the b" or "a to the b-th?
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How you ask the the number of times something is being done? [duplicate]

Assume someone is eating an apple and this the third apple he is eating. You want to ask him a question to know if that is the first, second, third, fourth, .. apple he is eating. What you ask? (His ...
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I will show you what that MEAN or I will show you what that MEANS?

Please help! Which one is correct? I will show you what that MEAN or I will show you what that MEANS? "That" is singular so I think "Means" goes with it. However, I heard a line in an audiobook ...
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What's the plural of “Full English”?

Full English as in full English breakfast.
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Why Does “Results Processor” Sound Okay But “Scans Processor” Doesn't?

Why does "Results Processor" sound correct? A follow-up question would be, is it in fact grammatically correct? Plug in other plural words, though, like "Scans Processor" or "Apples Processor" and it ...
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Additional License or Additional Licenses

In my webpage, I have to get input from user to purchase addition license. Here my doubt is the lable should be Additional Licenses or Additional License. Ex: Additional License ($10 /license) < ...
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Are multiple criterion equivalent to criteria? [duplicate]

David would give it about 5 minutes even if it met every one of his criterion. David would give it about 5 minutes even if it met his criteria. Are both of the sentences grammatically correct and ...
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Two company names joined with & - singular or plural [duplicate]

AFMA & PFI invites you to attend the joint closing meeting... (or invite?)
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Why are scrambled eggs in the plural?

Scrambled eggs don't keep the form of eggs, and yet they are used in the plural. Are they countable? If so, how do you count them? One scrambled eggs and so on?
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Should nouns used as adjectives be in plural?

In Spanish, we say "Servicio de reservas" and in English we are in doubt about these options: Bookings Service Booking Service Booking Services The problem is that we think that the first one ...
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Why use the plural form for a single person? [duplicate]

Being a non-English native, I'm surprised when I read people who use a plural form when they're clearly talking about a single person. Here are two excerpts from a software I used to work on, written ...
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Changing pluralization [closed]

Can anyone give me an example of a sentence or phrase in which it is possible to change which words are pluralized yet is still makes sense?
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Number: at the end(s) of words

Which form is correct in the following sentence? Greek sigmas have a different form at the end of words? Greek sigmas have a different form at the ends of words?
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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: ...