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

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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: ...
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What word means 'discrete piece of knowledge'?

In my understanding 'knowledge' is one of a group of nouns in English that is characterized as uncountable (meaning 'knowledge' should never be made plural). If that is the case, is there a word in ...
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made up of “many tiny invisible bits” or “many tiny invisible bit” [closed]

In the context of something is made up of many tiny part(s), which is the correct sentence/grammar. made up of many tiny invisible bits or made up of many tiny invisible bit ? also would I need ...
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Singular and plural mess-up for an algorithm

How do I define a term and then use it in singular or plural context? Here is the problem: I am looking for a word which would collectively define the parameter setting for all the parameters in an ...
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Does one ever use apostrophes when writing plurals? [duplicate]

I am writing an essay on blood types and the Japanese culture, and I am not quite sure if my use of apostrophes is correct. I've read through this article, Apostrophes, but I can't seem to find this ...
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What's the correct verb matching for a 'who' referring to the subject of a previous independent clause?

I was proofreading today and came to a weird situation. Maybe I've stared at it too long and I just need to rest my brain. Here was the sentence: "You can rest assured that the question is ...
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Pumpkin Noodles is a thing or are a thing? [closed]

Which of the following is correct? How come pumpkin noodles is not a thing? or How come pumpkin noodles are not a thing? I want to post one of the above statements to Twitter with a picture of a ...
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Should invention be plural in the phrase “one of the greatest invention”? [closed]

Should invention be plural in the phrase "one of the greatest invention" ? Gramarly claims that invention should be plural. Is Gramarly correct? Why or why not?
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There are content that is good. Would this be a correct sentence?

There are content that is good. It uses "are" and "is" in the same sentence. Is that correct?
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Have or has, which goes with doesn't everyone? [closed]

In the sentence "Doesn't everyone have a basket?" Should it be "Doesn't everyone has a basket?"since everyone is singular?
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What is the correct plural of “mantis”?

This question is related to the plural of "octopus" (yet another ancient Greek loanword animal): What is the plural of "mantis"? Oxford Dictionaries suggests "mantis" or "mantises". Merriam ...
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Debate, Bare Plurals, and Mass Nouns

The current high school debate resolution is “Resolved: In the United States criminal justice system, jury nullification ought to be used in the face of perceived injustice.” Although the resolution ...
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Is it CEOs or CEO's when referring to more than one CEO [duplicate]

For Context, this page refers to it as CEO's https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbeAyhfkF0Q
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agreeing articles and the noun in enumeration

I'm writing a technical paper, where I discuss the behavior of contacts between two slightly different materials. What is the correct way to write it: A contact between a green and a red balls A ...
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What's the proper answer to the question “Is Eri's host family kind to her?” [duplicate]

A friend of mine is an Assistant Language Teacher at a junior high school in Japan. The textbook for the grade eight class has the question "Is Eri's host family kind to her?" If I were to answer ...
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Should the word 'partner' be plural or singular in this sentence?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broad_Institute The Eli and Edythe L. Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard (), often referred to as the Broad Institute, is a biomedical and genomic research center ...
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Plural of Leroux

I am trying to write thank you cards and I want them to say "from The Leroux(s)". Last name is pronounced Luh-Roo, so the X is silent. How do I write that? Lerouxs??
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Plural of Quorum or synonym thereof

I am writing some APIs and documentation. We have configurable "voting rules" which are methods for deciding when a business process may proceed. Some examples: First valid response Majority Super ...
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'We are wearing a jacket' or 'we are wearing jackets'? [duplicate]

I’m having a hard time distinguishing the following sentences. Which one is correct? We are wearing a jacket. and We are wearing jackets.
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Singular vs plural noun following list

In the following sentence should cheese be singular or plural? Pizzeria-style crust topped with herbs, spices, Mozarella, Provolone and Parmesan cheese/cheeses & pepperoni. Pepperoni must ...
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What is the plural of Interleaving? [closed]

My computer shows a spelling mistake when I use the word Interleavings instead of Interleaving. But I see my lab mates use this word quite often in their papers. Can anyone help me understand what ...
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Why are plurals ‘*humen’ and ‘*Germen’ not conventional?

Studying English in school as a second language, I learned that human being would be the proper noun to describe a member of the Homo sapiens species, but it seems human is perfectly acceptable in ...