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

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“Led Zeppelin was” vs. “Led Zeppelin were” [duplicate]

Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. (Source.) Is "were" really the right word here? It feels like it should be "was". After reading the answers and my own ...
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Plural of “lemma”? [closed]

Lemma is the singular form. What is the more correct plural form of lemma: lemmata or lemmas? What word should I choose for scientific article?
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How is everyone going with their/his/her assignment? [duplicate]

I wanted to email a group of students to check how they are going with their assignment and it occurred to me that "how is everyone going with their assignment" does not seem grammatically correct. ...
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Life or lives in this context [duplicate]

I have this sentence: The best engineers optimize every aspect of their lives. Should it be "lives" or "life"? I'm thinking lives because engineers is plural. Thanks
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Should I use “grid connectivity” or “grid connectivities”?

I am confused whether I should use connectivity or connectivities in the following sentence: This processor analyzes the statuses of various switches and circuit-breakers in the system and ...
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is pollution singular or plural? [closed]

is the word pollution singular or plural ? The confusion delivered when making these statement "pollution makes money, disease makes opportunity"
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“Preventing downtime and faults IS/ARE crucial”

Consider the following sentence: Preventing downtime and faults is crucial. Is or are? Why?
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What is the plural of peafowl?

So, “the peacock’s mission is clear: to create as many baby __ as possible.” Dictionary.com is frustratingly vague on this — it says: pea·fowl [pee-foul] noun, plural pea·fowls (especially ...
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When uncertain if refering to multiple or single should the plural form or singular form be used?

If asking a question or giving instruction towards a group of objects where the number is unknown (and possibly could be one) what is the correct way to phrase the sentence? Which of the following ...
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Origin of plurality of “wars” in phrases like “Star Wars”

There are a number of compounds in English of the form "noun wars," e.g. "Star Wars," "mommy wars," "culture wars." Why do these show "wars" in the plural? It seems like normally "wars" would pertain ...
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singular/ plural in the attributive

A doll house or a dolls house? Which is correct for the toy? ... There's that thing called Same Sex Couples Act; how about calling it Same Sex Couple Act? The question is - when should I put ...
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Meaning of the plural form of yarn

My dictionary defines the following: yarn: thread that has been spun, used for knitting, weaving, etc. I am unsure of the meaning of the plural form "yarns". To illustrate, I'll use two examples: ...
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Singular or plural in these sentences . . [duplicate]

I've often written sentences like these: The structure and linearity here is [are?]what is [are?] stifling creativity. Compare: The pencil and pen are in the room. [Where is seems wrong] The project ...
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Can I use the word “persons”?

I hope this is the correct place for my question. I didn't post in English learner site because it seems a more specific question. As everyone knows the plural of person is people, but I saw in a menu ...
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What is a misplaced modifier?

For example... The Animal Control representative described the lost puppy as a golden retriever wearing a silver collar weighing 150 pounds. In this case is "weighing" used correctly? My book says ...
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How to pronounce “users' email”? [closed]

Minutes ago, I was reading an article "Yahoo, Google and Apple also claim rights to read user emails". As usual I was reading it out loud, and I was stuck at "Following the revelation that Microsoft ...
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Plural nouns used as adjectives

The query might return a list of selected items in a shopping cart, or posts in active forums threads, or whatever your web application needs to retrieve from your database. active forums is ...
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Any opened supermarket near?

I want to know if this sentence is correct: Are there any opened supermarket near? If I want to place "Do you know" before the question, which is preferred? Do you know if are there any ...
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How can this sentence be corrected to be more concise and grammatically correct? [duplicate]

Is the following sentence grammatically incorrect because the word "they" is plural when there is only one teacher? How can it be corrected? Thomas may be afraid to speak to the teacher as he ...
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Neither is or are [duplicate]

Should this be neither is or neither are? Neither of these two books is suitable. Neither of these two books are suitable. Which one is correct?
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Can a singular noun be used to represent a category of things in a sentence subject?

Specifically, in following sentences, which ones are correct? Elephants are huge. The elephant is huge. An elephant is huge. Elephant is huge. I think 1 and 2 above are correct, but how about 3 ...
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Actual hours [is/are] greater than the estimates

Should I use is or are in this sentence? Actual hours [is/are] greater than the estimates.
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1 in 7 appleS becomeS green? or, 1 in 7 apple becomeS green? or, 1 in 7 appleS become green? [duplicate]

Which of the following is proper grammar usage? 1 in 7 apples becomes green 1 in 7 apple becomes green 1 in 7 apples become green
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Is “statistics” singular or plural?

Statistics shows that people are having fewer children these days! Statistics show that people are having fewer children these days! Which one is grammatical?
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Why is “charge” uncountable?

He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee. Why is charge uncountable here? God gave Joshua a charge. In this case, it is countable. I can't find authoritative sources.
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When to use is or are in a sentence listing items [duplicate]

search in records where fixtures; oil; gas or minerals; or timber are located. or search in records where fixtures; oil; gas or minerals; or timber is located.
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Is there a dash between “n-second” [duplicate]

Take the example "one-second interval". Is there a dash between "one" and "second"? Also, should second be plural if I say "three-second/s interval"?
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Why is this incongruity? [closed]

He sat over trays of food with John. They talked over a cup of coffee. Why is there plural in the first sentence and not in the second one?
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Should it be “no sign of” or “no signs of”?

I'd like to say: The calm, balmy evening air showed no sign of the carnage that would ensue. My question is: should it be "no sign of" or "no signs of"? Obviously the word "sign" is countable noun ...
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Should I use “toil” or “toils” when I refer to hardwork? [closed]

I know toil means hardwork, even physical labor. For example, I want to say: I'm prepared for the toil as a oilfield worker in Siberia. My question is: should this "toil" be "toil" (singular) or ...
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how the word “trait” is countable

I saw this sentence in a textbook: His physical traits have been given. We know that an abstract or non-physical thing is an uncountable noun. In this sentence the word "trait" means ...
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Multiples of the plural for spectrum

The plural for spectrum is spectra, but when talking about multiple groups of spectra, is it correct to use the word spectras ? How can multiple groups of spectra be referred to in a single word ?
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What is the plural of “How To”?

On a list of "How To" articles, should the title be "How Tos" or "How To's"? I think "How Tos" is technically correct (no apostrophe for plurals) but it reads like "How Toss" or "How Toes". "How ...
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Are “y”, “m”, and “d” the singular and plural abbreviations for “year(s)”, “month(s)”, and “day(s)”?

Are "y", "m", and "d" the singular and plural abbreviations for "year(s)", "month(s)", and "day(s)"? Examples: 1. The project took exactly 5y 2m 18d to complete. (If this is in fact correct, would ...
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“Mass communications shapes the world we live in”

I am editing a web page and came across this declaration: Mass communications shapes the world we live in It looks wrong to me, but I am wondering if it should be Mass communication shapes the ...
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Italics used for the plural treatment of words? [duplicate]

Do these look right to you? I'm pluralizing the following words. In doing so, I'm italicizing the word to be pluralized but not the 's': ands (instead of and's) wherefores (instead of wherefore's) ...
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How do you handle singular/plural for mathematical expressions that evaluate to 1?

I know that it is correct to say There is 1 composition of n. but what if instead of "1", I use an expression that evaluates to 1? For example, what is the grammatical number in these sentences? ...
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Verb agreement with two nouns

'Decades of research has/have shown' -decades is plural -research is murky I'd be inclined to write 'has' Thanks in advance Drew
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Plural of table leaf

In the context of a table leaf, what is the correct plural term, "table leafs" or "table leaves"?
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“all they need _is_ some words” or “all they need _are_ some words”

Which one is the correct form? "all they need is some words" "all they need are some words"
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“X of 1 Points” or “X of 1 Point”?

I am trying to express credit earned toward a total number of points, and I'm considering two ways to write it in the case where full credit is only one point: X of 1 points X of 1 point My ...
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Do you switch between things in plural?

I was just now watching a TV programme where a character said "I'm concerned when we switch brands of coffee". Ignoring the choice of: switch brands of coffee // switch coffee brands Is it ...
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One type of good - singular or plural

I've read conflicting advice on the use of the word "goods" in an economic context (e.g. "goods for sale"). One piece of advice is that it is a plural noun that should never be used singular (e.g. ...
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A noun that really does not have a plural [duplicate]

I recently wrote an answer about the verb agreement when using the word "some", and I needed a noun that didn't have a plural. I had a discussion about this with David M, that has been moved to this ...
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Is there a noun that doesn't have a plural in any of its forms?

While attempting to answer this question @ProgramFox has been trying to come up with an example of a noun with no plural. The best I've come up with is egotism and Judaism. (*Flux*may be a viable ...
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What is the plural of 'flux'?

I have mostly seen "fluxes" but I could not find a definitive answer in some dictionary. As it come from the French, I am enclined to think it is "flux" in the plural though. Edit : I am talking ...
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Would it be correct to say: The first few years of a child's life play a key role in their development

The first few years of a child's life play a key role in their development. or should it be The first few years of children's lives play a key role in their development.
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Plural possessives of words not ending in s

So I know the difference between "the dog's owner" and "the dogs' owner," but I'm wondering how to write the possessive for a word like maxima. Is it as easy as "the maxima's positions" or is there ...
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Subject–object agreement: which of these sentences is correct?

Corporations may not have a conscience, but they do have PR departments. Corporations may not have consciences, but they do have PR departments. Corporations may not have a conscience, but ...
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Register your interest/interests?

What would be the correct way of saying this: If you would like to register your interest in... If you would like to register your interests in... Both seem to sound correct to me but I was ...