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

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Does a group have an earache or earaches?

If I have a pain in my ear, I will say "I have an earache." Now what happens if I am talking about more than one person? Would I say "They have an earache", or "They have earaches"?
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How to say someone's home was something plural? [duplicate]

My true home were the streets of the suburb of XYZ. Not sure how to say that the streets (plural) were the home of a specific person. Using the word homeless would be against the intended meaning. ...
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Plural or singular- is either correct?

We are losing our abilty/abilities to write. Abilities is 100% a word. True, it can be viewed as a shared thing in that we all have the one ability. But I think you could also say that it can be ...
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Is this sentence “I barraged him with an interview” grammatically correct?

"I barraged him with an interview." The above sentence sounds wrong to me. I feel like you should barrage someone with either a plural (such as "I barraged him with questions.") or one of those ...
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Singular form of the verb when there are other verbs with ing

When you are writing a sentence like "embracing the variety of human beings brings you happiness", why do you have to write the verb in a singular form?
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Multiple memoirs about multiple authors' deaths

This sentence is from an image caption on the New Yorker's website: Memoirs rarely tremble with such life as when expressing their author's death. Why is it okay to say "their author's death" ...
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Trying to explain why the use of “sites” is plural in a specific phrase

I have written and feel that it is correct because it is relating to fixed location (The Terracotta Army). This historical sites story is beautiful. But I am unable to explain to a colleague why "...
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Usage of “this is” and “there are” [closed]

Is it clear to use "this is" for plural? To say, for example, "this is my legs"? Or may be the ONLY right variant is to use "there are" in this situation (there are my legs)?
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Appearances: Ambiguity in meaning

People care way too much about their appearance/ appearances? Google provides much more evidence for the singular but I have learnt not to trust it. In a formal essay I would opt for the plural ...
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Advice vs. Suggestion Why is the latter countable?

From an outsider, I think advice and suggestion have similar meanings. But I don't understand why the noun suggestion is countable whereas advice isn't. We can ask: Can you give me two or ...
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Should it be “there is a total of 378 vehicles” or “there are a total of 378 vehicles”? [duplicate]

I'm not sure if the subject is the total (in which case it would be "there is") or the vehicles (in which case it would be "there are"). I suppose another option would be to remove "total of" from ...
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“They're using a cell phone” vs. “They're using cell phones”

The usage of singular and plural has always been confusing for me. I often see sentences like these People are using cell phones. People are using a cell phone. Does the first ...
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Should I use 'leitmotifs', the plural of leitmotif, in academic English?

Should I, in an scientific book, use the word 'leitmotifs', the plural of leitmotif? Some dictionaries seem to know it in the plural form, but does it sound very weird or massively pretentious to the ...
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Is this sentence grammatical: “all there is, are idiolects?” [duplicate]

Someone please explain why singular to plural to singular is correct. In my opinion, this makes no sense. Edit for clarification of what I'm asking: My point is that double linking verbs are not OK ...
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Can adjectives get plural s?

Are the following sentences correct grammatically? 1- The war had two hundred woundeds. (And not wounded soldiers) 2- There are two modals in that sentence. (And not modal verbs) That is, can we ...
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A customer, customers or customer

Can anyone explain to me when to use 'a customer', 'customers' or 'customer'? For example, which of the following is the most appropriate? If customers have a problem, as a customer representative,...
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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, has/...
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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 chosen,...
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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?