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

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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 ...
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Problem with choosing between singular and plural nouns

I would like to find out how to use singular and plural nouns correctly. I have tried grammar books, but I can't find anything on agreements of nouns in the object position. Please kindly explain to ...
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“Pilgrims homelands'” or “Pilgrim's homelands”?

The context for this is that the group of pilgrims all come from different places. So how would I refer to the [many]pilgrims [many]homelands? I'm not sure where that apostrophe should go.... ...
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“Your 1 hour 6 minutes are up” / “Your 1 hour 6 minutes is up”

I'm not sure which of these is more correct. Your 1 hour is up. This is easy. Singular. Your 5 minutes are up Again, simple enough. Plural. Your 1 hour and 6 minutes is up. Your 3 ...
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“is” or “are” for x and y? [closed]

The boy and girl is going to the store. The boy and girl are going to the store. Which sentence is correct? I can't remember if 'x and y' is considered a singular or plural noun.
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Usage of 'commas' vs 'commata'

I've learned quite recently, that plural form from comma is commata (but commas is also correct, such as index-indices-indexes). I've learned the rule for German, and I've checked the English version ...
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“Their Own Pages” or “Their Own Page”

Your images will have their own pages/page. I want to talk about several images. Each image has one page. Should I use pages or page? Why?
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Is It “Category URLs” or “Categories URLs” [duplicate]

I want to talk about several categories. Each category has only one URL. Which one is correct and why? Category URLs Categories URL Categories URLs
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Plural form of “stuff”

Is it correct to use the plural form of stuff as in this sentence: I have packed all my stuffs. Should the singular be used or there is no difference in meaning?
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“more leads mean more sales” or “more leads means more sales”?

I was just wondering which one is grammatically correct. "more leads mean more sales" OR "more leads means more sales" Of course, "more leads" is plural, but the sentence implies ...
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“x and y are what drive them” vs “x and y are what driveS them”

Which of the following is correct? It seems evident that self-confidence and a desire for power are what drive them to enter this competition. It seems evident that self-confidence and a ...
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Is there a plural form of teeth? [closed]

Is teeth's a word? Would you say my teeth's enamel is coming off, or my tooth enamel is coming off?
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Climate change and the accompanying sustainability concerns is/are [duplicate]

I am not sure whether to use is or are in the following sentence: Climate change and the accompanying sustainability concerns is/are the defining theme(s) of the 21st century.
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Use of plural pronoun to avoid mentioning of gender

I'm aware that (at least today's) English allows the use of a plural pronoun to avoid mentioning a gender of the subject. Example: _"Everybody can do what they want to" instead of "Everybody can do ...
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“None of us is” or “none of us are”? [duplicate]

In the phrase "none of us is promised tomorrow", should it be is or are?
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What is a reasonable definition for “is”? What is the rule for inserting it in a sentence?

I am learning a foreign language with the help of an excellent tutor who speaks enough English for me to be able to understand them. The deal is, essentially, I correct their English if they ...
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Subject–verb agreement not clear in “Is two bars OK?”

Is the following correct? Can I get some chocolate for myself? Yes, you can but not much. Is two bars OK? Is there any rule to explain the sentence above? The dialogue's taken from Grammar ...
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Singular/plural in “no X since” vs “no Xs since”

I commented against an earlier question “No A or B” vs. “Neither A nor B” that in contexts such as The system has had no error since 2013 native speakers would invariably use the plural errors. As I ...
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Why is “data,” of all the abstract nouns in English, considered plural?

Most, if not all, of the abstract nouns I've come across are singular. Examples: 1. My love for him is great. 2. Peace is very difficult to achieve. 3. The temperature of that pot is very high. So ...
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What is the formal plural of the word theorem?

The word theorem comes from late Latin theōrēma and the Greek θεώρημα . If one wanted a plural form other than theorems that reflected its etymology, what would it be? I understand the standard ...
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“increase”, singular or plural?

In the following sentence: Furthermore, the tools require intensity data provided by an external software which, along with possible file conversion, increases the total execution time. Should ...
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How to correctly use the plural form of genus (genera)?

For example: Cercis, canna and catalpa are all genera of flowers – just doesn't sound right. How should it be used correctly? Thanks.
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“There was some attempts” or “there were some attempts”? [closed]

Is the grammar in the following Alice in Wonderland quote correct? Would it be more appropriate to use were given that the noun phrase is plural? There was some attempts at applause, which was ...
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What is the proper plural form of 'apparatus'?

Dictionary.com claims that the plural of 'apparatus' is 'apparatuses'. Surely that can't be right... isn't it 'apparati'?
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“[Is/are] X and Y the reason[s] you did Z?”

Is the violence and the abuse the reason you ran away home? Are the violence and the abuse the reasons you ran away from home? Is the violence and the abuse the reasons you ran away home? ...
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“Police have found what appear to be human remains.” versus “– What's in the box? – Chocolates to die for!” Why the different agreement? [duplicate]

In my CD-ROM version of the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, an example sentence for the verb 'to appear' is: "Police have found what appear to be human remains." Gruesomeness apart, what ...
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Is *Network operator* considered singular or plural? [duplicate]

Network Operator pays Company X, and Company X pays Ringtone Provider Network Operator pay Company X, and Company X pay Ringtone Provider Which one is correct?
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List of plural names of currencies?

Is anyone aware of a list of plural names of currencies? I don't really care what conventions are used; I just want to avoid using an obviously wrong plural form.
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Plural of “staff” (stick) — “staffs” or “staves”? [closed]

Which would be the correct use in the following sentence. I'm a Shepard and I have many staffs/staves.
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Why do more sentences start with 'data' as a plural, than when it is within the sentence?

I recently put together some Google n-grams for a short piece on the transition of the word data into a singular (mass) noun: Data are Beautiful: Data's story in grammar. There was one peculiar ...
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How do I pluralise a word that has a masculine and feminine singlar forms, for a mixed group?

This may be an ill-defined question since it arose from trying to pluralise a word that has come from French, I wanted to pluralise a pair flaneurs of different genders. Flaneur comes from the French ...
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Singular of “folks”?

It has been suggested to me that "fellow" is the corresponding singular version of the word "folks" in the context of "hey folks" or "listen folks" but it doesn't have the same gender neutrality.
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Gender specific language for one in a series of occurrences: does it imply something about the other occurrences?

A recent radio headline was Another member of the Canadian Armed Forces has taken his own life. This is the fourth suicide this week. The presence of the word another somehow left me with the ...
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Plural noun and plural adjective [closed]

Which is correct? If the editors start being pedantics then news won't reach us on time. If the editors start being pedantic then news won't reach us on time. And why?. P.S-:the confusion arose ...
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What is the difference between 'sometime' and 'sometimes'? [closed]

I wrote an erroneous sentence recently. My teacher corrected it. Here is the sentence. Thus, the driver experiences a poor vision while driving, or sometime a faulty vision due to reflection of water ...