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What is the plural for the Book of Mormon?

What is the plural for the Book of Mormon? “Books of Mormon” would be changing the title of the book. “Book of Mormon's” Would be possessive, and “Book of Mormons” sounds like it was as if it was a ...
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“The best and brigthest is…” or “the best and the brightest are…”?

I asked a question on another StackExchange site, and used "the best and brightest..." as a singular "noun"/expression. However, one of the people that commented used "the best and the brightest..." ...
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Plural of 'yes'

What is the plural of yes? Googling brings up many different suggestions from different sources. Yesses Yeses Yes's Yes' ?
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Singular vs Plural number 21, 101 & etc [duplicate]

When talking about number 21, 31, 101, 1231 & etc ( ends with "one" ), should we use singular or plural word for units. E.g. should I say "21 apple" or "21 apples"? Or, "101 apple" vs "101 ...
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Why is “How are you” but not “How is You” correct? [closed]

My English is not very good. I just want to ask this simple question: "These are","this is", "those are", "that is" means "are" is used for plural, but when asking to someone how is he, why people ...
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Unsure which possessive form to use [closed]

If I say The first *groups presentation was on insects. is it group's or groups'?
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Can I say “stuffs” as a plural noun?

I know that "stuff" is a collective noun, but other collective nouns like "family" can be pluralized, but "stuffs" doesn't sound quite right to me. However, the spell check on my browser says that ...
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Is the phrase “this will blow your and your friends’ minds.” correct?

I couldn't find this specific type of phrase on here yet. I'm especially not sure whether to use the plural in this phrase. Should I use your and your friends' -mind- or -minds-?
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Hour minute format pluralization in a specific context

Check the following screens: https://www.dropbox.com/s/bp40q2yqk4xatzc/11.png https://www.dropbox.com/s/cobof2uvk6htwv9/1.png you can see that I'm not consistent with the hour format. My question ...
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“Crucial to cell division is/are the alignment and segregation”

I'm in the process of writing a research paper for school. Looking back at the introduction of my original research proposal (which I'm using as a scaffold for my current paper) I realized that the ...
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Everyone singular or plural in “except” questions [duplicate]

1)Everyone, except Jess and Susie, was present at the company meeting yesterday. 2)Everyone, except Jess and Susie, were present at the company meeting yesterday. Which is correct?
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“Work” (noun) is plural or singular?

I couldn't find an answer to this question by searching the archive. If it's duplicate please let me know, and I'll remove it. I was wondeing if "work" (noun) is plural or singular? for example, I ...
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Are two singular nouns together singular or plural?

I'm writing a research paper with several classmates for school. However, there's a sentence that we, as well as others who have reviewed our paper, disagree with on how to write. Which sentence is ...
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How and why to conjugate verb with and/or subject

Which of the following statements is correctly conjugated? Is there a rule or explanation for conjugating verbs with and/or subjects? The X and/or Y is true. or The X and/or Y are true. ...
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“I” instead of “We”

In Toronto, when you ask for something in a store and they don't have it, the person you ask will usually respond "I don't have it". Is this something related to the English language itself that I ...
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Plural or singular meaning of the word “Filter” in a phrase “Filter updates”

I would like to know if the phrase: "Filter updates" means "updates of filters" or "updates of 1 filter". So can this phrase "Filter updates" be used in plural meaning, so to say? Instead of saying ...
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How to make Fisher's exact test plural [closed]

How would I say the plural form of "Fisher's exact test". Would it be "Fisher exact tests?". Here's a fragment: We also compared different groups using "Fisher Exact Tests". Thank you for your ...
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uncountable noun + and + uncountable noun [duplicate]

Which sounds better? There is water and butter in my fridge. There are water and butter in my fridge. I think it should be: is. But what if we said: How much flour and butter is needed to ...
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why is there a difference in the usage of “neither…nor” in similar sentences? [duplicate]

look at these two sentences: neither the coach nor the players are going to the beach. neither the players nor the coach is going to the beach. why does one sentence use "are" while the other has ...
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Yourself vs Yourselves

Which of the following is correct- Keep those smiles to yourself or Keep those smiles to yourselves When referring to more than one person
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“Find ten apples and oranges” Do I find 10 or 20?

If I read the sentence Find ten apples and oranges. Do I need to find ten or twenty pieces of fruit?
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“If there are 0 or 1 messages” or “If there is 0 or 1 message”?

I'm trying to say "Do something if there are 0 or 1 messages" but am not sure exactly how to phrase that. Do I use the singular, plural, or none of the above?
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Other academic field distinctions like math vs maths

Growing up in the US, I was taught to say "math" and the British "maths" sounded very awkward to me until I noticed mathematics had an 's' at the end, and it occurred to me that it could be considered ...
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performance: plural vs singular? [duplicate]

I am confused with the use of plural or singular with the word "performance". My context is the following: I am running multiple experiments in order to evaluate the performance(s?) of an algorithm. ...
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Who(m) I have left out [duplicate]

In the acknowledgments of my thesis, after a long list of names, I (also) want to thank "[...] all other supportive people who**m** I have inevitably left out". Does this look appropriate? In ...
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“Is there any news” or “are there any news”? [duplicate]

Which is better? Which is grammatically correct? Is there any news about my candidacy? Are there any news about my candidacy?
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When using the singular pronoun “they”, should the verb be in the 3rd person singular or the 3rd person plural?

A person who has perfectly good relations with their father, who loves their father, and has a great respect for them, can never shout at him like that. A person who have perfectly good ...
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One has to cook himself or themself? [closed]

Wanted to know which form is better and why One has to cook himself? OR One has to cook themself?
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Conjugation of answer to “How much money is there?” [duplicate]

I'm using a website - www.ixl.com - to teach my child how to count American coins, amongst other activities. The site also has many questions on English grammar. One thing that doesn't seem right - ...
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Item queue vs items queue? Files list vs File list? [duplicate]

My question is connected with programming. I'm not sure how to name my class. Should it be ItemQueue or ItemsQueue? We are talking about queue, which stores many items. We can add new ones or remove ...
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Use of “contretemps”

According to Oxford Dictionaries, contretemps means "an unexpected and unfortunate occurrence". What is the plural of it, if it exists, and how do I use it in a sentence? Do I say "contretemps ...
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Does addition of clause change tense [duplicate]

For example, which of the following sentences is correct: Jack, and his partner Jill, offer a new perspective on child-rearing. Jack, and his partner Jill, offers a new perspective on child-rearing. ...
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“X in Japan is different from [that/those] in other countries”

I was wondering if the following sentence is clear: The book industry in Japan is very different from [that/those] in many other western countries. My questions are: Is it correct to use that ...
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I am still confused about have or has [duplicate]

This is the sentence: "... Has established a committee who has/have been appointed as the custodians of ..." Do I use has or have? Do I use custodian or custodians?
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View “Content” or “Contents”

We're providing a web service where users can create topics and categories. A category can either just be a list of topics or have authored content(s) in addition to a list of subtopics. It is ...
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Plural form of these two sentences [closed]

I'm helping my cousing with some English exercises but I don't imagine what would be the plural form of these two sentences: What is this? What is that? I'd say:" What are these?" and "What are ...
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Using a singular to mean a plural

Suppose I have a sentence of the form: Ahead I see a red door and a blue door - the path to each is similar. Is this grammatically correct? It sounds odd if I pluralise "path", but this version ...
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“there were enough room” or “there was enough room”

Which is the correct verb, should it be singular or plural? 1.) "There were enough room." or 2.) "There was enough room."
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Americans can eat Chinese, but Chinese can't eat Americans?

No offence!! Please take it just for knowledge. I heard one of my friends saying Americans can eat Chinese but Chinese can't eat Americans. He said so for fun, and everybody was just laughing. But I ...
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What is the plural of “hair” when it refers to the hair of multiple people?

I understand that "hairs" is plural when talking about multiple hairs, as in "my hairs have split ends", and that "hair" is singular when talking about ones collection of hairs, such as "my hair is ...
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Is “Here's some tips” correct? [duplicate]

If I say "here's some tips", is that correct? Doesn't sound right to me. I would have thought it should be "here are some tips".
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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 ...