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

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Why is it “gangster” rather than “gangsters”?

The suspect, along with his two younger siblings, became the most notorious gangster in the district. The suspect, along with his two younger siblings, became the most notorious gangsters ...
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Which one is correct — “facades weathering all weathers” or “facade weathering all weathers”? [closed]

On my website banner, I had a sentence that read "Facade finishes weathering all weathers". Somebody suggested to me to change it to "Facades weathering all weathers", stating that when action ...
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Grand (as in parents) — singular or plural?

In his song "White Wine in the Sun", Tim Minchin sings I'll be seeing ... my grand and my Mum. This apparently stands for grandparents, but what is the 'default' visualization of that word ...
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Plural negative [duplicate]

I want to make the sentence This creature does not possess a liver. into a plural form. Which of the following is correct? These creatures do not possess livers, or These creatures do not possess ...
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Singular or plural usage for ellipsis in direct object

Suppose I have the following sentences: There should be an X and a Y chromosome. There should be an X and a Y chromosomes. Is the second grammatically correct? If the last word had to be plural for ...
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Where should the apostrophe be for the singular and plural possessive forms of user? [closed]

My understanding of apostrophe usage for possessive forms of the word "user" is this: Referring to a single user - user's. Referring to multiple users - users'. Is this correct? If not, what is? ...
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There is/are for multiple subjects [duplicate]

Which one is correct? There is an apple and an orange.. or There are an apple and an orange?"
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Singular/plural possessive form of fish? [closed]

The singular form of fish is fish. The plural form of fish is also fish. What are their possessive forms?
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Plural of “uh-oh” and “oh-no”

Does the plural form of uh-oh and oh-no include an apostrophe? So is it "uh-oh's and oh-no's" or "uh-ohs and oh-nos"? I've seen it both ways and cannot find a definitive answer anywhere.
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“No restriction” vs. “no restrictions”

The data center must be flexible. There should be no restriction/restrictions on user's choice of protocols. What should it be?
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Plural possessive with compound subject [duplicate]

Is it "John and Becky's knowledge" or "John's and Becky's knowledge"?
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A date and time that suit you? [duplicate]

Which of these is correct? A date and time that suit you A date and time that suits you I have always had doubts about this.
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“Our head” or “our heads”? [closed]

When speaking of a group of people and referring to a body part of which there is only one (e.g. head, nose, mouth, etc.), do we use the singular or plural form? Which of the following is correct, or ...
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Plurals in titles of lists regardless of number of items

Not sure how to describe it, so here is an example. This looks right, even though “tests which failed” has only one item in the list: Tests which failed Test #1 Tests which passed ...
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Singular or Plural Before List? [duplicate]

I'm trying to write a list of features available in my product, and I'm confused what the title should be: Should I say "Features List" (features are plural) or "Feature List" (feature is singular). ...
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“India have won” vs. “India has won” [duplicate]

I would like to know when to use singular or plural verb agreement when talking about a country. E.g., India have won the match. India has won the match. Which statement is grammatical? ...
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Correct usage of lbs. as in “pounds” of weight

What is the correct way to say: "All items over 5 lbs. are excluded." I'm specifically asking about "lbs." or is it "lb."? American English if it matters. Also is "5lbs." ever correct? Or is it "5 ...
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Pluralization rules for descriptions

Consider a sentence of the following form: X, and the Y which comes with it, is good. Assume X and Y are nouns, and X is singular. Should "is" be replaced with "are"? Is there some other ...
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Savings and Costs Verb Treatment [duplicate]

So this has been bothering me for a while in the technical reports that I have been working on. I frequently come across these two sentences: The energy savings, ES, are estimated to be $100. and ...
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“Any” followed by singular or plural countable nouns?

This question has troubled me for ages despite my several attempts of looking it up in dictionaries or usage books. Do we say, "Do you have any ideas" or "Do you have any idea"? I do see an example ...
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How do you express a natural habit of a species?

I am curious to know about the plural/singular form of addressing a species. For example, which expression is correct or more appropriate: Lion does not eat wolf Lions do not eat wolves Or ...
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“1–2 minutes” or “1–2 minute(s)”

If we are using both singular and plural in the same sentence, how do we say or write it? For example, which one is correct? one to two minutes one to two minute(s) one minute to two minutes
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Which is right: “what pants is he wearing” or “what pants are he wearing”? [duplicate]

Since 'pants' is one of those always plural words, I can't figure out which sounds right.
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grammatical-number when subject and verb are separated by prepositional phrase [duplicate]

Is the following verb selection correct: "None of the 200 hospital patients was discharged today."
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“Copies of documents” vs. “copy of documents”

What is the grammatical difference between "copies of documents" and "copy of documents"? Same applies to other nouns. Also, an example will be very much appreciated.
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Plural or singular verb for collective term

Should the verb, in the following sentence, be singular or plural? A series of samples was produced. In a related question I found a reference. However the text in that reference seems to ...
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Not only X but also Y are (is?)

At first glance, sentence 1 below seems more correct because there are two subjects. However, something seems more natural about sentence 2. Maybe there is something abbreviated, elliptical, or ...
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What is the plural of “stiffness”?

I’m proofreading for a friend (not that I am an expert on English or his subject matter!), and he has used the word stiffnesss in an engineering context. I believed the plural should be stiffnesses, ...
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Plural or singular when stating that an amount is enough

A colleague of mine corrected the following sentence in a text I had written: A handful of iterations was generally enough for convergence. According to her it should be: A handful of iterations ...
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How to use “and” “is” “are” with locations [closed]

I am confused with how to use "is" and "are" with locations. Which is correct? a)Library and lecture room is crowded. b)Library and Lecture room are crowded.
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“A majority of those whose family” or “families”

Is "family" both plural and singular? or would I have to say families for the plural form? For example, which of these is the best option: "A majority of those whose family were unaware of their ...
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Is it incorrect to refer to a set of things by using the singular form of the objects it contains? [duplicate]

I'm sorry I couldn't word that better, the following example will hopefully clarify: As you can see, the teacher refered to the bank of words as "word bank", as opposed to "words bank". Which one ...
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“I have a pair of Google glass”?

How does one state they have a unit of the latest Google Glass glasses, given the way "glasses" is plural but "Glass" as in Google Glass, is not?
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Can “progeny” take the plural form?

There were things his grandchildren, in turn, should know. Yet he hesitated. How do you tell your children they are progenies of the self-proclaimed inventor of Manhattan clam chowder? (The New ...
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If the plural of ‘man’ is ‘men,’ shouldn’t the plural of ‘German’ be ‘Germen’?

What makes these two words so different that 'man' is changed to 'men', but 'German' is changed to 'Germans'?
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Is a range of dates singular or plural?

Given a sentence such as, "May 17-19 (is/are) available for our meeting," is it best to treat the "May 17-19" as a singular range or a plural number of dates?
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“Goose”–“geese” vs,. “moose”–“moose”

Why is it that the plural of one goose is geese but the plural of moose is moose? Same goes for house and louse. The plurals are houses and lice, respectively.
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When ordering coffee, do you say “two milks” or “two milk”?

I've already searched the site if this question had been asked before however I didn't find anything related to my question. Every time I order coffee some people sort of correct me by saying 2 milks ...
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How to pronounce the final “s” in plural nouns

Could you please help find which word below is pronounced differently from the rest with regard to the final s? caves marks exams days I choose number 2, marks.
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Can I use the word “milks” when discussing KINDS of milk

Heard at the cafe: "We have three milks: soy, almond, and cow." Is it ok to use the word "milks" in this context? I've heard it in other uncountable nouns, like "essential oils", or "simple sugars", ...
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Apostrophe Usage with Arkansas [duplicate]

Currently, we are having an issue at work where we may not be able to tack on apostrophes to words programmatically, in order to make them possessive, because of certain edge cases; such as Arkansas' ...
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“[adjective] and [adjective] [noun]” — Should the noun be singular or plural?

In a scientific paper I submitted, a reviewer suggested that I change the sentence The operation just substitutes "(m, l)" with "m" on both the sender and the receiver side. to The operation ...
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“One blue ball and one red ball is” or “are”? [duplicate]

Which is correct? One blue ball and one red ball is preferred. One blue ball and one red ball are preferred.
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How do you pluralize “cuirass”? [closed]

I've had a hard time finding the plural form of the word "cuirass". I know it's a Latin word, but is there any common English (or Latin) pluralization?
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Origin of plurals and possessives

What is the origin of English plurals and possessives? English plurals look more French plurals, but I am not sure that is where they come from. As for possessives, I don't know where they come from.
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“The doors is closing” — correct?

A friend of mine tried to convince me that the expression "the doors is closing" is correct. It sounds completely wrong to me, but googling for it turns up some results.
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How to reverse sentence so that their subjects and verbs agree? [closed]

How do you reverse the following sentence so that the subject agree with their verb............? The president as well as his assistant have declined every comment. The government’s reason ...
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Height and weight written out

In formal writing I like to do this (in British style): The infant weighed 10lb 5oz; a 10lb 5oz infant He was 6ft 3in tall; a 6ft 3in man My question is about the plural usage: do we ...
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Attribute of multiple entities

Which is the correct form of an attribute related to multiple entities? For example, which is the correct form of position? The position of the circle and of the square is wrong. The ...
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Do you put an 's' at the end of acronym? [duplicate]

For example, is it FAQs or just FAQ? I guess it's either: Frequently Asked Questions or "Frequently Asked Question"s