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

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“Population”. Is it plural or singular? [duplicate]

For example, should I say: The target population was selected ... OR The target population were selected ... (please ignore passive voice issue)
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Their likes Vs. their ilk

E.g: I can't trust the likes of these politicians. I can't trust these politicians and their ilk. Why is it incorrect to say *like instead of likes or *ilks instead of ilk? Also, does like derive ...
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Grammatical number for nouns, separated by 'or', in an interrogative?

Let S denote a singular noun and P a plural. Then in an interrogative, how do you determine the verb's grammatical number? I recollect that I read a claim, possibly on ELU, that in a declarative ...
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Is a number range always plural?

If I were to say "2-3 weeks" it seems clear that weeks should be plural. Are there any cases where a number range would not be plural (e.g. 0-1 week or 0-1 weeks)? Would it matter if the usage was ...
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Plural or singular noun when it refers to two things in a list

I wonder which of the two is correct: I have a red and a blue car. I have a red and a blue cars. or Everyone has a left and a right arms. Everyone has a left and a right arm. ...
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Which one is correct for the usage of “s” suffix for multiple name exposition word case?

Assumed A, B, and C are book name, which one of the following sentence is correct for the usage of "s" suffix in "book" word? Are the A, B, and C books inside the box? Are the A, B, and C book ...
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“I am looking for soaps” or “I am looking for soap” - which one is better?

I think that if I want to ask for something or discuss something an ”s” is needed at the end of a noun, but I don’t know why a singular noun is not sufficient? Every time I have asked a shop ...
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When should I write “some stratagems” and when “some stratagem”?

Instances of "some stratagems": 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 Instances of "some stratagem": 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 Is "stratagem" plural noun itself? (like phenomena) If so, is it possible to use "s" to make it plural ...
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Just a thought: “a lot of water” --> plural? [duplicate]

Can we label the phrase "a lot of water" as the pluralized form of "water"? "a lot of" = expresses that something has a large amount plural = more than one in number But since we still cannot count ...
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woman vs women plurality

I hope this is not ridiculous to ask (and I will try to focus on a question, rather than discussion) but have I missed something regarding the use of the word women to refer to a single person? I have ...
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Conditional: More than 1 [duplicate]

The stoplight turns green if there (is/are) more than 1 car(s) waiting I'm having a bit of trouble figuring out the above statement. Which configuration is correct? This is odd, as I'm a native ...
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singular plural and word order [duplicate]

Good morning! "The main cause appears to be the gases we are releasing." I have two questions: - Shouldn't it be "appear to be" since we are talking about the gases (plural). - Is the word order ...
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How many kinds are one? [duplicate]

Is "kind", as a noun, singular, or plural? People nearly always say "these/those kind of (things)" rather than "this/that kind of (things)" makes more sense.
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Grammar question: firm or firms?

I came across this while checking on some sports news: The team will be officially on the market next week, according to a league source. The Hawks have retained investment banking firm Goldman Sachs ...
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Just Governments and Bare Plural

In high school debate, we have resolutions or topics. This year, our topic is, "Just governments ought to require employers to provide a living wage." In order to form arguments, debaters have to ...
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Is percent singular or plural?

I’m writing a dissertation on network security. I’m unsure which of the following to use: ...89.9%, which is 57 million users. ...89.9%, which are 57 million users. Technically it should be are ...
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Pluralizing Noun Phrase?

Question regarding plurals: Let's say I own a restaurant, and each day I feature two new soups. Are these soups called soups of the day? or soup of the days? Then, let us say my restaurant only ...
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When can compound adjectives be plural? [duplicate]

I am helping to correct some errors in a game manual not originally written in english. I've come across a bit that I'm not sure what to do with. The game consists of several 90-minute matches. My ...
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The hidden flaw in “singular they”—what to do about reflexive pronouns?

We have a highly regarded answer by nohat to a question about gender-neutral pronouns, in which he points to the "singular they" and its long history of use in English. (Note that he also advises ...
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Is “a group” singular or plural?

I was wondering what number the verb 'to snowboard' should take in the following sentence: A group of men, led by Olympic athlete John Rider, snowboard(s) down the gently sloping hills. Because ...
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“Who are” vs “who is” [closed]

Sentence: it's not what's on the table that matters, but who (is/are) in the chairs. I thought are might be correct because of plural chairs, but family members disagree.
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What is the noun in the second sentence?

This is a continuation of the question at A significant amount of zombies were detected in your city which raised further questions in my attempted answer. There were purchases. A significant ...
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Plural or singular [duplicate]

This sentence is from IELTS-teacher Youtube video (time 19:01): A very important aspect of teaching is the ability of the teacher to shape their teaching style to the needs of their students. My ...
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A significant amount of zombies were detected in your city

Can anyone please help and tell me if this sentence is correct? "A significant amount of zombies were detected in your city." In my opinion it should be "A significant amount of zombies was ...
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“everyone”, “everybody”, “everything”, and “everywhere” - singular or plural. [duplicate]

Are "everyone", "everybody", "everything", and "everywhere" singular or plural. I have found people who are say they are singular but also people who say they are plural. I can anyone give me an ...
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plural possessive form of a mutated plural?

Here are two examples of mutated plurals: more than one goose= geese; more than one man= men 1)Say you had 2 or more groups of geese. I.e. group #1= African geese & group #2=buff geese. If you ...
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Usage of Parenthetical Plural

I am trying to rewrite two sentences like the following into a single sentence using a parenthetical plural: 1: The rule will add an assertion. 2: The rule will add assertions. Combining ...
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Is “a row of” plural or singular?

I see an example in Longman dictionary. For the word of "toolbar", it says, "a row of small pictures at the top of a computer screen that allow you to do particular things in a document". I am ...
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“any product group” or “any product groups”? [duplicate]

I can't decide, both sounds right and return results on Google. So is it "any product group" or "any product groups"? Context: The context is that some product can has sub-product that are part of ...
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Question about correct verb [duplicate]

Which is correct: All you need is two nights a week. OR All you need are two nights a week.
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“We make an identity for ourselves” or “We make identities for ourselves?”

The question is in the title. Which one is better? Why?
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Is it a big mistake if I say “The thing I love are flowers”? [duplicate]

So I was wondering if both forms are correct The thing I love is flowers and The thing I love are flowers
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There's and enumeration [duplicate]

There is one cup, one plate, and one spoon in the drawer or There are one cup, one plate, and one spoon in the drawer Which one should i use? There's sounds more natural, but I feel like ...
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Should I say “metal” or “metals” when I'm talking about multiple units of the same type of metal?

My question involves a term that occurs in a game called Refined Metal. It's used to describe an item, such as when exchanging game coins. I am semi-arguing with my wife about whether I need to use ...
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Item collection or items collection? [duplicate]

To indicate "a collection of items," do you say "an item collection" or "items collection"? What's the rule? A quick comparative Google Books search indicates that the first form is more common than ...
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do you pluralize the singular possession of a plural group?

In a situation where you are speaking to a group of men — for example on a sign passed by many married men — which is correct: "Remind your wife" or "Remind your wives"?
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Should it be for example “product prices” or “products prices” [duplicate]

I don't know what are the correct terms for this question. Which form is correct for cases of multiple plural nouns, both should be plural or only the second one, for example: product prices or ...
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Is it “brown bowl set” or “brown bowls set”? [duplicate]

I'm struggling to find a reason for making it "brown bowl set" without the plural? Please note that this is just a product description on an e-commerce site and the phrase won't be used in a full ...
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correctly dotting the “i”s and crossing the “t”s in the expression “dotting the i's and crossing the t's” [duplicate]

I've found questions here at ELU related to the meaning of the expression (I'm clear on that), but this is about the best way to punctuate the expression in the title. Possibilities: a. It's ...
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Why is it “Anybody have…?” instead of “Anybody has…?” here?

See the text below: Let's hear it for Apple's very first touchscreen device, the Newton MessagePad. Anybody have one of these? Notice the last sentence in the above snippet. Shouldn't it read ...
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Is the plural form of ID spelled ID's or ID? [duplicate]

How to write or tell that collection of Email ID's has been attached.
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She sets off for India or She set off for India

I want to say she's going on a journey with the words "set off". Should it be 1 or 2? She sets off for India. She set off for India.
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Reservation or reservations?

I have booked a table for ten at a restaurant. Now, I need to inform them that I have done so. Do I say,"The reservations are for 11.30." or "The reservation is for 11.30." ? Alternatively, can I use ...
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The Plural of Email - Emails? [duplicate]

I debated with my peers that we can use the word emails when referring to more than one and it would be grammatically right. But most of them said since we don't say we received mails today, ...
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I want to know when to use “has” or “have” with “who” [duplicate]

In the sentence, "We want to know who have to pay.", why does "who have" sound wrong?
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Are words like “scissors” plural?

I never hear "scissor" or "pant" or "jean". It's always "scissors", "pants", and "jeans", respectively. Are they considered plural?
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What should we use instead of “it” when to emphasize more?

We use it when emphasizing that we refer to one particular thing. For instance, "It is Lawrence you should be talking to". Or, "It was malaria that killed him." What pronoun should we apply when we ...
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Smoking, drinking and eating are not allowed

I live in Bangkok and on the intercom in the subway they constantly say Smoking, drinking and eating are not allowed. To me it sounds weird. I’d say Smoking, drinking and eating is not allowed. ...
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Is literature as in 'the literature' singular or plural

When referring to literature in the sense of academic literature or philosophical literature I have sometimes heard people use the noun as if it were similar to the word 'people.' For example: 'The ...
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Is there a singular-plural conflict in the song title “Terror Couple Kill Colonel”? [duplicate]

I'm not English-speaking, and I'm wondering about the title of the song by band Bauhaus - "Terror Couple Kill Colonel" "Kill" implies a singular subject, yet couple refers to multiple subjects. Why ...