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Can you use “team” in plural or singular only? [duplicate]

Is it correct to say "The development team are seeing a new trend", when you're certain that the team consists of several members? Or, is the word team strictly singular in any context?
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Use of don't and doesn't [duplicate]

In the following sentence which is correct, and why? As homeschool moms, we know there (don't/doesn't) seem to be enough hours in the day to tackle all that we want to teach our girls.
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when and how I can use plural form of a noun.

I am still confusing on when I should use plural form of noun. For example, "Nancy survived her five-hour ordeal by following another intuition: She engaged the dangerous stranger in constant ...
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the 90s “were” or “was” the best decade

"the 90s were the best decade ever" or "the 90s was the best decade ever" "the 90s" and "decade" are both referring to the same singular period of 10 years, so "was" seems to make more sense. "90s ...
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“What days are the library open” vs. “What days is the library open”?

I feel instinctively that the former is correct. However, the phrase "... are the library open" seems strange to me. What is the grammatical rule makes one of these correct over the other?
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“Is” or “are” when one item is singular, the other plural [duplicate]

Would you say: There is no fire or hot ashes in the fireplace. or There are no fire or hot ashes in the fireplace. And where does that question mark go?
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Why is a team name used as it were plural? [duplicate]

Like in team X take advantage! instead of takes advantage. Why is it so? Of course, team consists of several members, but team itself is a whole single unit and every time casters use it in plural ...
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Verbal phrase as object complement

I have you returning the car on August 9 here at the airport. Dose "returning the car" act as an participle phrase as an object complement ? OR Does the phrase "returning the car" act as an object ...
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Participle phrase v.s Gerund phrase

Question : "I saw a man wearing a pink shirt as he came into the house." As a object complement, which phrase complete the object in the sentence above? Participle or gerund phrase?
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Everything happens for a reason

Why can't it be "all things happen for reasons" but "all things happen for a reason"? Please help! I am stuck in here!
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Plural of “coming out?”

As "coming out of the closet" has become ubiquitous in recent years, what would the plural be? Would it follow the rule of "goings-on" or be a hyphenated "coming-outs" or something else entirely?
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“Both the earth and the moon do not shine by their own light[s]”

Both the earth and the moon do not shine by their own light/lights. Which is grammatical, the singular, the plural, or both?
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Using an abbreviation for 50 pence pieces, 50ps or 50p's?

When using an abbreviation for a coin such as the english 50 pence piece it is 50 p. But how do we make this a plural? 50ps or 50p's? In the following context: I have nine 50 pence peices. In speech ...
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“Are” or “Is” when linking two singular nouns in a sentence?

When you are talking about about two singular nouns and link them together in a sentence with a conjunction such as "and" which verb form is correct? For example, would you say "Where is the broom ...
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Using “It's” with plural [duplicate]

Is this correct: "It's parents who choose kid's future". "Parents" is plural, but as for me "it's" seems fine here. I don't even know which other verb to use with plural noun here. This case is ...
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a huge amount or huge amount

I want to say having too much data , we need to have a good solution to proceed them. so the statement is : Having a huge amount of data, a huge amount of computing is needed. now the question ...
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Four questions about prepositional phrases [closed]

Q1 : Is it possible for a prepositional phrase to modify adjectives when being used adverbially? Q2 : Is the prepositional phrase used adverbially in this sentence? "I'm so angry (with my brother)." ...
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Is the word 'group' singular or plural in sentence: “My group of tenth-graders is/are so well behaved?” [duplicate]

I have read similar questions on this forum and as per best of my knowledge it should be considered plural because it's referring to every student of class. I read this sentence in my grammar book: ...
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''some theory'' vs ''some theories''

I was wondering which one of the two is correct: ''he had some interesting theory to share'' or ''he had some interesting theories to share'' The latter sounds correct, a friend backed me on ...
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Should “was” or “were” be used here? [duplicate]

I was reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and in chapter 5 (“Fallen Warrior”) I came across the following sentence: The suddenness and completeness of death was with them like a ...
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Grammatical number of expressions following “each”

I have difficulties in using each. Which would be correct in the following sentences? They are each connected to a hydrogen atom/hydrogen atoms. They each are connected to a hydrogen ...
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Can a pronoun and its referent have different plurality?

(Hello, everyone. I am new to this community and also not familiar to English, so if this posting does not meet your standard or tradition, please let me know.) My question is as the title says: Is ...
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Apostrophe use in singular (and parenthesized plural) possessive noun(s)

How would one combine the sigular and plural possessive forms of contractor into one form? Like for example contractor’(s’). A friend of mine is busy editing a fairly technical document and arrived ...
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“this, this and this”: plural or singular?

My comment from meta.SO: And finally, the style of bagdes should be the same on this, this, and this page. At the point where I'd say page/pages, am I talking about the group of three pages, or ...
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Any singular word ending in 's'? [closed]

Singular word that ends in 's' seems to be rare, not counting proper nouns. So far I only know lens. Is there other example?
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Grammatical number of compound subjects with indefinite pronouns

Nobody from the Police Department and nobody from the Fire Department is/are going to the rescue. Which verb agreement is grammatical or preferable for other reasons? Similar examples: ...
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server replication or servers replication

In the title of a paper I'm writing, I want to talk about "replication" of servers, but I'm not sure if the object of replication should be written in singular or plural form. Should I write ...
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“group have” vs “group has” [duplicate]

Do you say: That group has dogs or That group have dogs I'm not too sure which one is right. I'm just confused because I'm not sure whether the word, group, is plural or not
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Problem in 'talking to a lot of people' [closed]

I told my friend that "I am talking to a lot of people" and he said this sentence is not correct. Can anyone help me find out what's wrong with the following sentence: "Talking to a lot of people"
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Does speed limit become plural when referencing two roads?

When writing about the speed limit on two different roads, is it correct to say: "The speed limits on Hunt Brothers Road and State Road 17 will both be reduced to 45 miles per hour," or "The ...
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What is the plural for timeout?

In basketball, football, hockey, and many other sport the teams get a set number of timeouts. I was watching a summer league NBA game and there were some stat nerds talking and one referenced that ...
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What is the Plural of staff?

i am a teacher and we are in doubt if the plural form of Staff is staffs. we have been debating on this topic.
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Plural or singular in many nouns expression

What is gramatically correct to say: a specific type of solutions introduces or a specific type of solutions introduce
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“May those hoping to enjoy their future waste none of their present.” Correct?

Is that sentence correct, or would "future" and "present" need to become plural ("futures" and "presents")? Those as plurals sound weird to me. If my original sentence isn't grammatically correct, ...
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What's the difference between “him/her” and “them”? [duplicate]

Consider this sentence: Apparently, this user prefers to keep an air of mystery about them. What I'd like to understand is why and when should them be used instead of him/her?
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Is it the Whitehaven Boy's Soccer Booster Club [duplicate]

Or is it the Whitehaven Boys' Soccer Booster Club?
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“if the majority of the players is honest”, is vs are

A friend of mine came across an academic paper which consistently used the phrase "if the majority of the players is honest....". I'm pretty sure that that "is" ought to be an "are", but it was ...
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I'll get you the waters vs I'll get you the water [duplicate]

A waiter says to two customers who ordered two bottles of mineral water. Which should he say? I'll get you the waters vs I'll get you the water I found this page which contains: ...
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Do I use 'do' or 'does' in this sentence: 'How do the imagery and/or metaphors used evoke suggestion?'

I'm not sure which verb to use in this sentence - do or does? Your thoughts appreciated! I think the problem is that the verb refers to a singular and plural noun.
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Is 'magazine' a singular subject or plural?

If I am referring to a magazine as an entity comprising its editor and staff, is it correct to say, 'The magazine are keen for submissions' or 'The magazine is keen for submissions'? (I'm correcting ...
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Is it correct to use “media” as a plural?

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? There are six media widely used: newspapers, radio, TV, books, theater, comics. To be specific, is it correct to place the number six right ...
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Is using “their hairs” grammatically wrong?

I'm Soumya, an author from India. A reader has challenged me about the use of the word 'hairs' in my book. I have used, 'a few hairs' and that's justified, as hair is a countable noun in that very ...
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Two plural nouns in a row [duplicate]

When I put two plural nouns in a row, should I use plural form for both? Often, when I do so, it seems wrong. Examples can be: "components reliabilities" - referring to reliabilities of many ...
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Is it endless “length” or “lengths” of cable?

It seems more natural to say endless "lengths" of cable rather than endless "length" of cable. Why do we need to make it plural?
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Use of apostrophe in a mixed singular-plural context [duplicate]

This isn't my homework. This came up during a friendly debate last night with my mom. What would be the correct use of the apostrophe and/or plural in the sentence One of my friend(s) house(s) is on ...
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Ownership by other people, but not a collective

How do we write the possessive form for "people?" For instance, let's say that I manage money for other people. The people are individuals, here, not a collective (a people). Which is correct, and ...
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The first two of ten thousand have been delivered

Does this mean that the first literal two have been delivered? Or does it mean the first two thousand have been delivered?
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“is” or “are” with “fewer”?

Which one is correct? (Or is neither?) This field can contain 30 characters, fewer is recommended. This field can contain 30 characters, fewer are recommended.
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middleware vs middlewares

I am contributing at an open source project, and we got a message (https://github.com/gin-gonic/gin/issues/252) about our grammar at source code and documentation (we are not native english speakers). ...
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The transport of cargo / cargoes?

I say "the transport of beer", in which "beer" seems to be correctly referring to either a single beer or, more likely, the liquid in general. Saying "the transport of box" is obviously incorrect, ...