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Is it better to use a plural noun or definite article?

For example: Multicopters belong to a family of aircraft called rotorcraft, which also includes helicopters, and although they appear to be similar, the multicopter's design is mechanically much ...
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Pluralizing the noun support

Is it ever okay to pluralize the noun "support"? When talking about several support systems, for example, is it okay to say that people "need supports"? If not, why not? Thank you!
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“This date and time is” vs. “this date and time are” [duplicate]

The following sentence appears in a letter I am editing: If this date and time are not convenient please contact me at ... Structurally, this seems okay, but it feels very awkward. Shouldn't it ...
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Why can't we say “informations”? [closed]

Why we can't put the word information in the plural form? "Give me all the informations you've got", even if it's wrong, sounds more beautiful to my non-native ear than "give me all the information ...
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Compound words/noun phrases in english with different number of words in plural/singular form

Are there any cases where the plural and singular form of an English compound word or noun phrase differ in the number of words contained? In all cases I can think of, the actual words within the ...
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What is the correct way to define an acronym when its first appearance is plural? [closed]

The question and answers posed in What is the correct way to pluralize an acronym? deals very nicely with acronym (and possibly initialism) usage. What about the case when you are defining the ...
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Is plural-possessive needed before “organization” [duplicate]

I'm not sure which one is correct: "The Physical Therapist Organization" or "The Physical Therapists' Organization". I'm leaning more towards without the plural-possessive but will I be grammatically ...
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Correct pronoun: 'his' or 'their'? [duplicate]

I would like to know whether his or their is the correct pronoun to be used in the following sentence: Neither she nor he has finished ....... work. In my opinion it should be their but some ...
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A pack of wolves run through the woods [duplicate]

Is the correct to say A pack of wolves run through the woods or is the correct English A pack of wolves runs through the woods The former sounds right. However, I think the subject is a ...
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“Why are there more of them” vs. “why is there more of them” [duplicate]

I was writing this sentence: Why are there more of them on some nights than on others? Is is or are correct here? I was told that is is correct, but to me, are sounds better.
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Proper usage of “is” and “are” when specifying multiple nouns

This is one thing I never really bothered looking into, but have always been unsure of. punching, kicking, slapping or slashing [is/are] strictly prohibited That's what I'm trying to determine. ...
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One of the 'Organisation' or 'Organisations'

I am writing an essay and stuck with the following sentence. One of the non-profit organisation that we worked with... Should organisation be plural or singular? Many thanks!
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Usage of “is” with “and” [duplicate]

I am confused in using this sentence. "Code in SVN and Test case document is updated accordingly." I am thinking of using are instead because "Code" here is a set of Source Code files and "Test ...
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when a noun is used as an adjective is it always singular, eg Event Request or Events request? [duplicate]

when a noun is used as an adjective is it always singular, eg Event Request or Events request? Service Request or Services REquest?
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Pluralizing a thing expressed by a quoted or hyphenated phrase, e.g. better-than-nothing or “better than nothing”

I found myself writing And so, they went on amassing better-than-nothing's. because I wanted better-than-nothing to be a kind of catchphrase, referred to in this form consistently throughout my ...
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Which is grammatical, “the softness and sweetness [was/were] perfect”?

which is grammatically fine to use? The softness and sweetness of rice [was/were] perfect.
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Correct plural form of “hoof”

My research has shown that hoofs and hooves are correct plural forms of hoof. That being said, which is preferable? Which came first in the English language?
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Life or lives of others? [duplicate]

When using the phrase: "improve the lives of others", is it life or lives, as each has only one life, but I'm speaking about multiple lives. I'm confusing myself! LOL!
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the same and same [closed]

Which is correct? Sheila and Angie are wearing the same shirt today. Sheila and Angie are wearing the same shirts today. Sheila and Angie are wearing same shirts today.
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Data as a plural noun [duplicate]

In an academic writing, is it correct to make reference to "the data itself", being that data is a plural noun and itself is a singular pronoun?
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“Shore of another world” vs “shores of another world.”

The lights of Tokyo were visible on the other side of the river. For an instant, I felt as if the city was an unreachable land; a place that existed on the shore(s) of another world. Should I ...
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Personal Introductions: “This is” or “These are”

The Canadian children's network, Treehouse is in the process of replacing the show "This is Emily Yeung" with "This is Scarlett and Isaiah". That doesn't actually sound wrong, but would it be more ...
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Singular action for a plural subject

Consider the following: I pull my ear. He pulls his ear. She pulls her ear. What would be the correct form of "ear" for plural subjects? Is there a generalized rule that I can be pointed to? For ...
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How are names ending in “-s” perceived?

Most English nouns are inflected for grammatical number by adding -s — e.g., cat and cats, where cats is and sounds plural. So, I wonder, since Lucas, Nicholas, and other English names end with -s, ...
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Is it “the xᵢ’s” or “the xᵢ”?

Let x1, . . . , xn be a collection of mathematical objects. When I refer to them, do I have to say the xi’s or just the xi? Edit: In this article (written by an American mathematician), one can ...
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“Need” vs. “needs” after a list [duplicate]

Is it need or needs? Highway 68 and Robinson Canyon Road need your support. Highway 68 and Robinson Canyon Road needs your support. I voted needs.
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Its respective owners/Their respective owners

I'm wondering which one would be grammatically correct. I think both make sense, however, I do think that one is grammatical and the other isn't. All credit goes to its respective owners. All ...
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Using “they” for single person [duplicate]

I have encountered some people using pronoun "they" when referring to a single person, such in this example: Even if the cyclist is 100% at fault (I don't think they are), leaving the scene of ...
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“The Japanese are a hard-working people.” Is this grammatically correct?

I came across this statement. Is this correct? I am specifically confused at the part where "a" comes after "are".
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“Different kinds of car” or “different kinds of cars” [duplicate]

Should I say: "We sell different kinds of car" or "We sell different kinds of cars" Which one is correct?
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Seller and Purchaser each represents? Or Seller and Purchaser each represent? [duplicate]

Here is the pertinent part of the sentence: "Seller and Purchaser each warrants and represents that it has not engaged the services of any agent, finder or broker in connection with the transaction ...
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Look forward to meeting you both vs. Look forward to meeting you

I'm confused about the need to add the word "both", when you're using "you" as a plural that refers to more than one individual. The below sentence refers to two people (the "you") is as follows: ...
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Should we treat “information” as a plural term in the following context?

I'm writing a thesis on web information extraction. I use the term information a lot in my thesis, but I'm not sure I should treat it as a plural term or singular term. The following are some cases ...
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“This paper, combined with some glue” — singular or plural?

If I have an item, combined with another item, is it still a singular subject in the sentence? For example: This paper, combined with some glue, makes for an afternoon of art projects. This ...
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What is the plural form of the word “Demiurge” [closed]

What would be the plural form of the word "Demiurge", (the Creator~). One Demiurge. Many Demiurges?
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Is destiny ever used in the plural? [closed]

Compare these two sentences: They would have had the chance of choosing their own destiny. They would have had the chance of choosing their own destinies.
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Is there a difference between “political science” and “political sciences”?

I am doing a research about research disciplines. I found it confusing and surprising that there are two ways to refer to "political science(s)" Google: "political science" returns 26 million ...
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Is this question grammatically correct?

Something seems off about this sentence, but I can't put my finger on it. The sentence in question: Which countries is Nicaragua competing with? Alternatives I considered: With which ...
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Controversy over verb choice in “neither you nor I {is/am/are} in control”

I was watching the film A Game of Shadows starring Robert Downey Junior and Jude law when this line came up, "...neither you nor I is in control..." (I can’t remember the exact words that ended the ...
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Singular or plural verb after a series connected by “or”

The following sentence refers to an apocalyptic story where money no longer has any value: A can of sardines, radio batteries, or a bicycle is/are more precious than money. Should I use is or ...
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'Where is' usage in spoken English

One often hears native English speakers use constructs such as "where is my trousers" or (from this forum in another post) "where is my parents and mothers?" Is that a case of spoken grammar ...
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What is the plural of “Freight”? [closed]

What is the plural of freight? Freights just doesn't sound right to me. Perhaps, freight is already the plural. If that is the case, what is its singular? Edit After doing some research, most ...
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Stack of Paper vs. Stack of Papers [closed]

I question the usage of "stack of paper" vs. "stack of papers". I purchase a ream of paper, and set it on a desk. In that process, does it change from a ream of paper to a stack of papers - changing ...
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Potato or Potatoes

When considering a recipe which contains potatoes, which would be correct for the UK: 350g of potato 350g of potatoes
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What does “the little guy” in “(Larry Summers) would be an enthusiastic enforcer of bank regulation to protect the little guy” mean?

In New York Times’ (August 13) article titled, “Summers of our discontent,” Maureen Dowd manifests her objection to the possible nomination of Larry Summers by President Obama by asking, “Does the ...
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Grammatical number of “a specified number of people” [duplicate]

In this sentence, which is correct, is or are? We will not stop operating until a specified number of weak events [is/are] detected. My feeling is that the verb should agree with number, not ...
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Singular or plural verb with “class of proteins” [duplicate]

Consider the following sentence: This table outlines a class of proteins that primarily attack the brain. I am not sure whether to use attack or attacks. If attack refers to class then I ...
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None of the passengers was charged for the ride [duplicate]

The following sentence may be found in this recent BBC article: None of the passengers was charged for the ride. Is the use of was correct here? I would have expected were in its place. Were it ...
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Which is the head noun in “noun adjunct”

Is the head "noun" or "adjunct", and which is the correct plural form? "nouns adjunct", "noun adjuncts", or "nouns adjuncts"? "nouns adjunct" sounds the most correct to my ears.
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Why is it “Paris’s cafés” but “Massachusetts’ capital”?

I’ve been studying the apostrophe and found this in Merriam-Webster’s Guide to Punctuation and Style: The possessives of proper names are generally formed in the same way as those of common nouns. ...