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…but 20 dollars is 20 dollars [duplicate]

There is a well known phrase: "I'm not gay but 20 dollars is 20 dollars". Why do we say that '$20 is $20', and not '$20 are $20'?
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Question about Generic Statements for Plural Nouns

Sentences are: "The rainforests are in danger." "Rainforests are in danger." So in this case, I think that they are both correct sentences...but: "Guitars are musical instruments." "The guitars ...
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Is “pride and joy” singular or plural?

Which is correct: Her pride and joy are ... Her pride and joy is ... Or does the use of 'are' or 'is' in this case depend on whether the object of the sentence is singular or plural?
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“poster awards” vs. “posters awards” [duplicate]

If there are awards for more than one poster, what shall I write as a title for the posters presentation to be awarded: Posters Awards or Poster Awards?
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“the 1st and 2nd students” or “the 1st and 2nd student”?

Consider such a sentence: I will give an award to the 1st and 2nd students. What I mean is, I will give an award to each of the two. The problem is, should it be student or students?
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Is it correct to use plural, then define it in singular form?

For example: Snow leopards, another mammal with a relatively large tail, are also known to [...] edit: changed from big cat to mammal to emphasise that it's a definition, not a noun.
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Plural vs Singular agreement

The sentence is: Where there is beer, there are good times. Shouldn't it be this? Where there is beer, there is good times.
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Is the plural of 'prefix' really 'prefixes' rather than 'prefices'?

It looks like the plural of 'prefix' is 'prefixes' - while I would expect it to be 'prefix' => 'prefices' like 'matrix' => 'matrices' or 'index' => 'indices'. Is 'prefix' an exception to the rule? ...
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England is/are playing? [duplicate]

I have this doubt when it comes to sports and teams. Is it England is playing or England are playing? Similarly, is it "Arsenal is playing..." or "Arsenal are playing..."?
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What is the plural of “Mars”?

What is the plural of Mars? Is it Marses or Mars' (note the apostrophe)? Or something else? EDIT: I'm not sure where I got the idea of Mars' from. I suppose I was thinking it might be a zero plural ...
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Does the word 'retrospection' have the plural form 'retrospections'?

I'm getting mixed results from Internet searches. It looks like plural forms are used, but some dictionaries say "retrospection" is a "mass noun". Can I use the plural form "retrospections"?
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The number of is singular or plural [duplicate]

I suppose 'the number of' is followed by a singular, but what about the following sentence where they are two subjects: Both the number of entries and exits is/are high.
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Pluralizing Numbered Items

In US legal practice, we often refer to numbered items: Interrogatory No. 1, Request for Admission No. 3, U.S. Patent No. 5,555,555. What part of the item should be pluralized? That is, should one ...
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Agreement of verb 'to be' and a singular noun after a plural noun

How does the subject-verb agreement work when a singular noun describes a plural one? Of the following, which sentence is righter? The computers is a good choice. The computers are a good ...
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Should I use “brothers” to refer to a mixed gender collection of siblings? [closed]

I know I can use siblings, but this seems strange in some contexts. Let's say I am opening a lemonade booth with my sister and I want to call the company "Lemon Bros."; would that be correct?
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Why do we use the article 'a' when referring to 100 items? But we don't use it when referring to any other plural count?

Edit Note: This question has been linked to these questions about using an article before adjectives modifying numbers. This question here has nothing to do with adjectives at all: Indefinite ...
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Plural of “Acura RLX”

My apologies in advance as I'm nowhere near a grammar expert - just a lowly programmer. So an "Acura RLX" is a car model. An RLX is a noun, not an initialization or anything. It's stylized when ...
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Should “something, and therefore something” be referred to as singular or plural?

For example, if I have the sentence Due to the improvement of our algorithm, our model, and therefore simulation, becomes more realistic. Should the becomes be instead written as become? Does ...
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“From case D to C” or “from cases D to C”

I am checking the galley proofs of a scientific paper we submitted, and the copy-editor changed In the transition from case D to C, ... to In the transition from cases D to C, ... Why is ...
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What should I choose: “it is” or “these are”

I am writing an article and I am not sure what to choose "it is" or "these are" in the following sentence: LIMS - it's dedicated hardware and software systems, aimed at the automation of the ...
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Plural Subject = Plural Object?

In the sentence: Many of us are even unable to remember our own phone number Assuming each person only has one phone number, which is grammatically correct: phone number or phone numbers?
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A unique case of capitalising mid-sentence and using apostrophe 's'

Firstly, I know there are several questions on here about apostrophe-s, as well as capitalising mid-sentence, but I think this is quite unique. I have the below sentence: "With an expanding fanbase, ...
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Confusion over “does” and “do” [closed]

I saw this quote: What kind of education does your professors have? but this sounds incorrect, and I have confusion as to whether the correct usage is: What kind of education do your college ...
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Does 'each other' function as singular or plural?

Are either of the following sentences grammatically correct? We know what each other are doing and We know what each other is doing Neither of them sounds right to me, but surely one of ...
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Those vs They vs That

In the following example conversation, what will be the best way to ask if the given resources help the person? Example conversation: John: Hey Joe, I need to improve my chess, please help. ...
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Why is the plural of “basis” “bases” and not “baseis”?

Looking at the noun basis on Wiktionary.com, it indicates that the plural is either bases or baseis. It looks like the rare baseis comes from the Greek, but the common bases just refers back to basis ...
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Is or are, Include or includes?

Reported in Panel B is or are fund information, which include or includes the number of funds and managers. Can someone kindly help with the grammar in this sentence.Which is actually is the subject? ...
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Where to use Womens and Women'S [closed]

What is the difference between womens and Women's? where to use Womens and Women's?
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Is 'the majority of' singular or plural?

I have the following question: The majority of fund studies has or have agreed that a common attribute for superior performance is due to managers' skill.
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Noun as modifier—singular or plural? [duplicate]

Which one is correct? statistical models for process monitoring Statistical models for processes monitoring.
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Is 'the vast extent of literature' singular or plural? [closed]

I have the following question: The vast extent of literature provide or provides a useful platform to measure fund performance.
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Does a percentage quantity take singular or plural verb agreement?

Does a percentage require a singular or plural verb, for example, do we say ten percent "go" or "goes"?
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Is “sonars” (plural) actually a word?

Is "sonars" (plural) a word? I am not finding it in the online dictionaries, and I don't have access to my trusty "real" dictionary. Thanks in advance.
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Please tell which sentence is correct. For women “is” is used and for men “are” is used, why? [closed]

Doctor Ram who lost his new mobile and nurse Sima his fiance is eloping tonight. Doctor Sima who lost her new mobile and Ram her fiance are eloping tonight.
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Proper pronunciation of plural possessives [closed]

I'm compiling a word list with accurate pronunciations and am hitting a brick wall. What are the proper American pronunciations of the following plural possessives, and by extension, similar words? ...
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Usage of ''both"

Both the control laws demand high magnitude of acceleration at the end. Both the control laws demand high magnitudes of acceleration at the end. At the end phase, acceleration demand of both the ...
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Can “yesterdays” (plural) be used to denote a range of past days?

So I just learned that "yesterdays" is a word (without the apostrophe). It is the plural of "yesterday". The trouble is, what does plural of "yesterday" really mean? I could not find any example ...
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Plural form of a digit or number: 4s or 4's ? (with or without apostrophe?) [duplicate]

The number 44444 consists of five fours. Suppose I want to express that with a digit ("4") rather than the word "four", which is correct: five 4s or five 4's?
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When is the plural 'es' pronounced “ess/ez/izz” vs. “eez”? [duplicate]

I was just thinking about this when I typed out "processes" and realized that I've heard it pronounced both "process-izz" and "process-eez". Is one incorrect, or is it considered an accent thing, or ...
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How do I choose between “was” and “were”? [closed]

Should I use the singular “was” or the plural “were” in the following sentence? The first thing that I noticed was (OR) were the street performers singing near the main entrance of the park. ...
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Personal Pronouns | Which possessive determiners to use? [duplicate]

I have a simple question to ask. Which possessive determiners are grammatically correct when the noun is our _____? For example, in the case where the noun is our group, it seems to make sense when ...
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Are countable nouns always in plural in recipes' names?

I have the following ingredients in a recipe: 40 g oat flakes 150 ml milk (1.5% milkfat) 4 g butter ½ apple, grated I need to know if I should name the recipe Oat Flakes ...
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copulation with uneven noun-phrases

One can use the copula to connect noun phrases of different number. Example: The conversational topic that kept us pleasantly chatting was the different Southern dialects in the US. Here it ...
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Can “X is enough.” be used when X is plural? [duplicate]

I was writing a meta post on another site where saying "Done." was a sufficient post. In order to meet the character limit, I typed the sentence: Sometimes five characters is really enough. ...
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“Confirmation parents' meeting” or “confirmation parents meeting”?

If a meeting is for a group of parents run by a Church, for example, would it be "Confirmation parents' meeting" or "Confirmation parents meeting"?
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Countable nouns in the list of ingredients

I'm translating recipes into English and I need your help. I suppose that I can say 300 g tomatoes but what about small amounts used in the list of ingredients? 10 g tomatoes or 10 g tomato ? ...
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IS or ARE? Simple question! [duplicate]

In this sentence: The ​insurance ​premium is ​small ​potatoes ​compared to what we'd have to ​pay if the ​house ​burned down. "Small potatoes" is a plural noun, but why is the auxiliary verb ...
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“Person with a trauma” or “person with trauma”

In academic writing, I frequently run across texts where the determiner is dropped when a person is described as having a medical condition or having suffered an injury. Moreover, a singular noun is ...
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Piece of gear vs. article of gear

What is correct (or are both expressions correct): Piece of gear Article of gear I learned that if there is no specific singular of a word I have to use piece of ... but when I look into some ...
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The second verb of subject should be express according to number or not? [closed]

He is a man who has a bad heart. or He is a man who have a bad heart. Which one is correct? I tried to search "He is a man who have" and "He is a man who has" on Google but I got quite ...