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

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Shoud I use singular or plural for this sentence? [duplicate]

"I touched their forehead[s] with my fingertip." I'm not certaint whether or not forehead in this example should be singular or plural. There's a group of people, so obviously, multiple foreheads are ...
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Is it “Foreign Language Department” or “Foreign LanguageS Department”?

I searched the Internet and found some universities use the former and some latter. Can't professors agree at one? Or when the former is used, only one foreign language is taught?
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Over half our board and staff [are/is] people of color? [duplicate]

I'm under the impression that the correct verb to use is "are," but my colleagues believe it to be "is." And what about just: "over half our board [are/is] people of color" ? Another case: "over ...
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Irregular plurals in noun adjuncts

Several psycholinguists1,2 have observed that English speakers do not use regular plurals in compounds, even when the noun refers to more than one instance (dog-catcher, *dogs-catcher), but do use ...
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What is the name for a single item of hundreds and thousands

I was wondering what the singular term for hundreds and thousands was. I believe in the United States these are referred to as sprinkles and a sprinkle makes sense in this case. However a hundred and ...
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“There is the people” vs “there are the people” [duplicate]

So, we got in a discussion with a friend about it. The whole sentence he mention was: There is the people with standards and the people who have fun. By now we are pretty certain it should be ...
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how to write something of something and something

I'm confused whether should I use plural when writing something of something and something. For example: the dataset of A and B (A and B are the names of the dataset). Should I use plural for ...
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Multiple kinds of non-plural items in a parallel list

OK, I was recently asked a question by a foreign friend on an English sentence that they created. Mixing and matching all kinds of vegetables, seafood, and meat, some of my newly added dishes are ...
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Remarks or Remark?

I am confused between these two words. Is remarks plural of remark ? My client has a form in his website for capturing enquiries. Client has asked me to put remarks/remark field (a multiline ...
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The grammar of 'clothes' versus 'clothing'

Which of these is correct: I didn't realize how much clothes you had on the floor I didn't realize how much clothing you had on the floor Any additional explanation about clothes versus ...
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“many particle system” or “many particles system”

In Physics it is common to refer to a "many particle system". Should we not say "many particles system"?
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Weekend vs Weekends for multiple people?

In a phrase like "The meeting Friday has been canceled and I hope you all enjoy your weekend(s)" which is correct? Should weekend be singular since there is only one weekend being referred to or ...
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“There is” vs “there are”?

I wrote an essay and returned it to my teacher who told me that it was perfect except for that one mistake with the usage of there are: There are currently 192 218 546 ways to set up..." She ...
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Why do we say “You are” when you is singular instead of “You is”? [duplicate]

The title really says it all. Since "you" can be singular or plural, why don't we say, "You is" when using "you" as singular? We say "he is" or "they are". Why is it different?
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Which form should be used for an “adjective noun”: singular, plural, possessive?

When should a noun acting as an adjective be plural, and when should it be singular? And when should it be possessive, like baker's dozen and when should it be plural possessive, like farmers' market? ...
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What is correct: “multiple restrike” or “multiple restrikes”? In general: should a noun after “multiple” be in singular or plural?

What is correct: "multiple restrike" or "multiple restrikes"? In general: should a noun after "multiple" be in singular or plural? (One "restrike" or more "restrikes" after each other can appear in ...
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Holidays or holiday?

I'm getting confused on the usage of the words, holiday and holidays. When I want to say that I had a good holiday (or is it good holidays!?) with my family in Melbourne for 5 days, should I say: ...
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Subject-Verb Agreement with “Who” [duplicate]

Which one is correct? He is one of the boys who play football. He is one of the boys who plays football. Please state the reason as well.
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How to bring singular and plural conditions under a single sentence?

I am doing a sentence like this: He may undergo a scan,(or scans). The resulting image/images will be examined by the doctor. I am thinking of this one: He may undergo a group of scans. The ...
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Why are these words ungrammatical

I can't find the reason why : riceful and antful are ungrammatical. Can someone help me? Thanks
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When listing the ingredients of a meal, should a group of a one-half onion's chopped pieces be referred to as “chopped onion” or “chopped onions”?

Example: Pico de gallo: onion, tomato, and cilantro or onions, tomatoes, and cilantro when one or less onion and one or less tomato has been chopped for use in the recipe.
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Is 'people' plural? [closed]

Which one is correct? A lot of people in South East Asia speak 3 languages A lot of people in South East Asia speaks 3 languages?
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Countable ingredient pluralization for English cookbooks

The rule for countable ingredient pluralization appears to be: If more than one countable ingredient is necessary to fill the required amount, then the ingredient is pluralized. For example: 2 ...
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Capitalization: 'rivers'

In the following sentence, is rivers capitalized or not? The Delaware and Potomac rivers are beautiful.
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When is a subject considered plural? [duplicate]

I'm unsure when a subject is considered plural, and when not. Especially here: Williams aim to win at the next race. Here, Williams is a team, and I have always through this is considered plural, ...
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Streets or Street?

When writing and address as the corner of two streets, do I use singular or plural for "street"? As an example, should it be "the corner of Grafton and Spence Street", or "the corner of Grafton and ...
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Politics - singular or plural?

I am having difficulty deciding which of the following is correct: Politics both fascinates and repulses him. Politics both fascinate and repulse him. I think, in part, this is because I ...
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Would “Human Resources are excited or is excited” correct? [duplicate]

Would "Human Resources are excited or is excited" be correct?
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Some + Countable Noun: True Only When Plural?

Assume there are multiple books on a shelf. At least one book is red. At least one book is blue. Sentence in dispute: Some of the books are red. Is this sentence false if only one book is red? ...
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Do people pluralize “WiFi” with an “s”?

I'm in a friendly argument with a supervisor about this one, and I'd like some data: Does one say "WiFis" when referring to multiple WiFi networks, or does one say "WiFi"? I suppose alternately, one ...
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How to deal with parallel structure where the plurality of the nouns changes?

This is the intent of what I want to get across: You are participating in a discussion with the moderators and as a moderator. I want to emphasize in particular that he is not only speaking with ...
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Is the plural of 'lettuce' 'lettuces'?

As a non-native English speaker, I have a bit of trouble finding the plural of the word 'lettuce'. In my own language (Dutch) it doesn't have a plural at all, and 'lettuces' simply sounds funny to me. ...
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Is “Don't just talk to your audience, play with them” correct ?

I am about to print out some business cards and I was wondering if Don't just talk to your audience, play with them is correct. I understand that as "audience" is singular, it should be Don't ...
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plural or singular for a single-entry set

There is a term "a set of generalized coordinates" in physics that is used to describe a system. But for some simple systems, the set contains just one generalized coordinate. Can we say, for example, ...
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Singular or plural verb after ‘no’? [duplicate]

Which one of the following sentences is correct? No errors or exceptions is found in the logs. No errors or exceptions are found in the logs.
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How to say the plural of IP? [duplicate]

Can someone assist me with this doubt? In many sites I have seen it written as "IP's" and in other as "IPs". What is the correct form to refer for the plural of IP?
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Why would someone say “the American consumer” instead of “the American consumers”?

As in "The Survey of the American Consumer" or "The state of the American consumer". Why is the phrase singular?
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Technology vs. technologies

What is the better sentence? It looks like technologies is the better word since there are many of them. However, most of the similar sentences on the Internet use the singular form technology ...
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Anomaly I and II appear(s) to have …[or appear?] [duplicate]

This sentence is to say anomaly number 1 and number 2 have higher soil iodine concentration than other anomalous areas. Should it be plural or singular? i.e. 'appear' or 'appears'? Thanks!
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Confusable plurals with apostrophe s [duplicate]

I have a question related to already shortened words and their plural forms. As I have seen on this site and have found in the dictionary, words like mas and pas are the plural form of the shortened ...
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Apostrophes and plurals of words-used-as-words (e.g., “why's and wherefore's” vs. “whys and wherefores” [duplicate]

I'm reading the English translation of Perfume by Patrick Süskind (translated by John E. Woods) and came across a sentence containing the phrase "the why's and wherefore's." With concern that this is ...
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Singular or plural following a list of singular items [duplicate]

Here's the sentence: I know what if, him, his, and will means/mean.
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Using plural words when mentioning something in general [closed]

I am extremely weak at English grammar. I would like to ask the following sentence: 'To identify the contents of the crates or boxes, packing list will be prepared and attached outside the crates or ...
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Proper Acronym Usage With Multiple Plurals

Given that MOTU -> Master of the Universe - One master of one universe . Would the following be correct? And if not, what would be correct, and how would I answer the plural-plural problem at ...
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Using the word “quota” in plural and singular

If I need to use the word "quota" in both the plural and the singular, what is the correct form? Is it "several quota" and "one quotum" or "several quotas" and "one quota"?
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What's the proper usage of apostrophes in plural abbreviations? [duplicate]

If I were to abbreviate the word university, I would most likely write uni — or would uni’ be more correct? If I wanted to say universities, would I write unis or uni’s? My gut instinct would be to ...
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“I went for a run with Victor” vs. “we went for a run with Victor” when only the two of us went [closed]

Myself and Victor went for a run, no one else. Can I say "We went for a run with Victor?" OR "I went for a run with Victor?"
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On Track vs On Tracks [closed]

I would like to say a project is going well but am not sure whether I should use plural for track(s) Which is best? We are on tracks vs we are on track?
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“Set of techniques”; singular or plural? [duplicate]

I have an English course book that contains this question: Fill in the blank "The book is a set of techniques that systematically __ the learner for interaction with target language speakers". (A) ...
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Use of the plural of tang (as in taste or smell)

Discussing with friends, we decided tang (like a flavour or smell) is a noun. Smell, when pluralised is smells. Flavour - flavours. What's the plural of tang? We believe it would be simply 'tangs' ...