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would I use is or are in the following sentence [duplicate]

As of this report, there are/is confirmed cases in the county and city 1, but not city 2.
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You, you two, you people and you'se [duplicate]

I understand that you'se is not considered a formal English word by the Oxford. Colloquially, many people use the word you'se all the time in common conversation. As such, there is a gap in formal ...
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The whys and the hows

Are apostrophes needed in this phrase? The whys and the hows I searched for duplicate questions, but the closest I found was in regard to words inside quotes.
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Singular plural clarification with none objects [duplicate]

Should I use "no entries are found" or "no entry is found" or "no entries is found"? Which is more correct and which is wrong in usage?
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Ambiguous plurality (“One or more items was/were skipped”) [duplicate]

Given a sentence in this format, which would be correct? One or more items was skipped. One or more items were skipped. I'm leaning towards the latter, but maybe it doesn't matter? (Hey, ...
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Pluralisation: is this correct?

I have the following sentence I've just seen, but I am pretty sure there should be no apostrophe on cahunas. developers with cahuna's only need apply. Any ideas, I think it should be: ...
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Words delimiter or word delimiter? [duplicate]

I'm writing a documentation on our product and I want to write this sentence correctly: "The word(s) delimiter can either be comma or space". Which is correct? (Excuse me, I'm not a naive speaker) ...
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Is it proper to say “I earned -1 points today” when I lost 1 point?

Suppose I play a game where I can lose points as well as gain them. Usually I'll say: I earned 10 points today, hooray! But what if I lost points and still want to use "optimistic" verb? I ...
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“Were that you who did that” vs. “was that you who did that”

Which of the following is correct? Were that you who did that? Was that you who did that? Obviously one has to use were with you, but which one goes here in this case?
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Should I use “both” or “each”?

Two sisters went away to college for four years. In restating the above, which of the following sentences is correct? Both sisters went away to college. Each of the sisters went away to college. ...
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When to, and when not to pluralise month?

Can someone please explain the correct way of pluralising month, for instance why do we sometimes use months or month, such as: "Victor is a 7 month old baby" and "Victor is 7 months old" What is ...
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Does a nonessential phrase affect the pronoun?

I was proofreading some text for a friend and I stumbled across this sentence: Glen, along with his close group of friends, took their first trip to Hawaii in 1986. My question is this: Is this ...
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Is “one of ten” plural or singular? [duplicate]

In the following sentence: One out of ten people speaks (English) as their mother tongue Is "one out of ten" considered singular, or should speaks be changed to speak?
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When indicating separate items linked by a common word?

Let's say my sentence is: I am a part of Generations X, Y, and Z. In a case like this, should "generations" be plural or singular? I feel it should be plural, since singular makes it sound like ...
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“Change” or “Changes”

Is the following sentence right or should I use "changes"? The present study aimed at quantifying the change in surface air temperature and monthly total rainfall Here, by change I meant ...
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Use “have” or “has” any/anyone/anything in the question?

Similar to this question, is it correct to use have or has with any* (any/anything/anyone/...) in a question? Examples: Have/Has any of my advices help you? Have/Has anyone of you seen it? Does ...
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“His work(s) in research and teaching [have/has] been”

His work in research and teaching have been ... His works in research and teaching have been... His work in research and teaching has been ... If I want to express many pieces of his ...
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is it 0 degree or 0 degrees outside? [duplicate]

This is in relation to the question "It's “1 degrees” or is it “1 degree” outside?". I have heard many people say that it is zero degrees outside. Is this correct, or is it 0 degree? The latter simply ...
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Why do politicians all say “and” when they state a year number [duplicate]

"In two thousand AND eight blah blah blah until two thousand AND thirteen blah blah blah" Is there some grammar rule that if you're stating a year you should say "and" within a number or is there a ...
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Which of these is correct? [duplicate]

Which of these film introductions demonstrate the correct use of English Grammar? I have used example (1), but have been taken to task for so doing. Eagle Films present Eagle Films presents ...
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What are the correct plural forms of “penis”? [duplicate]

I was reading this Reddit post's comments: 'I am the guy with two penises. AMA' (NSFW), and came upon this discussion (of sorts), where the plural of "penis" has been suggested to be either: ...
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Is it “the humanities” or just “humanities”?

I.e., would I use "I hate the humanities" or "I hate humanities"? On that note, would the complementary statement be "I love the sciences" or "I love science"? "I love sciences" just sounds wrong, ...
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Why *are* pants? [duplicate]

Plural, that is. And it aint just "pants". "Shorts", "boxers", "trousers", even "panties" are all plural. (Although "underwear" ("where is my underwear?") and "thongs" ("He was wearing a thong." ...
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“Here is/are” followed by plural

Here is the documents needed. Here are the documents needed. Which is grammatically correct and why? My guess would be the second one because of the plural form.
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Is there any guideline on the plural form of loanwords from Japanese? [duplicate]

I just saw a trailer of 47 Ronin. My first thought was "that doesn't sound right". We have 12 Monkeys and 13 Warriors. Why 47 Ronin? Then I recalled that there is a movie titled Seven Samurai. I ...
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Doubt about plurals in a sentence

I often find myself in this situation. I try to describe my time with something, but it doesn't come out sounding right to me. Specifically, in this instance I'm trying to describe my time with ...
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When I see either friend “he” or “they” [duplicate]

From a recent question on the cooking site: "Every time I see either neighbor they thank me again for the wonderful cookies." It seems that it should be, "Every time I see either neighbor he thanks ...
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The number of an uninflected pronoun

Case A: "There stands the boy who has two heads." Case B: "There stand the boys who have two heads." (If you are keeping count, the last two children have a total of four heads.) My question ...
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Plural or singular after “what … is / are + plural noun”

Example: "what the researchers are looking for is / are materials that ..."
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Use of single and plural in the sentence structure “one of ______ is…” [closed]

Hi I want to clarify in the following sentence: "One of the processes is brought by aversive emotional responses, and is likely to be controlled by the xxxxx pathway." We usually use "One of the ...
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“The maximum number”: plural or singular?

Kindly, what are your thoughts on the following sentences: The maximum number of wordbooks (%d) have been saved. The maximum number of wordbooks (%d) has been saved. My opinion is that ...
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Why can't we use the plural in “Mt. Fuji is higher than any other mountains in Japan”? [closed]

These are two sentences that I have a question about. Mt. Fuji is higher than any other mountains in Japan. Mt. Fuji is higher than any other mountain in Japan. I know the second ...
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“As many books as suits your schedule” vs. “as many books as suit your schedule”

Read as many books as suit(s) your schedule. Singular or plural agreement?
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I have one good and one bad question (or is it plural “questions”?)

Which one is correct? I have one good and one bad question I have one good and one bad questions I can invent rationales for both answers, which does not help. I am tempted to ...
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When does thousand turn into thousands?

My boyfriend and I are arguing whether thousands of miles means 1000+ or 2000+ miles. The first argument is that 1000+ is over 1000 and therefore 'thousands of miles' by rounding up. The other ...
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Plural of composite noun?

I'm trying to say that each message can take some time to arrive (a delay), and that each such delay can have any value. So, which one of the following is the most appropriate? There is no bound ...
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“There Is”/“There are” depends on plurality of the first list element or not?

It seems I put a stick in the anthill at ELL. Bounty assigned by outside party, two lengthy, reference-citing answers, one "-1" (awarded the bounty), one "-2", two others scored "0" and "-2" ...
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Subjective subject-verb agreement

Please consider the following: My wide range of abilities have helped my team succeed. My wide range of abilities has helped my team succeed. Microsoft Word identifies the first as a ...
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Which one is correct in this sentence, “a herd of moose” or only “moose”? [closed]

I wonder if both "a herd of moose" and "moose" are correct in the following sentence: On our road trip this summer, there were three occasions on which [a herd of] moose crossed the road.
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Plural/singular with certain numbers [duplicate]

There's one aspect which is confusing me, especially because of how it's done in my native language which is ukrainian. So question is how singular and plural forms are used with numbers ending with ...
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definite article with plural hypotheses

Is it correct to write "scientests can test a hypotheses" even though hypotheses is a plural?
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“She doesn't like fruit” vs. “she doesn't like fruits” [duplicate]

In the following context, which do you use and why? Helen doesn't eat apples or bananas. She doesn't like [fruit/fruits]. I think it is fruit but I'm having a hard time explaining to myself why ...
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Singular or Plural Verb [duplicate]

Which is correct? One in five kids are abused. One in five kids is abused.
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Singular and Plural for numbers [duplicate]

Why is it correct to say 0 votes and 1 vote? When, 0 signifies the lack of votes and is technically less than 1? Also what's the correct way to say: -1 vote or -1 votes?
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What is the correct abbreviation for the plural “Quantitative Trait Loci” — “QTL” or “QTLs”?

Strictly speaking, both the biological term Quantitative Trait Locus and its plural Quantitative Trait Loci can be abbreviated as QTL. However, one often reads the abbreviations QTL and QTLs. Is the ...
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“There is an apple and an orange” or “there are an apple and an orange”? [duplicate]

There is an apple and an orange on the table. There are an apple and an orange on the table. Which is grammatical?
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Plural of 'Word of the day'?

Each day in the office we choose a 'word of the day'. We have started to keep a list of the words. What should the list be called? 1) Words of the Day — implies many words but one day 2) Word ...
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parent vs parents, which is the correct word to use? [closed]

i would like to know which of these is exactly correct or is both allowed ? i see people use parent and also as parents in day to day communication.
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agreement in plural possessives

I'll try this one more time and if I'm blocked by the system, I will give up. Which is correct: "everyone's life" or "everyone's lives"?
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Should the plural of “PC” have an apostrophe before the “s”? [duplicate]

Every time I see "PC" (as in personal computer) written as "PC's", I feel like the comma should not be there (as it is simply plural rather than possessive). What is the technically correct way to ...