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

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Burns or Burn's Nurse

I am writing a direct quote so I cannot change the sentence around. The speaker consistently refers to the hospital "burns nurse", as in a nurse that takes care of patients with burns. I believe I ...
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Pluralization and nouns [duplicate]

I know we would not say a 3 months period, but why exactly? Is it because period is noncount? But why is it correct to say a period of 3 months How do you know when to pluralize nouns and when not ...
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What is the correct plural form of a family name that ends in -i? [closed]

I have just made a family group with my surname which is Karami, and I want to make my surname plural to show this is a family group, so I'm wondering whether I should add -s or -es? Which one is ...
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Loved one's or ones' [closed]

Can someone explain to me which would the correct form of ones in this statement: Have family members stated it took too long to respond to their loved one's/ones' complaints? I know it would ...
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Why is the plural of 'leaf' spelled 'leaves'? [closed]

I am a bit confused about why the plural of leaf is leaves. Can anyone explain why leaves is the plural form?
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Plural or Singular After a List of Items [duplicate]

Given the sentence: The password must be at least 8 characters long, contain at least one lower-case and one upper-case case letter(s) and a digit. Should the word "letter(s)" be in singular or ...
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How to treat a certain saying as a noun? i.e. ' “Do you see it”s '

I'm writing a story and in it, everyone sees this mysterious box. So, this crowd of people are: "Exchanging looks and _____________" I want to say they are exchanging "Do you see it?"s Like multiple ...
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What is the plural of “cottage tariff”?

When there are several cottages each with several tariffs (depending on the season), should the plural be "cottage tariffs" or "cottages tariffs"? For context, this is to be a section title on a ...
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Is “troop” unique among English words in meaning both a group and an individual member of that kind of group?

The term "troop" can mean a group of soldiers, or it can mean an individual soldier (perhaps in this usage it was originally short for "trooper"). In fact, in modern usage, the plural "troops" almost ...
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Singular or plural, before and after “of”

Let's say I have a statement like the following: He was looking for seed of apples. I am looking for a general rule for statements like something (seed) of something (apples) where the second ...
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Should I have used “is” or “are” when telling a friend “Jennifer and Amy is going”? [duplicate]

Its all in the title. I messaged a friend on Facebook the other day. I told him "Jennifer and Amy is Going" Should I have used are or is?
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Which one is the correct one? every lesson or every lessons? [closed]

"I attend every lesson" or "I attend every lessons". Which one is correct?
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A necessary condition is .. or are? [closed]

Which one of the following is the correct form? For some reason, I have trouble understanding whether the correct form depends on "a necessary condition" (is) or "changes" (are). A necessary ...
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His/her vs their after using “each one” (for individual-focused meaning)

I have this sentence that intoduce a list of items: Encountering a succession of person to observe how each one's way of thinking affects: ● his/her way to look at the world ● his ... ● his ...
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Plural Form of Mongoose [closed]

What is the Plural form of Mongoose? I guessed that it should be mongeese, but is sounds funny. Mongooses also sounds funny.So what is it?
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Verb Agreement between “means” and a tricky subject

Museum-quality materials mean your document won't discolor. or Museum-quality materials means your document won't discolor. I am having some difficulty in determining which version of ...
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Is “markets shares” correct?

I know that the common plural form of "market share" (the percentage of a market) is "market shares." However, I found a sentence containing "markets shares." In the last decade, several papers ...
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Singular or plural in a conditional statement [duplicate]

Which of these sentences is correct? If there is more than one book, I'll be happy. OR If there are more than one book, I'll be happy. The first one just sounds right to me, and that's the ...
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Are numbers greater than one plural? [duplicate]

Two apples are plural. When I refer to a number of items only by their count, is the count singular? For example: "Two is enough." Is that correct?
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“States Party to” or “State Parties to” or “States parties to”?

When discussing a treaty or international agreement, which is correct? "There are 100 states party to the treaty." (for example, as used here) Or: "There are 100 state parties to the treaty." (for ...
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Is there a single word noun describing contact details - email, phone, sms, etc

I am looking for a (preferably) single plural word that describes one ore more pieces of contact information of various types (email, phone, sms, etc.) that belong to an individual. The term ...
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Who is trying to improve their future or who are trying to improve their future? [duplicate]

'Is' and 'their' don't mix well... But I have heard people saying 'Don't bring up the past of a person who is trying to improve their future.' Is it correct? Or should it be 'Who are trying to' ...
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Subject/Verb plural/single Agreement With A Dependent Clause

Please consider the following spoken sentence. A few things I noticed is she likes red and she hates green. Spoken, this sounds very correct, but if you analyze the sentence - the subject ...
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Help with Plural Objects and Subjects

I know to use 'is' for singular and 'are' for plurals. I was recently listening to a song and it reminded me of a 'rule' a teacher once told me about. The chorus repeats: Line 1: BIG GIRLS CRY WHEN ...
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Grammar: was vs. were [duplicate]

I've been looking into the difference between was and were...I think I understand it, except in this particular context. For those of you aware of the TV show "My Family", there is a scene containing ...
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Are the cats and dogs of the idiom “it's raining cats and dogs” plural in usage?

I recently heard someone say the following: It's cats and dogs out there! As in "it's raining cats and dogs out there." I then thought that person should have said Those are cats and dogs ...
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How do I refer to all the properties of one document among many documents? [duplicate]

There are many documents, and each document has many properties. I am trying to say "the properties of one of the documents" I believe that it is correct to say One of the documents' properties ...
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when writing a noun that shows a parenthetical plural suffix option, is it, “policy(ies)” or policy(s)"? [duplicate]

When writing a noun that shows a parenthetical plural suffix option, which is acceptable, "policy(ies)" or policy(s)" ?
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Adjectival noun - singular or plural or both?

If I intend to use a noun as an adjective, can I use the noun both in plural and singular form? e.g. "noun modifier", "Bacon Batch", "A news reporter", "Sports center", "email address" My feeling is ...
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Collective Noun: Is the possessive with “children” singular or plural? [duplicate]

Which is preferred: Children will have their picture displayed. OR Children will have their pictures displayed. The actually photographs of children not drawings
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Letter E as indication of plural

There is something that is puzzling me: how does etymology explains why the letter E has became a representative of plural? Tooth - Teeth Foot - Feet Man - Men Woman - Women Goose - Geese I ...
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“Time” versus “Time”: When is time plural?

I have difficulty in using time and times correctly. I understand that times may be used for some idiomatic purposes such as "at all times" or "of all times" or "some times", although sometimes it ...
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Criteria is plural, of course, but

I know that criteria is plural, but I am trying to explain a situation in which possibly the set of criterion should be considered singular. In this situation, the set of criterion, called Criteria ...
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Is there a situation where an accepted uninflected plural variant is not available?

When would you use fishes instead of fish? The same goes for fruits and any other word where a different plural form exists but the singular is most commonly used for plural. I am looking for a ...
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Struggling with Plural/Singular?

Which of the following is a grammatically correct statement? The value of cars depreciate over time. The values of cars depreciate over time. The value of cars depreciates over time. Thanks!
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Questions Regarding ‘Their' [closed]

I have some sentences and I’m not sure which ones are correct and which ones are not. They have their phones in their hands. They have their phone in their hands. They have their phone in their ...
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Plural form of abbreviation ending with “s” [duplicate]

I am wondering how can We pluralize the abbreviation "TS" (Training Sequence)? Is it " TSes" or "TS's", I think It can't be "TSs"
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Proper grammar for plural possession including myself? [duplicate]

I know that when referring to myself and a friend, it is proper to say "John and I", as opposed to "me and John". But when referring to ownership, I can't figure out whether this still applies. For ...
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Is “their futures” acceptable?

Is the following phrase grammatically correct? I am confused about the position of the adverb successfully and if the term future can be pluralized. . . . successfully prepare all students for ...
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Is it “set A or B” or “sets A or B”?

Here is my sentence: The report further identifies two partial sets, which are not in themselves default sets but which one can—wholly or partly—combine with default sets A or B, or ...
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sewer or sewers

I was playing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the NES when I stopped to ponder; when in a place full of sewage, am I in the sewer or am I in the sewers? Mayhaps both? Also on further use of the root ...
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What are the plural forms of the words “octopus” and “platypus”? [duplicate]

I've seen "octopuses" and "platypuses", respectively, but I've also seen "octopi" and"platypi". Which is correct, and why?
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“Who has” or “Who have” when referring to a collection of people in a department [duplicate]

I have spoken with Education Unit who has requested a contract. I have spoken with Education Unit who have requested a contract. Which of the above is most acceptable in British English?
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Hoard of bugs was/were squashed? [duplicate]

Is hoard of bugs to be treated as singular or plural? ...and what we mean by that is that a hoard of bugs were squashed relentlessly in this release ...and what we mean by that is that a ...
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horde or hordes [closed]

When should I say "a horde" and when should I say "hordes"? Would "hordes of brain-hungry zombies" be more zombies than "a horde of brain hungry zombies"? Or is one of these options incorrect? Is it ...
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Plural modifying noun

Where can I learn about the English rules for noun phrases in which a modifying noun is semantically plural? We say "Horse trainer," not "horses trainer", even though there is usually more than one ...
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Can “thing” refer to a group (plural)?

Consider the following sentence: People are the most valuable thing a computer has ever encountered. Since "people" is plural, should I use "things" instead of "thing"?
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The topic is/are smart homes [duplicate]

What is correct? 1.) The topic is smart homes. 2.) The topic are smart homes. Regarding 1.) It sounds wrong for me, but in my opinion grammatically correct. Regarding 2.) It sound right, but ...
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On the grounds that [closed]

Which is correct: "on the grounds that" or "on the ground that" if only one 'ground' is given?
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is “modus operandi” singular or plural?

Is the phrase (as used in English) "modus operandi" singular or plural? And if the former, what is its plural form [or vice versa]? (To my untutored eye, "modus" seems to be a singular form, while ...