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

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Plural or singular after uncountable noun connected with “and”? [duplicate]

What is the correct use? His stool and urine ARE normal. His stool and urine IS normal.
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Using plural for two individual objects of the same kind

Assume Einstein conjectured something (in Mathematics) and Zweistein conjectured something slightly stronger (implies Einstein's conjecture). Which one of the following is correct?: (a) Every X ...
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“Figure 1 and 2” or “Figures 1 and 2”

I would like to know which one of the following is correct: Figures 1 and 2 indicate that... Figure 1 and 2 indicate that... Figure 1 and 2 indicates that... other possibilities?
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Answering a singular question with a plural answer

If somebody asks a question in the singular, how do we give a plural answer? Here's an example, with three different possible ways to answer. (The part of the answer that has the plural sense is ...
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“An alternative mean” or “An alternative means”? [closed]

I am not sure if I should use "an alternative mean for..." or "an alternative means for..." to express another way of doing something. Since I use "an", I feel it is nature to use the singular form ...
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Is there a contraction for “where are” like “where's” for “where are”?

What is a contraction for where are? I wanted to ask "Where are the keys?" but want to use a contraction. Do I have to just say Where are, or can I say Where's and it's understood?
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St. Matthew's vs. St. Matthew

What is the proper spelling: St Matthew's or St. Matthew when not followed by the word "Church". * "There will undoubtedly be tradeoffs that I will have to make if I stay with St. Matthew’s." ...
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When is it important to use the plural of “system?”

When would system need to be pluralized? Say you offer two products that serve the same function. Do you offer two systems or one system? To try and give an example... I have an integrated facial ...
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Using a singular or plural verb after “and/or”

If the subject of a sentence is separated by "and/or", should the verb be pluralized, as with "and", or agree with the rightmost subject, as with "or"? For example: His co-workers and/or his boss ...
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Plural for “photo”?

What's the proper plural for "photo" - "photos", "photoes", or it is generally desired to rephrase the whole thing and stick with "photographs", "images", "shots", "pictures", etc? As for usage ...
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Forming the possessive of a username that is a contraction

Suppose there was a user of one of these sites whose handle was Won't. How would one form the possessive of this username to refer to that user's post?* Won't's answer Given that the 's ...
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“Are any classes taught on…” or “Is any class taught on…”

Should I say: "Are any classes taught on Wednesdays?" Or should I instead say "Is any class taught on Wednesdays?" Which one is correct/more appropriate?
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Student Association or Students Association [duplicate]

We are forming a new organization which is going to be named either “Nepalese Students Association” or “Nepalese Student Association”. I am confused on which one is the grammatically correct form? ...
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When to use singular or plural of nouns [closed]

I'm not sure which to use of these to use: The art of extracting onion from salad. The art of extracting onion from a salad. The art of extracting onions from salad. The art of extracting onions ...
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Is “waiting times” correct?

Is the plural correct in this sentence? It should cut the time between initial examination and diagnosis, reducing waiting times before treatment. Can I just say waiting time instead of ...
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Correct use of 'majority'

I believe majority is correctly used with a plural noun — "majority of people" or "majority of voters". It's becoming used frequently with a singular noun — "majority of work" or "majority ...
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Do robotic insects have “antennas” or “antennae”?

I know that insects have antennae and machines have antennas. Which plural form should I use for something that’s both insectoid and a machine? Does one officially take precedence?
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Organisation - singular or plural? [duplicate]

In formal (not colloquial) English, is an organisation such as a sports club singular, plural, or is it discretionary? E.g. is it preferable to write "The X club WAS formed" or "The X club WERE ...
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The double 'i' is cool, but what's the rule?

At least to a self professed geek its cool to write words like fungii and radii, so naturally in some informal communications I take every opportunity to apply the suffix where it's probably not ...
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“Favorite fruits are grapes” or “favorite fruit is grapes”

I think I understood the general idea of fruits vs fruit, but what about the situation where you're saying: "My favorite fruits are grape"? This made me cringe when I saw it in an English course ...
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He still thinks that what he sees in the TV and movies is real

Is the verb agreement correct in this sentence (... is real and not ...are real)?
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Why do they use “Apple are” instead of “Apple is”? [duplicate]

Examples taken from OMG Ubuntu: Apple are expected to finally give a release date for OS X Mavericks, the latest update to their desktop operating system at an event today. For Mavericks ...
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using only in plural

This is the question: A: Does she have many books? B: ................. She only has two books. a. Yes, she does. b. No, she does not. My answer is B, am I wrong? My friend absolutely ...
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Use of plural form when applied to both singular and plural cases

There is a situation where I have never worked out the correct thing to do. For example, here is a sentence I just used in a comment on Stack Overflow: The 'strong disagreement' was about ...
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Is it “invoice receivables” or “invoices receivable”?

The latter follows the analogy of accounts receivable as a post-positive adjective.
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Verbs that follow an amount of time, singular or plural? [duplicate]

Which one is grammatically correct? One hour and a half is all you have left. One hour and a half are all you have left. Two hours is all you have left. Two hours are all you have left. ...
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Use of singular or plural verb in a list joined by “or” [duplicate]

In a list of singular items with an "or" should the verb be singular or plural? e.g. Sometimes the fence, the wall, or the ditch (was/were) destroyed.
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Many to one or many to many

Record A is linked to case 1 Record B is linked to case 2 Record C is linked to case 3 Which of the following sentences is correct? There are 3 records linked to a case There are 3 ...
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Why is “shrimp” the plural of “shrimp”? [closed]

When you talk about "shrimp" in the plural, there's no "s." However, how can you explain it grammatically?
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Grammatical correctness of a sentence

Recently I read a sentence - The French Rooms, at least until modern periods are reached, are a demonstration that in the sphere of aesthetics, science does not produce the greatest artists - that ...
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Singular nouns in plural form

Is the following sentence correct? There is a woods near our house. (I am talking about one woods, but it is a bit awkward to use "a" before "woods". Hence I am not sure about this.)
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Concord of “scholarly enquiry combined with introspection” [duplicate]

What is correct: Scholarly enquiry combined with introspection reveals Scholarly enquiry combined with introspection reveal
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“big cheers” and “a big cheer”

Can I say "Please give your children big cheers at the playing field? Or should I say "Please give your children a big cheer?" Do these mean different things?
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Whether to use the singular or plural form of basis?

Is it: "coming to these conclusions on the basis of this study" or "coming to these conclusions on the bases of this study"? Do we use the singular "basis" because it is just one study or the plural ...
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the rest of her family was or the rest of her family were [duplicate]

which is correct: a) she didn't mind a mild storm when the rest of her family were present b) she didn't mind a mild storm when the rest of her family was present
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“is like” , “are like” comparison between singular and plural

So I had a debate with a friend, where that friend is of the opinion that you can't compare singular entities with plural ones Eg : Women are like a magnet, always attractive! (Just an example) Women ...
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Do we use a singular or plural noun when referring to a common thing that many things have? [duplicate]

For example, in this sentence: Remind employees to write their name/names on the schedule/schedules on the lid/lids of the photocopiers. How do you think it should be written? Personally, I ...
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One of the many things that (have or has)? affected me was [closed]

One of the most significant adversities that (have or has)? affected me was....
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Two questions are what I wanted to ask [duplicate]

In sentences like "Two questions are what I wanted to ask", should I treat the subject, "Two questions", as singular or plural? It seems more natural to treat it as plural. But when I reverse the ...
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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. ...