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

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She sets off for India or She set off for India

I want to say she's going on a journey with the words "set off". Should it be 1 or 2? She sets off for India. She set off for India.
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Reservation or reservations?

I have booked a table for ten at a restaurant. Now, I need to inform them that I have done so. Do I say,"The reservations are for 11.30." or "The reservation is for 11.30." ? Alternatively, can I use ...
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The Plural of Email - Emails? [duplicate]

I debated with my peers that we can use the word emails when referring to more than one and it would be grammatically right. But most of them said since we don't say we received mails today, ...
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I want to know when to use “has” or “have” with “who” [duplicate]

In the sentence, "We want to know who have to pay.", why does "who have" sound wrong?
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Are words like “scissors” plural?

I never hear "scissor" or "pant" or "jean". It's always "scissors", "pants", and "jeans", respectively. Are they considered plural?
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What should we use instead of “it” when to emphasize more?

We use it when emphasizing that we refer to one particular thing. For instance, "It is Lawrence you should be talking to". Or, "It was malaria that killed him." What pronoun should we apply when we ...
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Smoking, drinking and eating are not allowed

I live in Bangkok and on the intercom in the subway they constantly say Smoking, drinking and eating are not allowed. To me it sounds weird. I’d say Smoking, drinking and eating is not allowed. ...
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Is literature as in 'the literature' singular or plural

When referring to literature in the sense of academic literature or philosophical literature I have sometimes heard people use the noun as if it were similar to the word 'people.' For example: 'The ...
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Is there a singular-plural conflict in the song title “Terror Couple Kill Colonel”? [duplicate]

I'm not English-speaking, and I'm wondering about the title of the song by band Bauhaus - "Terror Couple Kill Colonel" "Kill" implies a singular subject, yet couple refers to multiple subjects. Why ...
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plural changes in velocity .

Is the plural for changes in velocity delta velocity's or deltas velocity? Basis for confusion:attorneys general. Each stage in a rocket has a set amount of delta velocity, or the amount the velocity ...
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Is “software” singular or plural? Can “softwares” be used instead? [duplicate]

I was just reading the wikipedia page on the M3U playlist format when I noticed the second sentence seemed somehow wrong to my ears. Uses just seems wrong here. It originally was designed for ...
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You'll see them in future “as it is” OR “as they are”?

Let all the boxes be "as they are" OR "as it is"? Thanks for reading..
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Computing: 32 bit or 32 bits? [duplicate]

This question comes from this other debate at SuperUser Forum. I have asked it here too because: It appears not to be only a technical question, but a language question too. Most of the answers in ...
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How do you form the plural of an elided/contracted noun?

The noun, without elision, is "beatings". Singular, elided, is "beatin'" (note the apostrophe). So what's the plural? I considered "beatins'" (note the apostrophe) and "beatin's" but neither of them ...
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Singular or plural with attractiveness? [duplicate]

Q. Her eyes are (OR is) her only attractiveness.
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Which is the correct plural of Atlas? [closed]

Good evening, in a "creative writing" course this question was brought up. Some of my classmates argued the plural form is "Atlas" because the word comes from Latin. Others favored "Atlases". What is ...
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Mixing single digit and double digit numbers - how to write formally

If writing about numbers below 10, I spell the word out ('two out of four people use grammar correctly'). If writing about numbers greater than or equal to 10, I use digits ('15 out of 20 people use ...
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My favorite animal are dogs [duplicate]

My favorite animal are dogs. Is this acceptable? I believe this is ok because I see "animal" as one species and "dogs" as the variety of breeds. Of course, the best answer would be "my favorite ...
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Is “geometry” plural or singular? [closed]

Which one of the following sentences is correct? The geometry of the objects are known. The geometry of the objects is known. Both cases are common in the literature and have been used ...
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bigger/larger number of mole(s)

I keep re-reading this sentence and it just sounds so wrong to me. I am not quite sure which part is wrong but I am sure that there is something wrong with it. Am I supposed to use the word bigger or ...
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Point[s] of datum vs. point[s] of data

I know that there's no any shortage of controversy about "data" and "datum", but I've recently questioned the validity in the specific case of "I am but a point of data". Is this, under the strict ...
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Do I use “is” or “are”? [duplicate]

Monetary donations, floats, volunteers, and a big audience are needed! or Monetary donations, floats, volunteers, and a big audience is needed! Which is correct: is needed or are ...
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On using a plural for an action to be performed multiple times

I've always wondered which of the following is correct: "I would like to give a speech on the 12th and the 17th" "I would like to give speeches on the 12th and the 17th" In this scenario, I'm ...
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Flow rates correlations or Flow rate correlations [duplicate]

I do have a rather basic question. Does one say: "Flow rates correlations" or "Flow rate correlations" in English. Is there some specific rule to follow here?
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Why do we use the singular in a comparative sentence?

In a comparative sentence, like the one below, we use the singular form in the second clause: Rebecca is the most beautiful girl in the school. She is more beautiful than any other girl and not: ...
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Does bit (information) have a plural [closed]

I'm wondering if the word "bit" in its information theory / computer science sense actually has a plural. If "bit" is used like a unit of measurement, then it should mostly be used in its singular ...
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Use is or are with the plural “statistics”? [duplicate]

I have the following sentence: "Statistics is my passion and I am always eager to accept new challenges" I am not sure about the statistics and the is. Is this correct? Because statistics is ...
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Anglicized plural and zero plural

What is the difference between "anglicized plural" and "zero plural"? I found those terms used in http://www.onlinegrammar.com.au/plural-of-status/ which says, What is the correct plural of ...
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“Any question” versus “any questions” [duplicate]

What is the proper use of question versus questions. For example, "Please call me with any question (or questions) you may have." My boss and I are having an argument over this.
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“The best (and one of very few) website[s]”

Stack Exchange is the best (and one of very few useful) question-and-answer websites in the world. In this statement, should it be website (where "best" overrules "one of very few") or websites ...
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“Table of Contents” vs. “Table of Content”

If I ask an English speaker to spell out TOC, I would expect it to be "Table of Contents" with an 's'. But I not much but sometimes do see "Table of Content" without an 's' in some books. Is this ...
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Person versus People

When is the proper time to use the word "persons" in a sentence instead of using "people"?
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Use of plural of “breakfast”

I found myself discussing the eating activity of my cats with... my cats. Anyway, I said to them "Huh, you two didn't eat your breakfasts!" At this point, I paused, realizing that sounded very odd to ...
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“Inspection of A and B is/are already done”

My friend wrote: Inspection of Indian Embassy and Bangladesh Embassy is already done. Rest of the inspection is expected soon! I think the first sentence is ungrammatical, the is must be an are ...
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Using the singular form of the word “subject” in a sentence

I was told today that the following sentence was incorrect because the noun "subject" is countable and therefore should have been put in the plural. "I have to change subject every time." However, I ...
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Has “as-is” plural form? [duplicate]

I wanted to shorten a sentence: "Let the procedures leave in their original state." I wrote "Let the procedures leave as-is." Is it correct or I had to use "Let the procedures leave as-are." Has the ...
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Declension is a noun. What is the verb? [closed]

Based on Wikipedia article, in linguistics, declension is the inflection of nouns, pronouns, adjectives, and articles to indicate number (at least singular and plural), case (nominative or subjective, ...
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Referring to a plural noun as singular?

I came across this sentence online: C extensions are a big part of the Ruby ecosystem. Now, the word "C extensions" is the subject of the sentence and it's in plural form. The writer wants to ...
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Plural of “first child”

If multiple people each have a first child, are those children collectively referred to as first children or first childs? The former seems more consistent with the usual plural of child, but the ...
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The Company is/are conundrum [duplicate]

With the imminent release of Elite: Dangerous, I'm an avid reader of various threads on the official forums, and reddit. This thread popped up on my radar (I am Fiennes), and I believe that I ...
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What is the best time / are the best times for a meeting?

I'm about to arrange a meeting with a person. I have a feeling that when I say "What is the best time for a meeting?", I'm sort of forcing them to come up with one option only. I'd like to show them ...
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What is the plural of 'only child'?

I suppose it would be 'only children' but that does not sound quite right. For example, a schoolteacher might say, "in my class there are seven only children".
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“Hidden layer sizes” vs “Hidden layers sizes” [duplicate]

I am writing a neural network application. In this application, a neural network can have one or more hidden layers, which can have different sizes (neuron counts). Which label would be correct: ...
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“Effort has been made” or “Efforts have been made” [closed]

I want to say During the past years, effort(s) has been made to ... Since the scenario is that there are many groups of people involved, I am not sure which one I should use.
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“0.4 miles away” or “0.4 mile away” [duplicate]

Is it "0.4 miles away" or "0.4 mile away"? My intuition tells the first form is correct, but a colleague isn't convinced.
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is this the correct form of the usage each and every? [duplicate]

Each day I arrive at work it usually is the same routine. Every funeral home is organized the same.
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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 ...