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

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What is the plural of “Starbucks”?

I was travelling, and I was standing in a spot where I could see three Starbucks shops. Rather than thinking "North American cultural imperialism", my brain had a melt down over what the plural of ...
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Is collocation “Best wishes” plural or not?

On the eve of the International Women's Day I faced the problem of composing congratulatory email for colleagues. How should I write the next sentence? Here's my best wishes to you on ...
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“Cabbage and beets together sounds good.” or “Cabbage and beets together sound good.”

Cabbage and beets is not a single dish. Does the word 'together' make the subject singular?
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Is 'rest' singular or plural?

When 'rest' means what is left after everything or everyone has gone, been used, dealt with, or mentioned, is it singular or plural? My guess is, this depends. When 'rest' refers to countable things ...
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Is who singular or plural? [migrated]

What do residential areas in a big city look like, and who lives there? or is it .... who live there? There are more people there so would live be correct?
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English is or are [duplicate]

Which is correct? There are a million excuses, but none of them is very good. There are a million excuses, but none of them are very good.
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“Sally's and Mike's bikes” or “Sally and Mike's bikes”? [duplicate]

The title really says it all. When there are two subjects in the possessive, what do we do? If "Sally's and Mike's bikes" is correct, isn't this ambiguous? (As the phrase could either be referring to ...
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suburb to city?

The following sentence is taken from Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary: Today most commutes were not suburb to city but from one suburb to another. What interests me is the use of un-inflected ...
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Plurality of phrases describing categories of objects

When talking about a specific category of objects, does it make more sense to attach plurality to the label of the category, as in: Dogs are in the kingdom of animals, which also include cats. ...
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One of the 'Organisation' or 'Organisations'

I am writing an essay and stuck with the following sentence. One of the non-profit organisation that we worked with... Should organisation be plural or singular?
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Singular or plural for multiple subjects? [duplicate]

Which is more correct to say: Five and four are eight Five and four is eight My Logic teacher has sent this to us to figure out. What is written above is all the information we were given. I ...
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Can “masters” (plural) be used to refer to a single entity?

I was perusing the forums of a video game I play. I began reading a thread about the lore of the game, because a few things lore-wise are left pretty vague. Two individuals got into an argument about ...
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Plural of “Index” - “Indexes” or “indices”?

A table can have one index, or it has two or more [.....]? Is it indexes or indices? I'm just asking since I've noticed that they're both used quite often. Even Wikipedia seems to support both ...
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Is this compound noun compose of a group of many things plural or singular? [duplicate]

In the following sentence, I'm not sure whether the noun should be considered plural or singular? A grid pattern of streets (Main, Elm, First) are shown. Or: A grid pattern of streets (Main, ...
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What is the proper way to write the plural of a single letter? (another apostrophe question)

When writing (a blog post, script, etc..) what is the proper way to indicate two or more instances of a single letter? For instance, in Monty Python's Bookshop Sketch: C: I wonder if you might ...
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Why is 'offices' pluralised in the definition for 'A service'?

Caution: Please beware that this question doesN'T duplicate my other more especial one that's confined to the set expresion 'good offices'. 3. (usually offices) {noun} = A service done for another ...
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Why must 'offices' be pluralised in 'good offices'? [closed]

Source: p 529, Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 119 Temple's reply was prompt aud generous. Swift was forthwith ordained, and presented by Lord Capel, the then Lord-Deputy (we are ...
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use of “one of ” [migrated]

Which of these sentences is correct and why? 1) One of his notable works is Swami and his friends. 2) One of his notable work is Swami and his friends. 3) One of his notable works are ...
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Singular or plural following a list

Can anyone tell me if I should use inspire or inspires in this phrase? An extraordinary leader whose vision, values, integrity and boundless curiosity inspires all who follow in his footsteps.
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Thesis name (singular vs. plural)

I need to choose a name for my masters thesis (computer science degree). My current name proposal is following: Computer Vision Application in a Driver Assistance System What I am not sure of is ...
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Is “a group” singular or plural?

I was wondering what number the verb 'to snowboard' should take in the following sentence: A group of men, led by Olympic athlete John Rider, snowboard(s) down the gently sloping hills. Because ...
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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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Correct usage: fields of A and B vs fields of A and of B?

I am writing about a scientific article which treats a question on the borderline between two distinctly different research areas, A and B. I need a phrase saying "The work belongs to the field of A ...
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plural or singular in this sentence

The product and the scale have changed from a small prototype to many production units. The product along with the scale has changed from a small prototype to many production units. Can ...
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Is “Cost savings” a singular term or plural terms?

Can I use Cost savings in the following sentence as a singular term? Cost savings is often seen with these program.
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Plural magazine title = plural verb? [duplicate]

If the title of the magazine is plural, eg "Reflections", "Homes and Gardens" - should I write: "Reflections" explore the issue ... or: "Reflections" explores the issue... Is a singular or plural ...
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What is the plural form of 'apocalypse'?

It was asked facetiously on the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer years ago, but surprisingly I have been unable to find a definitive answer on any of the common reference sites (such as ...
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Difference between “Numbers analysis” and “number analysis”

The company I work for offers an analysis of a business' financials. We'd love to call it either of the above, whichever is grammatically correct!
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“one in four kids”: has or have? [duplicate]

Which of these two statements is correct? Did you know 1 in 4 kids have an undetected vision problem? Did you know 1 in 4 kids has an undetected vision problem?
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How to write correctly chains of nouns with plurals like “Messages List” and “Apple Count” for IT

Especially in IT it is often neccessary to write chains of nouns like "Messages List" because one cannot use "The list of messages" for variable name in a programming language. I can't understand how ...
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Equivalent of using (s) to indicate possible plural for words using “ies” for plural? [duplicate]

If I want to write how many of something I have that uses "s" to indicate plural, I can use (s), as in "Joe had X apple(s)". But say I want to write something like "The report contains 2 entries" or ...
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Is two-thirds plural?

Is 2/3 always, sometimes or never plural? E.g. 1a) 2/3 of the pizza were eaten. 1b) 2/3 of the pizza was eaten. 2a) 2/3 of the visitors were men. 2b) 2/3 of the visitors was men. I ...
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What to use plural or singular in 'document(s) repository'?

What is the correct way to name 'storage of documents' with usage of 'repository' and 'document' words? Which one is correct: document repository documents repository Why?
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What's the plural of “picking up”?

I'm writing in the context of ice skating. This is the sentence I wish to construct: There will be many falls, but serious injuries are rare, and picking ups are easy. "picking up" is the ...
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Can I use the plural form when stating the possession of just one item?

If I want to say I have something without emphasis on the quantity, are both of these sentences ok? I have an apple. I have apples. (I may just have one apple.)
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Should the possessed be singular or plural in this case?

"... making the life of millions of people happier ..." or "... making the lives of millions of people happier ..." The first one could be interpreted as "every person lives one single joint life", ...
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“Number of users are” vs “Numbers of users are”

I am using Word to write an article. It keeps suggesting that Number of users are should be replaced by Numbers of users are or by Number of users is. My question is whether either of the following ...
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Why is “I believe in woman” ok? Or isn't it? (from Slade's “My Oh My”)

This first line of the song is I believe in woman, my oh my. I'm not a native speaker, but that sounds odd to me. I'd either expect women (I believe in women [in general]) or some kind of determiner ...
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Usage of double plural

Here we have the plural in the end: "communication technology services" Here we have two plurals(quite common in google): "communications technology services" Eventually, we could have three ...
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Mixing plural and singular list items with a single verb

A friend wants to write, There is no hardware to purchase, no additional software to install and no key fobs to worry about. This is awkward because the verb "is" doesn't match up with the third ...
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Do you use the plural or singular when asking for a comparison?

On a web page form the following question is asked: "Are your business and home address the same?*" Is this correct? I am often wrong about stuff like this but shouldn't it be: "Are your business ...
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Compound subject or not? Plural or singular verb?

Is give or gives correct in the following sentence: Substantial experience combined with my programming skills give(s) me the expertise needed to complete the job efficiently. Is "combined ...
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Is the following: “The people of USA has…” correct? [duplicate]

I know that the word "people" can be singular to refer to a specific unit, be they nationality, ethnic, or tribe. With that being said, is it correct if I write in my essay: The people of USA has ...
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A battery of tests is/are

This is from a recent article: He was rushed to the hospital immediately and a battery of tests was conducted. Now shouldn't it be He was rushed to the hospital immediately and a battery ...
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