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

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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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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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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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“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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Subject/Complement Agreement. How to describe problem with “The thing is the objects.”

In my ell answer, version 32, I provided the following, problematic, wording (especially bold italic), and I need help to better understand this issue so I can fix my answer:1 The thing is ...
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“viruses” or “virii”?

Is the plural of virus "viruses" or "virii"?
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Personal Introductions: “This is” or “These are”

The Canadian children's network, Treehouse is in the process of replacing the show "This is Emily Yeung" with "This is Scarlett and Isaiah". That doesn't actually sound wrong, but would it be more ...
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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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What's the proper plural of fish? [on hold]

What's the proper plural of fish? Is it fish, fishes or are both acceptable?
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Beer vs Beers : Units vs Purchasing

I have run into a conundrum. When I go to get some friends cans of beer I say: You guys want a beer? When I am referring to going to a bar and drinking some I say: Let's go get some beers! ...
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passion is or are [duplicate]

My passion is martial arts. My passion are martial arts. My hobby is old cars. My hobby are old cars. which is correct? I'm always confused when it comes to this kind of sentences. Thanks in ...
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Why is the plural of “deer” the same as the singular?

Why is the plural version of deer identical to the singular version? If mouse became mice, then why did the singular deer not change to something else in the plural?
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The grammar of 'clothes' versus 'clothing'

Which of these is correct: I didn't realize how much clothes you had on the floor I didn't realize how much clothing you had on the floor Any additional explanation about clothes versus ...
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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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“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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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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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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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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Pluralization of currencies like the baht and the ringgit

Some currencies like the baht (Thailand) and ringgit (malaysia) seem to be either singular or plural depending on context. As far as I know, these two countries don't use bahts or ringgits to denote ...
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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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Is 'couple' ever used in the sense of 'some'?

Is the usage of the word couple (as in, "I want to ask a couple of questions...") to mean 'some' or 'few' correct (as in, interpreting given example to mean "I want to ask a few questions")? As a ...
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Plural of title of form name

I am writing a letter referencing a document title. I have several of the same document that I need to include the title of the documents in the letter. Do I write "please find six Form 2322" or ...
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What's the plural for the letter 'a'? [duplicate]

Many people (including me) do not know what the plural of the letter 'a' is, so please if you know, comment on this context. Thanks.
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Who is trying to improve their future or who are trying to improve their future?

'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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How to use apostrophes of possession [closed]

I am not sure if the apostrophe of possession is in the right place. I have written I can remember the childrens' names but not the adults' names.
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Is this question grammatically correct?

Something seems off about this sentence, but I can't put my finger on it. The sentence in question: Which countries is Nicaragua competing with? Alternatives I considered: With which ...
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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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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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What is the proper title abbreviation for addressing multiple people?

I'm writing a letter to several recipients in the same document and want to address them correctly at the start. Is the following correct (I suspect not) and if not, what should it be: Dear Mr's ...
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Is using “fruits” as the plural of “fruit” acceptable?

I've always understood the plural of fruit to be fruit, not fruits. I was looking at some marketing material and they used the word "fruits" in the following context: A unique infusion made with ...
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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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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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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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“Couple was” or “couple were” married?

I have recently read both: couple is getting married couple are getting married So which is actual usage?
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What is the plural of “scenario”?

What is the plural of "scenario"? I have always used "scenarios", but have recently come across "scenaria" and "scenarii". Should I be treating it as an Italian or Latin word?
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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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Can I use a plural last name as my company name? [closed]

So let’s assume my last name is Norton and I’m starting a publishing company. I want it to be “Nortons, Limited”. It is quite common to use plurals in company names — for example, Waterstones, ...
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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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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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“Travel” vs. “travels” [closed]

My question is about the formation of a plural form of the noun travel. I have a folder on my PC that contains the photos from my different travels (France, Germany etc.), I want to create a folder ...
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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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Is the plural form of “Mercedes” a disused word?

In the picture below: 1) are there two Mercedeses? Or, 2) are there two Mercedes? Can we infer from this nGram that the plural noun "Mercedeses" is a disused word, hence the sentence 2) ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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"