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

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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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If every brother has one book, are they brothers' books or brothers' book?

Let's assume I have two brothers, Cain and Abel. Cain has book A, Abel has book B. Should I call that books "my brothers' books" or "my brothers' book" to distinguish between having one book or more ...
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Correct use of 'comprise'

Is this sentence grammatically correct? "The application site comprises an existing care home which has 59 bedrooms and 85 registered bed spaces" I was under the impression that 'comprise' would ...
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Should I use “has” or “have” for “Is there any field or fields that ____ this property?” [on hold]

I have no idea what a good title for this question should be. I'm asking a database guy about a problem with our data. I'm considering phrasing it this way: Is there any other field or fields ...
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“How many is there” vs. “How many are there” [on hold]

There are ten bottles of juice on a shelf. If you get someone to count them, do you ask : How many are there? or How many is there?
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Uncountable noun examples [on hold]

We were taught at school that if we want to make something plural, we should add "s" at the end. Later on, I learned that there are uncountable nouns. Not so much familiar with it. Can you please give ...
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material vs materials. Which is correct?

When you talk about a collection of snippets and facts for an article, do you say "material" or "materials"?
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Is “criterions” a valid plural for “criterion”?

Is criterions a valid plural for criterion? Dictionary.com says it is, but Oxford does not confirm or reject it.
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Plural or singular when stating that an amount is enough

A colleague of mine corrected the following sentence in a text I had written: A handful of iterations was generally enough for convergence. According to her it should be: A handful of iterations ...
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'Employee Profiles' or 'Employees Profiles' or 'Employees' Profiles'? [duplicate]

I had a spat with a coworker. We are compiling a software feature list. One of the entries was the "Employee Profile". However, we wanted to write it down in plural. So, which one should it be? 1 ...
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“Users accounts” or “user accounts”? [duplicate]

I feel this has been asked a multiple times, but just to make it more clear could someone please tell me which one is correct? Multiple users having multiple accounts = Users accounts ...
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Is “mes” an accepted plural form of “me”?

Is mes (the first two letters pronounced the same way as me, an alternate spelling is probably me's) an accepted plural form of me? There are other mes in other possible worlds.
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Either X(s) or Y(s) is/are [on hold]

I am confused on how to formulate sentences with (n)either...(n)or and the form of verb. Which sentence is gramatically correct? "Either my uncle or aunt are visiting me today" "Either my uncle or ...
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Question tag for “many a …”

Consider the sentence "Many a rose bloomed in the garden." If you had to substitute "many a rose" with a pronoun, what would it be? "Many a ..." takes a singular verb. Does that mean it can be ...
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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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Is or are - “The most preferable length of the internship is 3 months but 2 is also acceptable”

Could you tell me, what is the correct form? "The most preferable length of the internship is/ are 3 months but 2 is/are also acceptable" My intuition tells me that should be 'is' but 'are' ...
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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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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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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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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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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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has scientists excited or has excited scientists?

I saw the following on the Facebook page of Time. Is "has scientists excited" or the perfect version "has excited scientists" correct? What's the difference if both are correct? The recent ...
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Apostrophes and caps in Happy Mother’s Day / Happy Mothers’ Day

So, I’m writing this as it is Mother’s (or maybe Mothers’) Day today, and I was wondering what would be a correct way to write that. Should the apostrophe come be between the r and the s, or after ...
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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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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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Is “data” considered singular or plural?

Related to this question and this question. My non-native English speaking friend just asked me: Data is ... or Data are ... I said both but that's because I've been desensitized from ...
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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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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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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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“One of my friends” vs. “one of my friend”

Which of the following is correct? Yesterday, I met one of my friends. Yesterday, I met one of my friend.
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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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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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Verb Plurality Agreement [migrated]

The poems colorful images give the reader pleasure. Is the use of give here correct or should gives be used?
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Plural of table leaf

In the context of a table leaf, what is the correct plural term, "table leafs" or "table leaves"?
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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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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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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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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 ...