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

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Why is the plural form of “house” not “hice”? [duplicate]

The plural of mouse is mice, and the plural of louse is lice. Why is the plural form of house not hice? According to Merriam-Webster, the word house is already longer in the language, just as mouse ...
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Why is the plural form of Moose not Meese? [on hold]

Is there a reason that Moose becomes Mooses instead of Meese (as in tooth/teeth and foot/feet)
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New and Updated App(s)

Should apps be plural in the following circumstances? "1 New and 1 Updated App(s)" "150 New and 1 Updated App(s)" Or would it be correct to write... "1 New App and 1 Updated App" "150 New Apps ...
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Singular and plural ambiguity of the noun “trio”

According to dictionary.com, a trio is defined as "any group of three persons or things". trio noun, plural trios. any group of three persons or things. Trio is a singular noun that ...
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agreeing articles and the noun in enumeration

I'm writing a technical paper, where I discuss the behavior of contacts between two slightly different materials. What is the correct way to write it: A contact between a green and a red balls A ...
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article usage with singular nouns

Do I have to use a/an articles before singular nouns, always or can I eliminate them? Is this true? I saw dog yesterday.
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Are there rules that can be followed with plural or is it meant to be this way?

In my quest to learn something new, I started with simple ones where I come across this poem "Why English is hard to learn": We'll begin with box, the plural is boxes, But the plural of ox ...
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Difference between traumata and traumas?

Why are there two plural forms of trauma? How do traumas and traumata differ in origin and nature? Is one incorrect?
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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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Subject-verb agreement question. [migrated]

Which sentence is correct, "These accusations of plagiarism has to stop or "These accusations of plagiarism have to stop". The reason that I ask is because I believe the first sentence is correct, the ...
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Should “something, and therefore something” be referred to as singular or plural?

For example, if I have the sentence Due to the improvement of our algorithm, our model, and therefore simulation, becomes more realistic. Should the becomes be instead written as become? Does ...
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Is “both” singular?

Is the following correct? Both of these essentially act as a WebKit wrapper. Or should it be the following? Both of these essentially acts as a WebKit wrapper. Context.
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Can the word “settings” be used in singular form to mean “parameter”? [on hold]

Take for example Google Chrome browser's settings. There are a lot of parameters (?) there. Or one could probably say, "a lot of settings." But can one refer to some particular parameter using the ...
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Is it one coast or two?

If I'm discussing two segments of a contiguous coastline, should I use the singular or the plural? For example, The Washington and Oregon1 coast ... or The Washington and Oregon coasts ... ...
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Should I use “are” or “is”? [duplicate]

Should I use is or are in the following sentence: The Pearland Police Department are our brothers and sisters.
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Singular or plural verb after a list containing three items?

I'm trying to clear this up for a client. He's using the slogan "When Time, Quality and Value Matters – Count on TEAM." "Matters" sounds completely wrong to me so I changed it to "matter" on his ...
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Should objects be singular or plural in percentage statistics?

I work in marketing, so I often see stats that reference smartphone penetration/usage. Which of the following is correct? I've seen both. 65% frequently check items on their phone while in-store ...
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Historical frequency of parenthetical plural(s)

Seems to me that parenthetical plurals have been increasing in recent years. Is there any way to accurately measure this? Google Ngram Viewer seems like a method, but the use of parentheses, first ...
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Should “artifact” be plural in this sentence? [on hold]

I asked someone to review this sentence and they said that the word artifact should be plural: We interact with any number and variety of artifact in our daily lives.... I can see where the word ...
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use of “is” instead of “are” - i'm confused

"Is this the plans for the Death Star?" i would use the plural form: "Are these the plans for the Death Star?" is this just internet grammar or do i miss something? from a current reddit topic: ...
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Plural a “word + numeral” phrase [duplicate]

I want to make plural a word+numeral phrase, such as "form 100." Where does the "s" go? I think it should go after "form," even though that sounds awkward in speech.
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Plant Name Pluralisation

When one looks at any garden, every plant has an official Latin binomial taxonomical name: E.g. A favourite of mine, Allium hollandicum - Persian Onion Now most of those with whom I speak call ...
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If collective nouns use the plural verb form, are they plural in other contexts too? [closed]

According to Wikipedia, in British English, it is generally accepted that collective nouns can take either singular or plural verb forms. How does this affect their property of being singular or ...
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Singular vs plural noun following list

In the following sentence should cheese be singular or plural? Pizzeria-style crust topped with herbs, spices, Mozarella, Provolone and Parmesan cheese/cheeses & pepperoni. Pepperoni must ...
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plural noun as adjective [closed]

Can a plural noun be used as an adjective? For example "learners" followed by the word "academy" Or should "learners" be "learners"? Thank you very much.
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Plural for math notations

I have a question about the usage of plural in mathematics in the following context. Suppose we have functions $f_1, f_2, \cdots$. Which sentences is collect (if any)? Among the functions $f_i$...
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Question about plural nouns [duplicate]

I am a PHP programmer, but it does not matter right now. I have a big dilemma. I have the data set which consists of pieces of information about statuses of different sites. Which variable name is ...
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“Are” vs. “is” for proper nouns which sound plural (such as band names)

I was trying to explain to a friend that someone is no longer available on Spotify earlier today so I said the sentence: The Avalanches are no longer available on Spotify. Immediately after ...
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Why is “everybody” singular?

Why is "Everybody" in the singular? We say "People in Europe are nice". Why, then, do we say "Everybody in Europe is nice"?
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The hidden flaw in “singular they”—what to do about reflexive pronouns?

We have a highly regarded answer by nohat to a question about gender-neutral pronouns, in which he points to the "singular they" and its long history of use in English. (Note that he also advises ...
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Expresssing the number of objects

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? G is generated by 2k+t number of 7-cycles. Edit: I found the following expressions then the product set A X B has the arithmetic n X m number ...
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Number agreement when using “(s)” for optional plural

I have a question about the following construction and which instance is correct. Selecting an appropriate study topic(s). Selecting appropriate study topic(s). When it is both singular ...
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If X is resistant to Y then Y is what against X?

In pokémon there are 18 elemental types which have various strengths and weaknesses. For example, consider the following three statements. Steel is immune to poison. Steel is resistant to ice . ...
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Email Bodies or Bodys

I was wondering, how should I refer to the plural of an email body? Obviously what pops to mind is bodies. However as it's an HTML email that I'm describing, the body is actually the content of a &...
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difficult questions in English grammar about if-clauses and introductory-there

I have two questions and I really need answers. If he (won/had won) the cup after he had played the match, I'd have been happy with him ...about this sentence, I'll make it easy for you: ...
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“Who” in a Sentence [closed]

Saw the following sentence, and it threw me off a bit: "It's you who keep us inspired." Is "you" or "who" the subject of "keep"? Can "who" be either singular or plural, but it's plural in ...
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“Work” (noun) is plural or singular?

I couldn't find an answer to this question by searching the archive. If it's duplicate please let me know, and I'll remove it. I was wondeing if "work" (noun) is plural or singular? for example, I ...
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Why “themselves” and “himself”

In the earliest grades of elementary schools, students learn that "hisself" and "theirselves" are not words. I do not understand why this is. If you wanted to refer to 'his' sock, you would say "his ...
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What could be the plural of “Pidgey”? [closed]

As you maybe know, Pokémon Go was released could of days ago. I have been asking couple of question on gaming.se and my last one required me to use the plural of "Pidgey" which is the name of a ...
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Usage of Parenthetical Plural

I am trying to rewrite two sentences like the following into a single sentence using a parenthetical plural: 1: The rule will add an assertion. 2: The rule will add assertions. Combining them,...
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Are nouns used in “Types of <noun>(s)” singular or plural?

Take for example the word "liquid", which can be both uncountable and countable. Should it be - Types of liquid (There are many different types of liquid.) or Types of liquids? (There are many ...
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“Have good weekends” vs “Have a good weekend”

As a co-worker walked past me and my team mates this afternoon, he said "Bye. Have good weekends" - by which he meant that he wished each of us to have a good weekend. Was this grammatically ...
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Confusion with using singular or plural

What's correct "A, B and one other alphabet have been updated" or "A, B and one other alphabets have been updated"
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Singular and plural forms and ellipses

Consider the following sentences: The schema of the A and B buffer are called C and D, respectively. The schemas of the A and B buffer are called C and D, respectively. The schemas of the A and B ...
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What is the correct plural of octopus?

What is the correct plural of octopus: Octopi? Octopodes? Octopuses? Something else?
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Plural of nouns like “sensitivity”, “software” [duplicate]

This question has the same background as my previous one. I am struggling with countable/uncountable nouns. I am reviewing a document, containing the following sentences: Cross-verification of ...
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Why are there exceptions for the usage of 'is' and 'are' for singular pronouns?

Rule: In statements, 'is' follows a singular noun, 'are' follows a plural noun. Statements: He is hungry. (singular) They are hungry. (plural) Exception: You are hungry. (singular) Rule: In ...
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Singular or Plural Version of a Common Noun of Two Compound Nouns Combined Using “And”?

"Enter your first and last names to get started." or "Enter your first and last name to get started."
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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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English word conjugation rules

I am a programmer whose most recent project involves Natural Language Parsing and I need to be able to conjugate English Verbs and Nouns. I already have a list of Verb Irregulars but I am struggling ...