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Why is the plural of “aircraft” not “aircrafts”?

I came along this sentence: Today, we have used a large number of assets, comprising of 34 aircraft, 40 ships, hundreds of men, thousands of man-hours has been deployed I consulted dictionaries ...
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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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Skullcandys or Skullcandies? [on hold]

'Skullcandy' is a plural noun but can also refer to a product, so will the plural be Skullcandys or Skullcandies?
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Use of the word “beeves”

In what sentence would you need to use the plural of beef? The plural is beeves. Plural form of beef (sense 1 of the noun). [OD] I have tried every sentence that it could be necessary but I ...
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“Decides that” or “Decide that” - which is correct and why? [duplicate]

"The coaching staff decides that changes must be made." or "The coaching staff decide that changes must be made."
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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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Which is correct: “Real Madrid compete very well,” or “Real Madrid competes very well?” [duplicate]

I think there's a difference in the ways in which sports announcers from the U.S. and U.K. refer to the teams. If my memory serves me correctly, I think announcers in FIFA from the U.K. will use forms ...
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Is “make no mistake” a mistake?

Is "make no mistake" proper grammar? Isn't "no" being used as a quantifier? Aren't quantified nouns supposed to be plural when the quantity is none? For example, I was taught to say, "one egg" and ...
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In baseball, is it proper to pluralize “RBI”?

In baseball, an RBI is a Run(s) batted in. So it's already "plural". So if I were to say, Paul Konerko had five RBIs. Is that correct, or should I say Paul Konerko had five RBI.
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Plural form after “with” (common property of multiple objects)

When I describe several objects with a common property, do I denote that property in the plural like: several samples with large surface areas or do I use the singular form, since it's one ...
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Is “geniuses” or “genii” the correct plural of genius? [closed]

Would it be correct for a genius to refer to his/her fellow geniuses as "genii"?
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Question on plural [closed]

Say there are two universities and each has a faculty of medicine. So when I refer to the two faculties, do I say - (a) The faculties of medicine of the two universities; or (b) The faculty of ...
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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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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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What job don't students like very much?

I need to have my English students read a pie chart containing information about jobs. One of the questions I wrote is: "What job don't students like very much?" (They are expected to read the ...
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Do you use “there is” or “there are” before a list?

When I use "there are:" (with a colon) to introduce a list starting with a singular item, should I use "there is" or "there are"? According to grammar rules, I should use "there is" if the following ...
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Is “et al.” used as a singular or plural subject?

When referring to multiple authors by using the name of the first author and "et al.", is it correct to grammatically treat this as one person or multiple persons? Gamma et al. are saying in their ...
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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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is/are for multiple categories [closed]

If my company has 1 managerial employee and 1 janitorial employee, which of the following three sentences is correct? (a), (b) or (c)? (a) There is 1 managerial and 1 janitorial employee in our ...
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how do we pronounce the plural form of kg in a sentence?

Could you tell me whether we need to say " I want three kg of carrot " or " I want three kgs of carrot "? Is the former the correct way of writing it? Thank you
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Temperature vs Temperatures

What is the explanation for the following sentence being written as it is: The newborn baby was discovered by passing cyclists on a day when temperatures surpassed 40 degrees Celsius. The ...
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How to Pluralize a Proper Noun That Already Has a “'s” In It

How does one pluralize a proper noun that already has an apostrophe in its singular form? for example, McDonalds'... How would I say there are three McDondald's in California? Please note: I am ...
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Does “including” change the plural?

When the phrase "including something" is used, will the plural changed? For example: Everyone is required to wear shoes. Everyone, including the staff, is/are required to wear shoes.
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's for plural things [duplicate]

Suppose we have a single assumption and we want to validate it, we write "assumption's validation" But if we had multiple assumptions which have to be validated, what should we say? Is there any ...
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Are they “in a good mood“ or ”in good moods"?

Just now I was walking my dogs down S St. in Sacramento. We were gaining on a woman walking in front of us, when she turned around to see who was behind her. "Sorry," I said. "We aren't going to ...
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Both plural and singular verb with the same single item

I've encountered the following sentence: Paper is a modern icon theme whose design is based around the use of simple geometry to compose icons. Paper icons are under heavy development and is ...
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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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Magazine titles. Singular or Plural?

I have seen many different magazine titles. Some of them are singular and some of them are plural. ex) 'Home and Garden' vs. 'Homes and Gardens'. I don't think that it is about whether the noun in the ...
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Is the plural form of ID spelled ID's or ID? [duplicate]

How to write or tell that collection of Email ID's has been attached.
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Pluralization of “Participle”

Why is the plural formation of "participle" simply formed by adding -s. The etymology of the word is Latin in origin. Would it possible end with an -I or -ae. . . or some other Latin plural ...
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Which is correct, Credential or Credentials? [closed]

Is singular correct, or is plural of "credential" correct for a single username & password pair?
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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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Collective nouns treated as singular and plural in the same sentence

I have a problem with a sentence in a news announcement I'm writing. This is the sentence: 1) Company X is expanding and hires Person Y as their new CEO. I've previously understood that it is ...
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Point, points, or points' distribution in space? [duplicate]

Let's say there are 10 points on a plane, and I'd like to describe their distribution as homogeneous. Which of the following is correct? The point distribution is homogeneous. The points ...
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What do we call the “rd” in “3ʳᵈ” and the “th” in “9ᵗʰ”?

Our numbers have a specific two-letter onomatopoeia combination that tells us how the number sounds. For example 9th 3rd 301st What do we call these special sounds? --EDIT-- As mentioned in the ...
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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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Basic Grammar for a beginner [closed]

Can I ask "Does she speak foreign languages?" instead of asking "Does she speak a foreign language?" And what is the difference between the two?
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Plural form of movie titles

When referring to the plural of a movie title (in the case where the movie has sequels), do you have to obey the pluralization rules of the last word in the title, or do you just add -s or -es to the ...
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km plural or singular, “out of which 100 km is motorway”

The sentence is The total length of the public road's network is 29151 km, out of which 1243 km are motorways, 6810 km of national roads and 21098 km of regional and local roads. source: ...
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“This date and time is” vs. “this date and time are”

The following sentence appears in a letter I am editing: If this date and time are not convenient please contact me at ... Structurally, this seems okay, but it feels very awkward. Shouldn't it ...
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Was or Were in a list of three [closed]

A man, a woman and a dog were in the park. or A man, a woman and a dog was in the park. ...and what's the rule please? Also, is there a difference if we write A man, woman and dog ...
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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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Using two plurals in a row

I have been wondering, how would I state this: "Loading Bitmaps Settings" It seems weird if either of them were singular, but it looks weird the way it is. A second example: "It roots plants" "It ...
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“The news is good.” Why?

We use "the news is good" instead of "the news are good." What is the rationale behind this? Are there similar situations in English?
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Plural of 'Word of the day'?

Each day in the office we choose a 'word of the day.' We have started to keep a list of the words. What should the list be called? 1. Words of the Day — implies many words but one day 2. ...
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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 there special term for class of words which are irregular in forming their plural form?

There are such words as ox - oxen, torus - tori and many other which are irregular in a way of forming their plural form and I'm wondering if there is a special term for such words? On a side note I ...
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When should I use “corpuses” over “corpora”?

I've come into a situation where I need to use the plural form of corpus, but I'm a bit confused about which plural form to use. Merriam-Webster says the only plural form is corpora, for all senses ...