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

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Should I use “both” or “each”?

Two sisters went away to college for four years. In restating the above, which of the following sentences is correct? Both sisters went away to college. Each of the sisters went away to college. ...
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Which form should be used for an “adjective noun”: singular, plural, possessive?

When should a noun acting as an adjective be plural, and when should it be singular? And when should it be possessive, like baker's dozen and when should it be plural possessive, like farmers' market? ...
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Why would someone say “the American consumer” instead of “the American consumers”?

As in "The Survey of the American Consumer" or "The state of the American consumer". Why is the phrase singular?
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How to bring singular and plural conditions under a single sentence?

I am doing a sentence like the below. "He may undergo a scan,(or scans). The resulting image/images will be examined by the doctor." I am thinking of this one. "He may undergo a group of scans. The ...
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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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“What I'm looking for is”

Which one of the below is correct, or, if both are correct in certain contexts, which is the preferred one? What I'm looking for is methods that help... or What I'm looking for are the ...
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which is better, “deformation” or “deformations”?

This is for a thesis title so I want to be sure it makes sense. Would it be more correct to write: "defects and structural deformations" (plural); as in, there are a number of possible ...
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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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Irregular plurals in noun adjuncts

Several psycholinguists1,2 have observed that English speakers do not use regular plurals in compounds, even when the noun refers to more than one instance (dog-catcher, *dogs-catcher), but do use ...
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“There is” vs “there are”?

I wrote an essay and returned it to my teacher who told me that it was perfect except for that one mistake with the usage of there are: There are currently 192 218 546 ways to set up..." She ...
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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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Is it “Foreign Language Department” or “Foreign LanguageS Department”?

I searched the Internet and found some universities use the former and some latter. Can't professors agree at one? Or when the former is used, only one foreign language is taught?
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Plural noun to refer to a list of types for it?

If I have a noun with a list of different types it can be, should this noun be plural? For example, a "stage" can be a "planning stage" or a "play stage." Which of the following is correct? ...