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

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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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Can we say that two people have excellent “work ethics”?

We can say that "John has an excellent work ethic". So can we say that "John and Mary have excellent work ethics"? Or should it still be "John and Mary have an excellent work ethic"?
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Number: at the end(s) of words

Which form is correct in the following sentence? Greek sigmas have a different form at the end of words? Greek sigmas have a different form at the ends of words?
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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” vs “Uncountable” nouns

Today, searching for the term "cloak", I came across these definitions From Longman DOCE 5th Ed. cloak noun [singular] an organization, activity, or way of behaving that deliberately protects ...
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Singularity and Plurality of The Terms “God,” “god,” and “gods”

I've been studying some of the books of the English versions of the Bible, and have discovered how their uses of the terms, "God," "god," and "gods" should seem slightly perplexing to English readers ...
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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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“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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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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“What I'm looking for is/are [plural noun]”

Which one of these is correct, and if both are correct in certain contexts, which is preferred? What I'm looking for is methods that help... What I'm looking for are the methods that help... ...
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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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When “any” (whatever) is followed by a countable noun, does the noun need to be plural?

This is an extract from a formal certificate written by a non-native English speaker. This certification is issued to the bearer for any possible uses. Is it correct? Personally, I think it should ...
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Plural or singular- is either correct?

We are losing our abilty/abilities to write. Abilities is 100% a word. True, it can be viewed as a shared thing in that we all have the one ability. But I think you could also say that it can be ...
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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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Usage of ''both"

Both the control laws demand high magnitude of acceleration at the end. Both the control laws demand high magnitudes of acceleration at the end. At the end phase, acceleration demand of both the ...
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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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Difference between “Numbers analysis” and “number analysis”

The company I work for offers an analysis of a business’s financials. We'd love to call it either of “numbers analysis” or “number analysis”, whichever is grammatically correct!
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“Confirmation parents' meeting” or “confirmation parents meeting”?

If a meeting is for a group of parents run by a Church, for example, would it be "Confirmation parents' meeting" or "Confirmation parents meeting"?
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Items priorities, Item priorites or items priority

I have multiple items. Each item has a priority assigned to it. Now to refer to these priorities, which of the following expressions is true? 1. Items Priorities 2. Item Priorities 3. Items Priority ...
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What should I choose: “it is” or “these are”

I am writing an article and I am not sure what to choose "it is" or "these are" in the following sentence: LIMS - it's dedicated hardware and software systems, aimed at the automation of the ...
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Singular or plural form of “a door” when a doorway has two or more doors

Usually, a doorway consists of a door frame and a door that swings on hinges. I would like to know which is more common, the singular or plural, when the doorway consists of a left hand and right hand ...
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Plural or singular with “context”

I wrote the following sentence in an academic paper: "The context of the experiment was the students of the last two years" my revisor, who is an English mother language (Welsh, in fact), corrected ...
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Advice vs. Suggestion Why is the latter countable?

From an outsider, I think advice and suggestion have similar meanings. But I don't understand why the noun suggestion is countable whereas advice isn't. We can ask: Can you give me two or ...
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Is credentials singular or plural?

I know that the word credentials is the plural form of credential. And I'm referring to a single pair of username and password as credentials. Oxford dictionary also suggests that the word ...
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Can I use the plural form when stating the possession of just one item?

If I want to say I have something without emphasis on the quantity, are both of these sentences ok? I have an apple. I have apples. (I may just have one apple.)
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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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Can reinforcement and reinforcements ever be interchangeable?

Example: The general became frustrated when all of his requests for reinforcement(s) remained unanswered. Example 2: The architect realized he needed better reinforcement(s) for the bridge. Example ...
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Should the usual way to construct a comparative sentence be singular or plural?

Let's say I want to compare two animals A rabbit runs faster than a turtle or Rabbits run faster than turtles. Which one should I prefer?
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What to use: plural or singular in a given sentence?

In the following sentence: Created and maintained comprehensive project documentation; business case, project charter, and project plans. If I created multiple documents of each type do I that ...
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singular or plural, is/are some price you have to pay

everyone, what should I use in the sentence below? Should I use "are" to agree with the subject, which are two matters, or should I use "is" to agree with the object "price", which is an uncountable ...
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Plural or singularis?

The sentence: The reader has more knowledge than the characters in the short story: this is the very definition of suspense, and the effect of it works brilliantly I am not sure whether it is ...
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Does a group have an earache or earaches?

If I have a pain in my ear, I will say "I have an earache." Now what happens if I am talking about more than one person? Would I say "They have an earache", or "They have earaches"?
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Multiple memoirs about multiple authors' deaths

This sentence is from an image caption on the New Yorker's website: Memoirs rarely tremble with such life as when expressing their author's death. Why is it okay to say "their author's death" ...
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Is it Ok to use years or year in this sentence

Publications and content professional with over eight-years knowledge of institutional liaisons and project management. Is it ok to use year or years?
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Do I focus on the cobblestone that pass under my feet or on the cobblestones?

Could the word "cobblestone" be used for a street made of cobblestones? Context: walking a street made of cobblestone(s), pondering.
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Smoking habit vs Smoking habits

I have the following sentence: The text starts with the father enumerating some complaints about his daughter, most of them dedicated to her smoking habit. where my teacher has marked "smoking ...
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I will show you what that MEAN or I will show you what that MEANS?

Please help! Which one is correct? I will show you what that MEAN or I will show you what that MEANS? "That" is singular so I think "Means" goes with it. However, I heard a line in an audiobook ...
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Plural of Leroux

I am trying to write thank you cards and I want them to say "from The Leroux(s)". Last name is pronounced Luh-Roo, so the X is silent. How do I write that? Lerouxs??
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Why are SATs and PSATs often found plural?

A lot of students and teachers like pluralizing the abbreviations for tests such as the SAT, PSAT, and ACT. Even if someone had only ever taken one PSAT in his life, he could still say "I flunked my ...
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Countable nouns in the list of ingredients

I'm translating recipes into English and I need your help. I suppose that I can say 300 g tomatoes but what about small amounts used in the list of ingredients? 10 g tomatoes or 10 g tomato ? ...
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Verbal phrase as object complement

I have you returning the car on August 9 here at the airport. Dose "returning the car" act as an participle phrase as an object complement ? OR Does the phrase "returning the car" act as an object ...
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Participle phrase v.s Gerund phrase

Question : "I saw a man wearing a pink shirt as he came into the house." As a object complement, which phrase complete the object in the sentence above? Participle or gerund phrase?
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“this, this and this”: plural or singular?

My comment from meta.SO: And finally, the style of bagdes should be the same on this, this, and this page. At the point where I'd say page/pages, am I talking about the group of three pages, or ...
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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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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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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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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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Why is 'offices' pluralised in the definition for 'A service'?

Caution: Please beware that this question doesN'T duplicate my other more especial one that's confined to the set expresion 'good offices'. 3. (usually offices) {noun} = A service done for another ...
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What to use plural or singular in 'document(s) repository'?

What is the correct way to name 'storage of documents' with usage of 'repository' and 'document' words? Which one is correct: document repository documents repository Why?
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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? ...