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Can a singular noun be used to represent a category of things in a sentence subject?

Specifically, in following sentences, which ones are correct? Elephants are huge. The elephant is huge. An elephant is huge. Elephant is huge. I think 1 and 2 above are correct, but how about 3 ...
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305 views

Is “statistics” singular or plural?

Statistics shows that people are having fewer children these days! Statistics show that people are having fewer children these days! Which one is grammatical?
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103 views

Problem with choosing between singular and plural nouns

I would like to find out how to use singular and plural nouns correctly. I have tried grammar books, but I can't find anything on agreements of nouns in the object position. Please kindly explain to ...
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50 views

“is” or “are” for x and y? [closed]

The boy and girl is going to the store. The boy and girl are going to the store. Which sentence is correct? I can't remember if 'x and y' is considered a singular or plural noun.
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Plural of “staff” (stick) — “staffs” or “staves”? [closed]

Which would be the correct use in the following sentence. I'm a Shepard and I have many staffs/staves.
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113 views

Plural of composite noun?

I'm trying to say that each message can take some time to arrive (a delay), and that each such delay can have any value. So, which one of the following is the most appropriate? There is no bound ...
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2answers
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“She doesn't like fruit” vs. “she doesn't like fruits” [duplicate]

In the following context, which do you use and why? Helen doesn't eat apples or bananas. She doesn't like [fruit/fruits]. I think it is fruit but I'm having a hard time explaining to myself why ...
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552 views

Plural or singular after uncountable noun connected with “and”? [duplicate]

What is the correct use? His stool and urine ARE normal. His stool and urine IS normal.
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Do robotic insects have “antennas” or “antennae”?

I know that insects have antennae and machines have antennas. Which plural form should I use for something that’s both insectoid and a machine? Does one officially take precedence?
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Why is “shrimp” the plural of “shrimp”? [closed]

When you talk about "shrimp" in the plural, there's no "s." However, how can you explain it grammatically?
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Singular nouns in plural form

Is the following sentence correct? There is a woods near our house. (I am talking about one woods, but it is a bit awkward to use "a" before "woods". Hence I am not sure about this.)
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1answer
93 views

Is it better to use a plural noun or definite article?

For example: Multicopters belong to a family of aircraft called rotorcraft, which also includes helicopters, and although they appear to be similar, the multicopter's design is mechanically much ...
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Why can't we say “informations”? [closed]

Why we can't put the word information in the plural form? "Give me all the informations you've got", even if it's wrong, sounds more beautiful to my non-native ear than "give me all the information ...
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when a noun is used as an adjective is it always singular, eg Event Request or Events request? [duplicate]

when a noun is used as an adjective is it always singular, eg Event Request or Events request? Service Request or Services REquest?
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306 views

Stack of Paper vs. Stack of Papers [closed]

I question the usage of "stack of paper" vs. "stack of papers". I purchase a ream of paper, and set it on a desk. In that process, does it change from a ream of paper to a stack of papers - changing ...
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299 views

“occur” vs “occurs” with a singular collective noun

I wrote: The ability to guarantee that a batch of writes occurs together. One reviewer wanted to change that to occur. I'm not sure if this is my idiom (Australian of U.K. origin) vs American ...
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How can I distinguish between the singular and plural of “species”?

I've been reading a Wikipedia article that describes the symptoms of rabies in various species, and I want to add a clarification note about which species (or species) a specific paragraph refers to. ...
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1answer
464 views

Lots of questions for a lot of clauses!

I am confused over the use of lots of vs lot of. I am phrasing a sentence having the following clause : [Article] [lot-of/lots-of] [noun singular/plural] [verb] ... As an example : A lot of ...
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3answers
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Why does “information” not have a plural form?

Why doesn't the word information take an "S" in English even if the meaning is "plural"?
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If the plural of ‘man’ is ‘men,’ shouldn’t the plural of ‘German’ be ‘Germen’?

What makes these two words so different that 'man' is changed to 'men', but 'German' is changed to 'Germans'?
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When ordering coffee, do you say “two milks” or “two milk”?

I've already searched the site if this question had been asked before however I didn't find anything related to my question. Every time I order coffee some people sort of correct me by saying 2 milks ...
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402 views

“[adjective] and [adjective] [noun]” — Should the noun be singular or plural?

In a scientific paper I submitted, a reviewer suggested that I change the sentence The operation just substitutes "(m, l)" with "m" on both the sender and the receiver side. to The operation ...
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How do you pluralize “cuirass”? [closed]

I've had a hard time finding the plural form of the word "cuirass". I know it's a Latin word, but is there any common English (or Latin) pluralization?
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144 views

Plural form for noun preceding another noun [duplicate]

I'm working on a web service and we need to create new menu section, which should list entities to configurate different shops' parameters. Which form of this phrase is right in this case and why? ...
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4answers
188 views

How should one make “man in the middle” plural?

Usually, when a phrase acts as a single word, the noun in the phrase gets made plural. For instance, "mother in law" becomes "mothers in law" when made plural. When discussing "man in the middle" ...
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528 views

Is it “fewer than one person” or “less than one person”? [duplicate]

I have been under the impression that the distinction between fewer and less was with countable vs. uncountable nouns. But I've just encountered the claim that it's plural vs. singular. Which is it? ...
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Should “shape” be plural in “the shape and dimensions of the skyscrapers”?

In the following sentence: The great cities have been built with no regard for us. The shape and dimensions of the skyscrapers depend entirely on the necessity of obtaining the maximum income per ...
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When to use conclusion and conclusions in a scientific article or report?

I am writing a scientific report in English. For the final part, should I use conclusion or conclusions? I am a bit confused because in my memory it's an uncountable noun. But I saw many journal ...
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1answer
680 views

What is the appropriate usage of “attentions”?

I recently wondered what the difference between attention and attentions was, as I've heard both, but couldn't think of or remember when someone would use attentions. One definition for attentions ...
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340 views

“Music preference” or “music preferences”?

What is the difference between preference and preferences? Does it matter if one uses singular or plural in the following sentences: The effect of music on test-taking ability greatly depends ...
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“The efforts involved” vs. “the effort involved”

…this we are doing proactively in order to have a better understanding at coming up with an estimate in case you want to know the effort involved. Should I go with "efforts" or "effort" in the ...
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1answer
251 views

Is “an archives” a grammatically correct phrase? If so, is it an exception or are there others like it?

A friend recently posted a photo he took of a sign at the LBJ presidential library that used the word "archives" as a singular noun. According to a Smithsonian Institution Archives blog post, this is ...
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159 views

Why police used as singular in this link?

With reference to this question Collective noun "police" — singular or plural? and as per my understanding Police is always plural. But I got shocked after seeing police used as singular ...
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1answer
630 views

plural of compound nouns [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the plural form of “iPad 2”? When can an adjective be postposed? I'm curious particularly with iPod Touch and iPad Mini The plural would be iPod Touches and ...
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The plural of “conch”? [closed]

There is a lengthy thread on the pronunciation of "conch" however I am curious about the plural form "conches." I've noticed that it can be found as "conchs" as well, but "conches" appears to be the ...
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1answer
65 views

switch genders or gender?

Recently I read an article on Wired.com "Apple Hires Hacker Who Helped Save Windows From Security Hell", http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2012/12/apple-hires-hacker/ Here is a sentence I'm kind ...
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plural nouns: should I add “s” ending to both nouns? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “User accounts” or “users account” “BookList” or “booksList?” Is it correct to say “lesson count” or “lessons count”? should a list of tokens be called a “token list” ...
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2answers
93 views

“Censorship” as a countable noun [closed]

Is censorships a legitimate word? Obviously it could be used to mean multiple censorships for something.
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3k views

Beer vs Beers : Units vs Purchasing

I have run into a conundrum. When I go to get some friends cans of beer I say: You guys want a beer? When I am referring to going to a bar and drinking some I say: Let's go get some beers! ...
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Uses of the word “lyrics”

I don’t understand how to use of the word lyrics. I would like to know how it is used by a native English speaker. The Concise Oxford English Dictionary says: lyric noun (also lyrics) the words of a ...
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2answers
127 views

Relic and relics [closed]

Reliquary is a receptacle, often made of precious metal and richly decorated, in which a religious relic or relics are kept, as a small box, casket, or shrine. In this sentence that I copied from ...
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1answer
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Should the word “commission” be used in singular or plural in these cases?

I don't know what would be grammatically correct, commission or commissions, in the following sentences: We will pay you commission(s) for each client you refer to us. You can track your ...
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2answers
363 views

“Lives” vs. “life” in “the life of those living on the farm”

James is giving a tour of his farm to some of his friends. Which sentence is correct: James introduces some of the animals on the farm: "This is Elmer, the pig... That's Mini, the mouse, and that ...
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“Travel” vs. “travels” [closed]

My question is about formation of plural form of the noun travel. I have a folder on my PC that contains a photos from my different travels (France, Germany etc.), I want to create a folder structure: ...
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Is it grammatical to say “the batmen”?

As far as I know, the five actors to have played the role of Batman in films are Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, and Christian Bale. Is it grammatical to call them "the batmen"? ...
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3answers
77 views

“Replacing variables with their equivalence classes” vs. “… with their equivalence class”

In my thesis I have the following sentence: One can construct a new query by replacing all the variables in Q with their equivalence classes. I doubt that this sentence is grammatically correct, ...
2
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2answers
127 views

“… the top ten issues that the voting public care about” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are collective nouns always plural, or are certain ones singular? Is “staff” plural? This feels wrong to me (sounds like it should be cares) but issues is plural and in ...
3
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2answers
490 views

“Change their positions” vs. “change their position” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Those who qualify will be awarded a certificate” or “those who qualify will be awarded certificates”? “On their back” or “on their ...
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1answer
564 views

plural noun/singular verb and vice versa [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: None as plural indefinite pronoun In my work I am often exposed to sentences written by nonnative speakers of English. I often come across sentences with a singular noun ...
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2answers
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Why are certain single word compound nouns pluralized in the middle

Hypothesis: compound nouns that are unhyphenated single words can be pluralized by adding an “s” to the noun root only when they consist of a noun + preposition. This is a follow-up to an earlier ...