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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 of “is” — “ises” or “isses”?

If I had many is words, how would I refer to them in the form of a plural? Could I use ises or isses? Example: You use entirely too many isses in your sentences.
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Why is the plural of “deer” the same as the singular?

Why is the plural version of deer identical to the singular version? If mouse became mice, then why did the singular deer not change to something else in the plural?
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80 views

What do variations in “a variety/varieties” of “flower/flowers” mean?

What's the difference between these four phrases: a variety of flowers varieties of flowers a variety of flower varieties of flower I can't quite distinguish the difference between variety and ...
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2answers
222 views

Are peas countable or non-countable?

Frequently in my childhood a conversation would arise at the dinner table that went something like this; "How many peas would you like?" "About sixty please". (Laughter ensues). The question befits a ...
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82 views

“Stadiums” vs. “stadia” [duplicate]

I'm not that old, but when I was a child/teen, stadia was the common term. As in: Wembley, the Nou Camp, and the Santiago Bernabeu are football stadia. The MCG and Lord's are cricket stadia. ...
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70 views

Should this sentence have a singular or plural object?

Is the correct version this: But in general such verses have rarely been accepted as a genuine part of the book. OR this: But in general such verses have rarely been accepted as genuine ...
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337 views

Plural of input [duplicate]

What is the plural of input ? It proves unclear which is correct, input or inputs --- or both up to context of usage.
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469 views

“Foxen” versus “oxes”

What is the difference between fox and box versus ox, that the first two are pluralized as foxes and boxes, whereas the last one is pluralized oxen? Note: I know how to pluralize them. What I want ...
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1answer
54 views

Plural forms in noun + noun couple

At first, let's take 2 example expressions: "Books list" and "Book list". As far as I know, the first one is incorrect and I should use the second one - "Book list". And it means "List of books". But ...
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5answers
101 views

Best word for health problems

What is the best word for pain and health problems caused by a disease? I want to use it as term for a collection of symptoms, that I gather. For example: [headache, stomachache, nausea] but ...
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502 views

“sufferings” is plural though it is uncountable,but how?

We know that there is no plural form of the "uncountable noun," but, for example, we write: His sufferings force us to retain pity for him. Is it possible to make an uncountable noun plural? If ...
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“Data” — singular or plural [duplicate]

Which of the following is correct? The data was kept in soft form. The data were kept in soft form.
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1answer
198 views

Noun of-phrases: Rules as to plural form of each noun in the pair

Nouns of Noun vs Nouns of Nouns Example 1: I face different types of financial constraints vs types of financial constraint Example 2: Different kinds of reasons vs Different kinds of reason ...
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143 views

Gerund ending in -ings?

Examples: Savings Shavings Drippings Are these gerunds? I found some resources (below) that don't seem to provide definitive answers. Page 57 Page 320
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66 views

'(death) throes' - countability?

In my Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary the word 'throe' is not listed, only 'throes'. With other nouns, the dictionary clearly indicates whether nouns are countable or uncountable, however, with ...
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81 views

Plural or singular meaning of the word “Filter” in a phrase “Filter updates”

I would like to know if the phrase: "Filter updates" means "updates of filters" or "updates of 1 filter". So can this phrase "Filter updates" be used in plural meaning, so to say? Instead of saying ...
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1answer
85 views

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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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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1answer
235 views

A noun that really does not have a plural [duplicate]

I recently wrote an answer about the verb agreement when using the word "some", and I needed a noun that didn't have a plural. I had a discussion about this with David M, that has been moved to this ...
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1answer
182 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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1answer
68 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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40 views

Is *Network operator* considered singular or plural? [duplicate]

Network Operator pays Company X, and Company X pays Ringtone Provider Network Operator pay Company X, and Company X pay Ringtone Provider Which one is correct?
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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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1answer
205 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
125 views

“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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4answers
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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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1answer
304 views

When to use singular or plural of nouns [closed]

I'm not sure which to use of these to use: The art of extracting onion from salad. The art of extracting onion from a salad. The art of extracting onions from salad. The art of extracting onions ...
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2answers
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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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3answers
644 views

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
112 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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2answers
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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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1answer
670 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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745 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
635 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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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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2answers
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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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2answers
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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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1answer
754 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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1answer
92 views

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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1answer
181 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
212 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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1answer
757 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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4answers
185 views

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 ...
2
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2answers
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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
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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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4answers
508 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 ...