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What is the proper way to refer to the Original Poster (OP)?

In a Stack Exchange comment, I was corrected by referring to a user named alice as a "he". I said (context): I know he thinks he needs all of the eigenvalues, but I've learned that ... and was ...
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“There were only 4” versus “There was only 4”?

I used the sentence "there was only 4 channels on tele" (reminiscing about the good old days before digital TV!), but I wasn't sure if I was right, so tried were instead of was. It still doesn't ...
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“Are” Vs “Is” in the following sentences

I'm confused what verb would concord in the following couple of sentences: The number of students and the number of teachers are/is decreasing day by day in the school. Either a number of ...
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Which verb to use when sentence has both singular and plural nouns

For example: The floor plan and room numbers __ updated I want to say are because of room numbers. However floor plan is singular. The room numbers and floor plan is updated and The floor ...
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“What questions [is/are] your data team hoping to answer?”

Over at stats.stackexchange we are having a minor kerfuffle over whether a title is using incorrect grammar. It has been edited and re-edited several times. It would be great to get some arbitration ...
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What are or What is [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Singular or plural following a list Which of the following are correct: What are the primary cause and the primary consequence of the... What is the primary ...
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Plural words/singular modifiers

Something I've always been confused about even as a native English speaker... Say, someone is discussing a concert and they say: "there was a huge amount of people there". Is this correct, or should ...
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Is it “5–6 weeks are a lot of time” or “5–6 weeks is a lot of time”?

I was just copyediting somebody's answer on another SE site and my native English speaker Sprachgefühl told me I had to correct the grammar of one sentence: ... 5–6 weeks are a lot of time ... ...
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“The contents of the cereal box” — singular or plural? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “The contents are” or “the contents is” Which is correct? The contents of the cereal box is distributed among the children. The contents ...
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What are wrong with this phrase?

Is the phrase what are wrong with XY and ZZ correct English? I stumbled upon it in a question on movies.SE: What are wrong with the bleach and the fish in the Machinist?, and instantly thought ...
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Number agreement of “a thing of the past”

Is the pluralization correct in the following sentences? To Do lists are a thing of the past. To Do lists are things of the past. A To Do list is a thing of the past. Are they all ...
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Does “the same number of people” behave as singular or plural?

This hurts my eyes to read it and my ears to say it, but the writer stands by item #43 About the same number of people was awarded bachelor's degrees in 2010 as filed for personal bankruptcy ...
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“If you or your colleague has” or “If you or your colleague have”?

Which is correct out of the following two sentences? If you or your colleague have any questions, let me know If you or your colleague has any questions, let me know I was originally thinking that ...
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“How much is/are the two fares?”

Which is correct? How much is the two fares? How much are the two fares?
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Is two-thirds plural?

Is 2/3 always, sometimes or never plural? E.g. 1a) 2/3 of the pizza were eaten. 1b) 2/3 of the pizza was eaten. 2a) 2/3 of the visitors were men. 2b) 2/3 of the visitors was men. I ...
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“1 out of 100 chickens is” or “1 out of 100 chickens are”?

I'm in an argument. To me "are" makes more sense. I understand the rationale for is because it's only one chicken, but chickens itself is plural. Help?
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“Each” vs. “both”

I have this sentence: Each of the datasets HapMap 6 and CEU HapMap 610 is stored in two schemas. Background: a schema is a namespace within a database. Possible variations include: [Each ...
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“How does he does/do that?” [closed]

How does he does that? How does he do that? Which one is correct? This type of sentence sounds a little odd because of two do/does in a single statement. Is there an alternative which has ...
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“Why isn't this line formatted correctly, but formatting work(s) here on Meta?”

If you look here, you can see last revision, from Cody Gray, that he changed "this line of code does not work correctly on stackoverflow but works here on" to "this line of code does not work ...
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4answers
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Verb agreement with subjects of different grammatical number [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When a sentence uses an optional plural, should the rest of the sentence treat it as singular or plural? I'm writing a technical guide and trying to define 'reader' as ...
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2answers
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Pants — “is it” or “are they”?

This question has come straight from this great question title: Pants — why is it plural? I just thought that if somebody hadn't already edited the title, it is either written right, or all editors ...
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3answers
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“Do” vs. “does” with multiple singular subjects

How does serverfault, stackoverflow and other stackExchange sites connect together? Is that does or do? Because I'm talking about multiple items, it would be do. What is more correct?
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What does the door do?

We would like to enlist your help in arbitrating this grammatical dilemma. Given the question: What does the door do? Which of the following options is most correct as a response to the ...
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“Are” vs. “is” with compound subjects

How are the wife and kid? How is the wife and kid? Which is more correct?
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“Retrieves and let you print” or “Retrieves and lets you print”?

Speaking of some program, which of these sentences is correct? Retrieves and let you print... Retrieves and lets you print...
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What is wrong with “I don’t like these kind of things”?

The New Oxford American Dictionary reports that USAGE 1 Kind of is sometimes used to be deliberately vague: it was kind of a big evening; I was kind of hoping you’d call. More often it reveals ...