# singular or plural form in the following sentence

We use the aforementioned eight factor models and report the numbers of significant factor coefficients of the different factor models in Table 2.

OR

We use the aforementioned eight factor models and report the number of significant factor coefficients of the different factor models in Table 2.

The context of the sentence is that I ran 25 regressions using 8 models, respectively. Every right-hand variable have 25 coefficients among which some are not significant. I need to report the number of significant coefficients for such a variable.

Really appreciate any help.

• If you delete "number of" entirely, this problem goes away.
– tchrist
Commented Jan 5, 2019 at 4:12
• @tchrist No. I wanna report the number of significant coefficients rather than coefficients. I ran 25 regressions using 8 models, respectively. Every right-hand variable have 25 coefficients among which some are not significant. I wanna report the number of significant coefficients for such a variable. Commented Jan 5, 2019 at 4:26
• @tchrist Sorry for this inappropriate word I used. I am not a native English speaker and thank you for pointing our my mistake. Is it because the word is only used in oral English. Commented Jan 5, 2019 at 4:37
• That's correct: it's how we pronounce what we write as want to. It’s what’s called eye dialect, and it makes you look either uneducated or else pretending to be so, like some yokel in a fiction novel that the author is trying to make sound like... well, a yokel. Aikin ride in I’d aleck thachool jis nev argit and then where we will all be? I strongly advise that when you're writing English, you use only standard written English to do so — and forra longa time den ya think ya hafta, k? 😉 It’s only appropriate in some places.
– tchrist
Commented Jan 5, 2019 at 4:57
• @tchrist OK. I have learned a lot. Thank you very much. Commented Jan 5, 2019 at 6:09