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Can I use “an” before plural noun? [duplicate]

I wrote in my manuscript that; "Additional 17 human samples not preserved in formaldehyde were provided for age dating." But my English proofreader corrected that "An additional 17 human samples not ...
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AN additional $30,000 in income [duplicate]

I've found a phrase "an additional $30,000 in income" in a government document. Is the article an correct there and why?
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A + plural? Please help [duplicate]

I have come across this sentence in a CNN report. "We can't smell them because we have a measly five million sensors in our noses, but dogs have up to 300 million sensors in their noses." "...a ...
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Determiner and reference grammatical yet don't match in number [duplicate]

I came across this sentence while checking a student's English journal: "It was unforgettable eight days." What sounds more natural to me would be: "It was an unforgettable eight days." However, "...
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Why do we use the article 'a' when referring to 100 items? But we don't use it when referring to any other plural count?

Edit Note: This question has been linked to these questions about using an article before adjectives modifying numbers. This question here has nothing to do with adjectives at all: Indefinite ...
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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 ... by ...
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Indefinite article in the “An [adjective] [number] [plural noun]” construction

I wasn't sure how best to phrase the title of this question. I'm interested in constructions of the following form: An estimated 50 people died in the bombing. 'An estimated' could be ...
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“Our Today's Meeting” or “Our meeting that is scheduled for today” [closed]

Is it correct to say: We shall discuss it in our today's meeting. Or would it be more correct to say something longer like: We shall discuss it in our meeting that is scheduled for ...
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Verb - agreement dilemma - 'first-two days'

I am having some trouble coming up with a natural-sounding expression whilst still ensuring conformity to the rule of Subject-verb agreement. At the centre of my concern is the phrase "first-two days" ...
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“It was an awesome weather.” Is this sentence correct? [closed]

Could someone help me with this sentence: "It was an awesome weather." Is this sentence correct?
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Why is “I see a few trees” correct but “I see a many trees” not?

Why is "I see a few trees" grammatically correct but "I see a many trees" not? I notice that "I see few trees" and "I see many trees" are both grammatically correct, since "few" and "many" are both ...
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English term for this practice called “Iddah”

In Islam, when a man passes away, his wife practices a ritual called "Iddah" (in Arabic). In this practice, she is not allowed to marry another man for a duration of 4 months and 10 days, not allowed ...
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The use of ‘other’ vs ‘another’ pronoun

I am struggling with choosing the suitable pronoun in the following sentence. He wrote other / another two letters in just 15 minutes. My intuition tells me that in this case, ‘another’ is the ...