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How do you refer to number of siblings?

If I had 3 brothers and 3 sisters, how would I refer to the number of siblings I have? For instance, would I say, "I am the youngest of 6 siblings." Or would it be correct to say, "I am ...
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Numerals 13-19 are based on 10. Why do 11 and 12 follow a different pattern? [duplicate]

11 and 12 mean “one left” and “two left” respectively, referring to number 10. In other words, etymologically, they are NOT remnants of a base 12 number system. They are decimal, just like the -teen ...
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What means count of four from this two variants? [closed]

What does "count of four" mean of these two possibilities? a) 1, 2, 3, 4 or b) 4 Sorry for silly question, but I'm interested and have a bad understanding of this.
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Is "till" inclusive or exclusive? [duplicate]

I just want to know whether till is exclusive or inclusive, like if someone says count from 1 till 5, should I say 1,2,3,4,5 or 1,23,4
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Counting numbers

I’ve been noticing more questions on math.SE recently that want to “count the number” of something, e.g. count the number of arrangements of a certain type. My initial reaction to ...
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In the sentence: "<noun> count" ("count of <noun>") should <noun> be plural or singular?

For instance, should I say: 1) "The book count is overwhelming" or 2) "(The?) Books count is overwhelming"? I am specifically interested in the version without "of" (as in brackets in the question).
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3 in 1 is a Trinity. What is 2 in 1, 4 in 1, 5 in 1, N in 1? [duplicate]

Background The use of the word "Trinity" occurs frequently in Catholicism when referring to God's nature, 3 persons in 1 God. What words would describe a being that is 2 persons, 4 persons, 5 ...
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The use of ‘and’ after ‘where’ in a mathematical statement [duplicate]

Which of the following is correct: ... where c is a constant, f(.) is a monotonic function, x and y are random variable. ... where c is a constant, f(.) is a monotonic function and x and y are ...
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How to precisely count words in my text? [closed]

Is there an official way to count words in a text? If so, is there an official website? I need to write something EXACTLY a thousand words long, but every website I try gives me a different result... ...
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"Annual Total Records" versus "Total Annual Records"?

I am working on a project for my job, and would like to make sure my grammar is appropriate. There is a chart with the number of records for three consecutive years. It might seem silly, but I would ...
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Number agreement for negation and "or"

Which is correct/preferred: There is no such thing as a base -1 or base 0 number representation. There are no such things as base -1 or base 0 number representations. There is no such thing as base -...
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Why do ten and twenty get unique words? [closed]

onety, twety (two-ty), thirty, fourty, fifty, sixty... Most of the count is consistently named using 0 through 9 with hundred (ten tens), thousand (hundred tens), etc. -- there are only four ...
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Is the term 'quasi-count-noun/usage' used in a grammar or articles?

In a previous thread, BillJ used the term 'quasi-count-noun' to describe what I consider to be a very rare (and fascinating) feature of a very small number of nouns. Checking in the CGEL conceptual ...
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When sound is reduced, does how to identify syllables change?

I would like to ask how many syllables are counted in natives' minds in an occasion where reduction happens. When "and" is reduced into 'n', its syllable nucleus is lost, and, for example in this ...
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Hello, I am confused with days calculation, can someone clarify this for me? [closed]

for example If you had shower on Monday(2.1.2017 18:00), then you had no shower on Tuesday (3.1.2017 18:00) and then had shower again on Wednesday (4.1.2017 18:00) And it is still 4.1.2017 on-going ...
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image count / images count [duplicate]

If we have a number which represents the number of images, do you call that the images count or the image count? If you take the example with the images you could say: The '15' is the image count ...
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Counting with arities

The Wikipedia entry for arity lists a sequence of adjectives meaning in group of (a particular number of elements). When referring to numbers between 0 and 10, the -ary adjectives are: 0 - nullary 1 -...
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Does English have an expression like "nth day"?

In my native language, if today is 1st and Sunday and we want to refer to the next Sunday (on 8th) then we may say the "today's eighth day" or just "8th day". For example if you're asking when does ...
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Should corporations be referred to in the singular or plural? [duplicate]

I keep coming across articles, especially technology related ones, where corporations are referred to in the plural. Example, "Oracle have decided to make G1 the standard ..." or "Google have become ...
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The usage of ... number(s) of [closed]

Here we wish to make sure the usage of ... number(s) of ..., which one below is correct? An even number of people An even number of cards Even numbers of people Even numbers of cards An odd ...
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Usage of "n times" (two times,...)

Is it possible/common to say: I'd like an apple two times.
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count of the number of times

I found this expression in a book. "This is a count of the number of times SomeDB had to follow an index pointer to the actual document on disk." It sounds weird to me but I am a non-native speaker. ...
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"Any information" or "some information" [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Any” or “some” in various questions? I'm trying to figure out which is correct, or if both are correct. From what I understand (and I may be wrong, so please correct me)... "...
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Once/twice/thrice vs one/two/three times

Is there a difference in nuance when using once, twice or thrice instead of one time, two times or three times, especially when counting occurrences? It has happened twice before. It has ...
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Use of the superlative when only two items are present

When speaking with my mother a couple of days ago, I read to her a message I was sending to my cousin on her behalf ending with: "... the birthday of your youngest." [implying her child] She ...
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Why did the word "Internet" change from a noncount to count noun?

I remember a time back in 1993 - 1994 for a couple months at our university the Internet was used as a noncount noun, so we would say: Do you have Internet at your university? In fact, the ...
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