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This tag applies to questions that deal with grammatical number: “singular” versus “plural”, and (rarely) also “dual”.

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Singular-plural confusion, need clarification

I've just read this and thought it sounds a bit weird: "There was no significant difference in the rates of sepsis, shock, surgical wound infection...in dementia patients compared with non-dementia ...
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Usage of plural of “Industry”

"Analyze the differences between American and Japanese Construction Industry through site visits." versus "Analyze the differences between American and Japanese Construction Industries through site ...
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Plural of “You”

I have been trying to find a chart for the various inflections of the word "you". In particular, I am trying to understand the difference, if any, between "you all" and "all you all". Can anyone ...
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Correct use of “whose” in this context

Which of these would correctly imply individually judging each soul? "As an Arbiter in the limbo between life and death, you must judge whose soul is worthy of heavenly salvation or eternal damnation....
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Is it possible to have a plural subject be a singular thing?

Here's a sentence I don't particularly understand. "Necessary goods such as food also had to be shipped in order to meet the dietary needs of a consolidated population." Wouldn't it have to be ...
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Get vs Gets - Singular vs plural verb with singular subject and collective noun object

This is probably a duplicate, but I can't figure out what to search for to describe it. The question is "get" vs "gets." Specifically: "you may be among the 47% who get replaced" or "you may ...
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Why does “zero of one qualifications” sound better than “zero of one qualification” even though you only have one qualification? [on hold]

Of the two phrases: zero of one qualification zero of one qualifications Because one is singular, it should be qualification without the plural suffix ‑s. But for reasons I cannot explain, to me ...
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How many sound systems in “a sound sytem in all three cars” [closed]

The sentence "I have installed a new sound system in all three cars" appears in this forum several years back. I wonder how many sound systems are involved. If the sentence were "I have installed a ...
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What is the correct way of naming stores basing on product name – singular or plural?

For example, if the store sells boats – should it be boat store or boats store? Furcоat store or furcоats store? Shoe store or shoes store? Does the same apply to shops as well?
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Plural of “McFly” [duplicate]

What is correct? McFlys McFly's McFlies McFly family The latter is valid for my case, but what if I'm referring to all people named McFly?
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“Numbers” or “number?” Which sentence is correct?

Which sentence is correct? Why? In 2000, the number of Vietnamese students studied in Russia and France was around 3 million and 3.5 million respectively. In 2000, the numbers of Vietnamese students ...
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A total of 80 marks “is” or “are” also available [duplicate]

A total of 80 marks is also available. A total of 80 marks are also available. Which is correct, please: 1, 2, or both?
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In my house, “there were” or “there was” many toys

Which of the following is correct and why: 1) In my house, there were many toys. 2) In my house, there was many toys. An answer with an explanation would be greatly appreciated.
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visitors IP or visitor IPs or visitors IPs

Which one is correct? visitors IP visitor IPs visitors IPs To make things clear: a number of users visit a website. I want to say each IP of each visitor as a whole. In other words what do you ...
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Different twist on “public” is or are?

I just read this sentence: "Note that 'public' have also other usages:" Since in this use of "public," we're talking about the word itself & not the group it's referring to, shouldn't the verb ...
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'None is' or 'none are', when the antecedent is plural? [duplicate]

Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, speaking by the invitation of the Speaker of the House of Commons in a lecture regarding Brexit, quoted a Financial Times article and, in passing, 'corrected' its grammar. Quoting ...
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Why do we use “muscle/joint pain” in the singular in drug leaflets?

All drug leaflets list possible side effects of using the drug. Whenever muscle or joint pain is a possible side effect, it is listed in the singular (both muscle and pain), when it is generalized ...
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Plural of “be the life of a party”

I wanted to indicate that 2 people really livened up the party so I said, "They were the lifes of the party." It seemed natural. Someone immediately suggested it should be, "lives of the party." This ...
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Parking sign apostrophe? [duplicate]

Should there be an apostrophe in the sign "residents parking". A quick Google search suggests there shouldn't. But why not? Is "residents" an adjective?
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Why is the plural form of 'cupful' not 'cupsful'? [closed]

The plural form of cupful is cupfuls and cupsful? Shouldn't we be pluralizing the noun (cup) instead of the adjective?
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Which still wants vs which still want [duplicate]

Which one is correct? 1) Pick those pieces of your heart which still wants to be happy , or 2) Pick those pieces of your heart which still want to be happy.
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Do I use the singular or plural form of a noun when describing an attribute of a plural noun? [duplicate]

Take these two sentences for example: This is to compensate for the fluctuating character length in the sentence. vs. This is to compensate for the fluctuating characters length in the sentence....
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Plural of a digit, (NOT the word, “digit”, but of “3”)? [duplicate]

Is 3's a correct plural of the digit 3? That looks like a possessive. Is "3"s a correct plural?
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Mass Noun em-dash List-of-Plurals em-dash Verb

Is it just me, or? All of the content you see on Stack Exchange—all the questions, answers, edits, reviews, users, badges, tags, and more—is stored in a relational database. Seems technically ...
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What is the “s” at the end of some words and where does it go when talking about multiples? [migrated]

I just recently wrote a sentence to a client, then had to correct the sentence and wondered about one of the words. I wrote the sentence: Any Sunday in September works Then I realized I could ...
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Oasis vs Oases - Which to use?

I am looking over something before posting it online and I have a sentence that simply doesn't seem to 'sound' right either way I write it. Specifically, I am trying to decide whether it is more ...
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In this context, is 'all' singular or plural?

Here are three sentences to help me ask this question: The cats are all that they own. All that they own is the cats. All that they own are the cats. The first sentence is definitely correct as ...
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Which one is correct and why? Hand vs hands [duplicate]

Which one is correct and why? We held each other's hand Or We held each other's hands
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What exactly is the definition of “plural”? [duplicate]

I used to think plural meant 2+, but what about "0.5 hours"? Is it more accurate to say "0.5 hour"? I don't think that's right, so my definition of "plural" must be inaccurate. Even "0 days" seems ...
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Why do we “drive to the United Nations” but “drive to United Airlines”?

I understand why we "drive to Microsoft" but must "drive to the United Nations". But why do we "drive to United Airlines" rather than "drive to the United Airlines"?
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Deciding between singular and plural sentence

I am having difficulty deciding which of the following sentences is correct. Sentence A: We study the correlation between what ingredients people have and how nice their dinner is. Sentence B: We ...
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Is a pluralized proper noun (Russias) the grammatical plural of that proper noun (Russia)?

Is "Russias" the plural of "Russia", in the sense that this is how they relate grammatically? The reason that I suspect that they are not plural-singular is the following example. [1] I see the egg. ...
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Singular/Plural: Here's or Here're [duplicate]

I came across this on the internet. What is the correct form? Singular or plural? "Here is a pen and a ball." or "Here are a pen and a ball." And please give me your thoughts on the contradiction ...
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Minus one dollar or minus one dollars? [duplicate]

Which is correct English, "you have minus one dollar in your account" or "you have minus one dollars in your account"? Is the rule general? For example, which is correct, "you have minus one diamond ...
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What number does a verb have when using “any”?

For example, if someone suggests: We could grab dinner, walk in the park, bike-ride, or whatever. Should the response be: Any of those ideas sounds (or sound) good.? I.e. Is the correct number to use ...
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Insight into the pronunciation of the word algae?

Can anyone provide some insight into the pronunciation of the word algae? Various dictionaries give either the /g/ version as in gear or the /dʒ/ version as in jeep. For example: https://dictionary....
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What are the advantages of having different word forms for different tenses?

I'm always wondering this question: what benefits can people get from using different forms of words in different contexts? For example: We say "he learns English" instead of "he learn English" but ...
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should I say 'a group of friends who lives close by' or 'a group of friends who live close by' [duplicate]

I'm attempting to design a worksheet for TEFL students. Here's one of the questions: 4) Your friend Tina who lives close by comes to visit you today. You want to ask her what she was doing when it ...
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Plural possessives [duplicate]

Which is correct: "Drs. Ha and Smith's comments" or "Drs. Ha's and Smith's comments" (referring to the comments of both drs.)
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Which is most appropriate? “Only do this with {management/management's/managemental} approval.”

Which is most appropriate? "Only do this with {management/management's/managemental} approval." I get that the word "management" can be singular or plural. But, can it also be both possessive and ...
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“5 votes {was/were} chosen to be the number of close votes needed…”: Which is correct?

"5 votes was chosen to be the number of close votes needed to close a question on Stack Exchange." Grammarly says that I should change "was" to "were," but it doesn't sound right to me. What's the ...
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What does it mean when a plural verb is sometimes used with a singular country-name as the subject? [duplicate]

I read a statement in this Facebook post: Belgium make a statement with a clinical win My question is why is it Belgium make in the plural, not Belgium makes in the singular? Wouldn’t you say ...
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Is Windows (as in MS Windows) “it” or “them”

As in "This is MS Windows, do you like it?" vs "This is MS Windows, do you like them?". Or "My MS Windows crashed, what should I do to fix them?" vs "My MS Windows crashed, what should I do to fix it?...
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Plural of East European surnames

Would the collective noun for the Ivanovic family be "Ivanoviches"? I called the Invanoviches for confirmation.
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What is the correct way to use the genitive in “Marge's and Homer's personalities are the opposite”? [duplicate]

I was making drills with the genitive case and I made a sentence that I don't understand (ironically): Marge's and Homer's personalities are the opposite. I mean, it is supposed that every person ...
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Why do distributive adjectives mostly take a singular noun while quantitative adjectives mostly take a plural noun?

I am sure that there are some exceptions to this, but I have noticed that distributive adjectives like “each”, “every”, “either”, “neither”, etc., mostly take a singular noun, while quantitative ...
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Plural usage of this sentence

Think of the security guys in the green fluorescent jacket with their back towards the field. or Think of the security guys in the green fluorescent jackets with their backs towards the field. ...
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“Here is a list of all (the) modified files.” Should I write “the” or not?

In this sentence: Here is a list of all modified files. Do I write the before modified or not ? I know that plural nouns often lose the article, but I'm not sure with this sentence.
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Is a term like micromanagement or micromanaging used with a singular/plural verb?

Micromanaging usually excessively emphasises or emphasise? Would micromanagement affect the singular/plural aspect?