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Questions tagged [grammatical-number]

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

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Plurar in english [on hold]

I'd like call a function correctly (in programming) It takes emails of customers and returns them as options get customers emails options get customer email options get customers email options ...
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Grammar Question Regarding “Are the” or “Is the” When Referring to Something that May or May not be Plural

I'm revising procedural documentation and checklists for my work. One of the checklist questions are written as "Is the equipment in the work center calibrated, and operating within specified ...
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Singular or plural noun when referring to two groups

I have problems deciding whether I should use singular or plural nouns. For example, which of the following sentences is correct?: (...) to draw a size comparison between the nose of old and young ...
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Countable and Uncountable Nouns in a List [duplicate]

Since "information" is an uncountable-noun and "references" is a countable noun, which sentence is correct? Please let me know if any additional information or references are needed. Please let ...
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Using a collective noun when only a single item exists? [on hold]

A statement like "dodos were flightless birds" seems to be using a collective noun; "dodos" being the collective. But in the case where a group actually only had a single item, would a usage like ...
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Singular or plural in argumentation writing [on hold]

I'm writing an essay on accommodation types. And I have two sentences going as follows: 1. Living in an apartment saves the occupant/s time and labour. 2. The occupant/s can better spend their time on ...
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Is higher ranking a 'bigger number' or a 'smaller number'? [closed]

Hello sophisticated linguists of the net! So a friend of mine posted a news: Indonesia is ranked 15 out of all country in military power. With the surprised caption: "whoa 15 ain't a small number" ...
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Should “index” be countable here?

I'm having trouble with the grammar of this sentence: In urban areas, the graduation index of general high school and higher education was greater than 1, while that of compulsory education and ...
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“There is” OR “There are” an unusual number of bees this summer?

Can you show me which one is the correct sentence? "There is an unusual number of bees this summer." or "There are an unusual number of bees this summer." I suppose that "There are" is more ...
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What is the correct way to express a number with all its digits?

I have the following table: On the last column, I have expressed the numbers in billions as it is mentioned at the top. However, I want the last number (Final sample size) to be expressed fully. Is ...
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Why ”were” and not “was” in “and e’en to tell it ᴡᴇʀᴇ no easy task”?

I am reading a translation of Dante’s Inferno made by Cary in 1805. Here I cite the translator’s text for the opening of Canto I: In the midway of this our mortal life, I found me in a gloomy ...
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Can plural noun be followed by another plural noun

I am new to English and this forum as well. You may have sensed it already. Here is my question: Can plural noun be followed by another plural noun? As in the example: Notifications settings ...
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Do I use an apostrophe if I'm referring to several medical IVs? [duplicate]

First sentence (with apostrophe): The IV's continued to drip as she thrashed on the bed. OR Second sentence (no apostrophe): The IVs continued to drip as she thrashed on the bed. Which one of ...
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Question on attributive nouns/noun adjuncts

I am writing a review in English and I need to use the structure ‘eye movement changes’, ‘eye movement abnormalities’ with ‘eye movements’ in the form of a noun adjunct. Even in the title I would need ...
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What's the context of “performance” or “performances” in this case? [duplicate]

This question explains the singular and plural of performance depends on the contex. One person answers that regarding algorithms, it's always singular, but perhaps other people disagreed. Here's ...
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Choose: Six years (seems, seem) too much time to build a house [duplicate]

Choose: Six years (seems, seem) too much time to build a house. I have this question while solving an exam in English, it appears to be "seems" but the plural noun phrase (six years) leading you to "...
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Plurality of ratios: 0/1 question(s) selected

How does plurality work with ratios? To me, it sounds like it should always be plural, but I'm not sure. For each of the cases should it be questions or question? 0/0 questions selected 0/1 ...
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Meeting room or meetings room [duplicate]

A friend from work asked me why he should write meetings room, instead of meeting room. For him it made more sense to use the plural word meetings as several meetings were held in that place. I know ...
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Mixed singular/plural — which verb to use?

Sometimes I find myself saying something like this: “The unifying factor in all my favorite songs is unusual time signatures.” “Unifying factor” is singular but “time signatures” is plural. Which one ...
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'They ride a bike.' vs 'They ride bikes.'

'They ride a bike.' vs 'They ride bikes.' I don't know the difference between these. When each person rides a bike one by one, Can I use this sentence? >> 'They ride a bike.'
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Should “translation” be plural in “specializing in English and German translation”?

I am specializing in English and German translations. I am specializing in English and German translation. Are both sentences usable? Would the plural of the word highlighted modify the meaning ...
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CASchool students' artworks reflect/reflects ?(Plural)

I'm asking about putting "s" at the end in this sentence. Which one is correct? "CASchool students’ artworks reflect their perspectives on road safety." or "CASchool students’ artworks reflects ...
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Final /s/ vs /z/ sound at the end of verbs/nouns issue [duplicate]

So, I've seen this rule at several English books about how if a word has a voiced final sound (e.g. r, voiced th, l, m, n..) then added 's' is pronounced more like /z/. If the final sound is voiceless ...
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Should the concept of a quantity of objects be considered singular or plural?

My gut says that "Fifteen options is too many" is more correct than "Fifteen options are too many" but I can't articulate why the subject feels like a singular concept. Which is correct?
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How to refer to different “sleep time” of multiple people? [closed]

The lengths of time periods are different. Should I use "..., whose sleep times are different"? Or just "..., whose sleep time are different"?
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The Calvary Singular or Plural [duplicate]

Would you say "The Calvary wasn't coming" or "The Calvary weren't coming"?
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“Our generation” - it, they or we?

My sentence is: "Our generation work (because "generation" is a collective noun and here I use it in the plural) mainly on computers, we/they/it do(es) not need...". Which pronoun should I use?
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A modifier clause after “one of the xxxs” – singular or plural?

I wrote a sentence of the kind "XXX contains one of the most powerful lubricants that prevent rusty gears, the main cause of machine failure." This is too wordy, of course, but never mind. The grammar ...
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What is the correct preposition after “rights”?

This question came up for me within the context of intellectual property rights in a film grant competition. When “right” is singular, the correct preposition is “to,” such as in the right to free ...
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Family business name apostrophe 's or s'

My brother and I are setting up a painting and decorating business and there's a small dispute to where our apostrophe goes. Initially, I thought "Sheppards' Painting and Decorating Company" would be ...
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Word-usage: “two pair” or “two pairs”? Proper phrasing: If one has “two pairs of eyes on everything” wouldn’t that mean they have four eyes?

I was considering downloading the Grammarly app and was reading the reviews. I cut and pasted the following review just to make sure I didn’t make any mistakes: “When I discovered Grammarly it ...
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“Those who buy a second unit?” [closed]

I am not a native English speaker. Maybe the question is stupid... Each consumer chooses one of the two options: (1) buying one unit; or (2) buying a second unit. When I want to say some consumers (...
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Is virus a countable or non-countable noun?

I have read that virus is both a countable and non-countable noun. I am therefore unsure which of the following is grammatically correct. There are six types of computer virus available. There are ...
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“Five and a half million tons of laundry is / are sent to…” [closed]

I don't know which one to use, "is" or "are"? Thank you
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Rule for deciding the plural form of “space jellyfish”?

I've just written the question Are there “Space Jellyfish” in Florida? Would they be possible? The phenomenon is described in Wikipedia as follows: A space jellyfish (or jellyfish UFO; also ...
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singular subject but verb changes depending on statement or question [closed]

I'm married to a non-native English speaker so I often get to correct his English. However, I can't always explain WHY one way is correct and the other is not. I heard him ask a customer, "Where ...
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What's the Singular term for Music? [closed]

I'd like to know what's the singular term of music, is it muse?
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Is “et al. [1]” used as a singular or plural subject?

I've checked out a similar question, but to the best of my knowledge, it only tells me that "Name et al." is used as a singular subject since it refers to the authors, but what if the “et al..” part ...
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Police Have…vs Police Has [duplicate]

The State Police Have Busted the thief or The state police has busted the thief? According to me, It is Have because police is a group of people. So police is plural noun.
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“technical work” singular or plural?

Should I use "are" or "is" in this sentence? The technical work done at these meetings is an import precursor to the...
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Is “outcome” plural? [closed]

Is this sentence grammatically correct? Our participation will ensure that the outcome of the meetings are compatible with the interests of the U.S. for transportation and classification of XXX ...
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Number and Capitalization of Phrase [closed]

At work we have what we call "environments" (groups of computers, essentially). Each environment has a number (e.g., Environment 1). I maintain a list of the environments. I am unsure how to ...
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Plural or singular noun in this case?

"The line graph illustrates the amount of goods which was delivered by road, water, rail and pipeline in the UK from 2000 to 2005". Should I use "amount" or "amounts" in this case? (I am writing a ...
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One in five don't care [duplicate]

I'm looking at a sentence on the side of a box of Imperfect Produce (TM.) It reads: "1 in 5 fruits and veggies grown in the U.S. don't meet the strict cosmetic standards of grocery stores, often ...
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Plurals usage in sentence

I always get confused when I have to use plurals in sentences like the following: Please specify circuits and boards wirings identifiers. Is it correct to add the "s" at the end of all of them? Or ...
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Plural of numbers (as nouns)

I really tried to find an answer in Internet but turns out I've found two different answers for the same question: how do you say the plural of a number (used as noun)? Let me elaborate: Suppose I'm ...
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How is “Scope of Work” pluralized: “Scopes of Work” or “Scope of Works”?

If a title of a thing has a prepositional phrase in it, does the plural form pluralize the subject or the object of the preposition, i.e. 'Scope of Work', is the plural form 'Scopes of Work', or '...
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Grocery or Goods

Grocery - items of food sold in a grocery store (Google). But suppose I bought a few cleaning items along with the food stuff can the collection still be called grocery? Or maybe goods ?
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Should “noun” be plural here?

Should I use "a noun" or "nouns" in this sentence? We use any before nouns to refer to indefinite or unknown quantities or an unlimited entity. Or: We use any before a noun to refer to ...
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“the dynamics is” or “the dynamics are”?

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, dynamics is a noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction. A Google search reveals that "the dynamics of * is described" is almost as ...