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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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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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IPA (International phonetic alphabet) can take a plural form? [on hold]

I know that code is a countable noun, and I tend to refer to IPA like a code.
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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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Is it correct to say “the color” when describing a multi-colored object? [migrated]

For instance, "the color of the watermelon is red and green", or should one say "the colors of the watermelon are red and green"?
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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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What is the plural of 'single child'?

For instance, how would you refer to a class room full of such kids? Many single children, Many 'single child's or just play it safe - "many a single child"?
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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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Notified of Results/Result?

Is there a standard in the common notification message: "You will be notified of the result/results within 24 hours." Even if there exists more than one piece of information, the collective ...
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Is it “No incidents reported” or “No incident reported”?

I saw on the Cloudflare website about whether there was any problem, and the status was: No incidents reported Is it correct? I thought it is Zero cars drove by. and No car drove by. Or ...
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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 ...
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Plural vs Singular when the number 1 is represented in integer vs decimal form [duplicate]

If I have a noun of cardinality 1, I am taught that I use the singular form. E.g. I have 1 Apple If the value is still 1, but represented as 1.0, do I still use the singular form? E.g. I have 1.0 ...
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Is “you have so many double standards” idiomatic and if not, why and what would be?

The noun double standard is countable. Looking at some ngram you can see the plural form used for titles (to mean something like the topic of...) or when there's a number preceding it (i.e. referring ...
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“Is” vs “are” with joined nouns

I have a two-sentence headline, and the question is about whether to use "is" or "are" in it: Ideas are everywhere. Strategy and execution is/are not. "Are" seems to agree with given rules, but ...
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was vs were in “The teachers discussed Jim, one of whose problems was poor study habits”

In the sentence below: The teachers discussed Jim, one of whose problems was poor study habits. Why was is used in the adjective clauses?
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A minimum of two personnel “are” or “is”?

Which is correct? A minimum of two personnel are required to meet this objective. or A minimum of two personnel is required to meet this objective.
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When did “committee” become a collective noun, and why?

According to dictionary.com, "committee" comes from late Middle English, with the suffix -ee added to the word "commit". Typical use of the -ee suffix would imply the meaning of "one who commits" or "...
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Do vs Does which one is it? [duplicate]

Which is the correct heading? What StackOverflow does. or What StackOverflow do.
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Is there a word for when the singular is the same as the plural? [duplicate]

Is there a word for when the singular is the same as the plural? e.g. "fish" I understand that fish isn't a collective noun, as there are already collective nouns for fish, like shoal or school for ...
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Two oatmeal pies a day keep the doctor away?

Is it "two oatmeal pies a day keep the doctor away" or "two oatmeal pies a day keeps the doctor away"?
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More than one - singular or plural [duplicate]

"When more than one threads are executed". Is this correct? How should it have been phrased?
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Models are my life, vs models is my life [duplicate]

I am wondering which one of the following is correct: I love building mathematical models. Models are my life. I love building mathematical models. Models is my life.
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Proper form of “user request”

The context is an Internet platform to which http requests are sent. In a sentence like this: The system behaves differently when users' requests increase. what is the correct usage of user request ...
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Are two (or more) to-infinitives treated as singular?

A friend said to me that two (or more) to-infinitives are treated as singular (whereas gerunds can be treated as plural depending on the situation). Is it true? Or, in this example sentence, which ...
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“singing and dancing” is singular or plural? [duplicate]

Singing and dancing is fun! Singing and dancing are fun! Please tell me which expression is correct.
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’s apostrophe usage in “RNA’s” [duplicate]

The following is a test of mba entrance Why is there a 's after RNA in number 2 ? PS: the number 2 should change to RNA's direct according to the answer sheet.
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Plural or singular when talking about generalities

In an academic paper, I need to explain that C programs have only one entry point. Should I write C programs have only one entry point or A C program has only one entry point I often find ...
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They are the global leaders in the synthetic drug(s) industry

They are the global leaders in the synthetic drug(s) industry. Should the word 'drug(s)' be singular or plural in this sentence?
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“Save the Blue Whale” or “Save the Blue Whales”?

When writing about a breed or species as a whole, which is correct? I intuitively think the first option sounds better, but I can't put my finger on why that is so.
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“Price of goods” vs “Prices of goods”

I was just asked, in referring to the sentence: “The price of goods in big cities is usually higher than in small cities,” if it’s okay to swap “price of goods” for “prices of goods.” I said that ...
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schools of thought vs. schools of thoughts

I am wondering if I should say schools of thought or schools of thoughts? The word thought can both be countable or uncountable, I think.
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“With war come deaths” vs “With war comes deaths” [migrated]

Which is the correct form of verb here? what is considered the subject in this case?
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Plural or singular when referencing a company [duplicate]

Which is correct when using as a title: Who is Microsoft? or Who are Microsoft?
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What is the plural possessive form of the word “British”? [closed]

What is the plural possessive form of the word "British"? I believe British is both singular and plural. Is that right? I could get around the possessive problem by using "The British empire's...", ...
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Throughout this and last year(s)

"Throughout this and last year" sounds more correct, but saying "this and last" implies two, leading me to believe "years" could be right. This is kind of similar, but the most conclusive answer ...
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Acronyms: Plural, and then Singular

The acronym "SP" is first written in the document as: "contained in widely used or long-standing special permits (SP)." Next it appears in the singular: "eliminate the need for numerous SP renewal ...
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Plural or singular after an enumeration

I am not sure about the following sentence. Is it: Liking comments, articles or profiles generates suggestions on the same topic. (referring to the enumeration) or is it: Liking comments, ...
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Third person singular or plural form of “to be” with plural noun in question

A disagreement with a colleague: I say "What measures are your company currently implementing?"; she says "what measures is your company currently implementing?". It seems obvious to me I am right! ...
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Subject-Verb Agreement Rule [Help]

I bought a grammar book and I am confused about Subject-Verb Agreement rule. In the book it says the verb in an or, either/or, or neither/nor sentence agrees with the noun or pronoun closest to it. ...
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Reconciling the singular and plural in a title

Here is the tile of a journal article: https://annals.org/aim/article-abstract/2724039/recognizing-potential-overdiagnosis-high-sensitivity-cardiac-troponin-assays-example "Recognizing the Potential ...
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Gold (in) Bar vs Gold Bar vs Gold Bars

I had a discussion with co-workers regarding correct usage of phrases relating to gold production. Namely, I suggested the following phrase: 'gold in bar production' that is, production of gold in the ...
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How to talk about actions with repetition in the past?

One way to talk about the actions that one commonly did in the past is using the modal "would". Now if I do not want to use it, how I can say my story. For example, When I was a lecturer, I go to ...
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“Fish and chips shop” or “fish and chip shop”?

When referring to a restaurant specializing in fish and chips would you call it a fish and chip shop or a fish and chips shop?
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“There is/are more than on” with plural noun by defaut

I was wondering if I should write "I wonder if there is more ..." or "I wonder if there are more..." and I found a threads asking the same question, giving the example of "more cat". The answer was: ...
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Can life form be a collective noun?

Let's say I have this sentence for a sci-fi story: "If humanoid intelligent life form(s) really existed underwater..." Should it be "form" or "forms"? Thank you.
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Why is the plural 'oxen'? Is it acceptable to use 'oxes'? [closed]

According to a English grammar rules, we add 'es' when the noun ends with 's', 'ss', 'sh', 'x', or 'ch'. With these rules, 'ox' would become 'oxes' in the plural. Can 'oxes' be used as the plural of '...
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friend of the familyname's or familynames [duplicate]

Is it "John is a friend of the Smith's." or "John is a friend of the Smiths." ? Thank you for your answer :)
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Should the plural form of “daphnia” be used if there is more than one?

For my science fair, I am confused on if I should write, "daphnia", "daphnias", or "Daphnia" regarding to the species, especially multiple of them. Is there a certain time to use the word in upper ...