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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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How should I hyphen decimal numbers written in letters (that contains the word "point" and "and")?

All the wesites I've looked at says to hyphen numbers when you are describing compound numbers between 21 and 99 (except 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80 and 90). A compound number is any number that consists ...
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How can I say "usually one, sometimes multiple" at the end of a sentence?

I'm struggling with this sentence fragment: “...and produces usually one, sometimes multiple, binary outputs.” Is this grammatically correct? Is there a better way to structure this? Here is the ...
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Why does English only have one form of we/us?

I have tried googling this and looking here to no avail. Why does English only have one we? What I mean is, why aren't there two forms for: Me and someone else excluding you Me and someone else ...
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When to use "profit" vs. "profits"?

I have noticed that some authors refer to the amount of money that a firm makes (net of costs) as "the firm's profit," while other authors refer to it as "the firm's profits." For example, consider ...
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When comparing singular with a plural entities

A professor corrected me a sentence in an academic paper and he wrote: An alternative to X method is automatic methods and I am a bit puzzled that you can write a sentence in the form of "[singular ...
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case when "both ... and ..." is used with the single form of the verb

proofreadnow.com: If the subject consists of two or more words that are connected by "and" or by "both...and", the subject is plural and requires a plural verb. forum.wordreference.com: What is ...
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Type of clause question ?

No matter what they say about him, it's false. introductory phrase followed by comma and it's false. So is the whole sentence acting as the main clause in these constructions ? It's false can't ...
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What is the difference between the singular and plural forms, "varieties of choice" and "variety of choices"?

What is the difference between (i) "varieties of choice" and (ii) "variety of choices"? Does the location of singular or plural in a sentence affect the entire meaning of a ...
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Singular or plural verb with "a minimum of"

Does the phrase "a minimum of" in conjunction with a plural term require a singular or plural verb? "A minimum of 1.6 million reads was generated per sample." vs. "A minimum of 1.6 million reads ...
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Is it proper to pluralize when amount is unknown?

The rules I know: 0 count of item : "zero items plural 1 count of item : "one item" singular greater than 1 count of item : "many items" plural less than 0 count of item (as in ...
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Plural subject, plural object

My question is a bit hard to explain, but I was wondering about whether or not there was a rule for how subject and objects should be pluralized. This is the sentence that sparked my curiosity: ... ...
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Grammatical number of a noun with multiple attributes

The problem in question is in the following sentence: The lecture was on the parameters used in the calculation(s) of the DAS28, SDAI, and CDAI. The last three abbreviations stand for individual ...
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Why is “one one-thousandths of a second” plural?

The other day I came across this page and found a phrase strange to me. The Britannica Dictionary a/one thousandth of a second = one one-thousandths of a second [= 1/1000 second] The plural "s&...
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Multiple plurals of the word "die"

I see that the Oxford dictionary has a plural dice for "a small cube with a different number of spots on each of its sides, used in games of chance". However, there is no plural listed for &...
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Use of singular or plural form for decimal money units

According to these following articles: The Chicago Manual of Style Online:Numbers: Q. When referring to decimals from zero to one, are they singular or plural? Stack Exchage (English Language & ...
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"There was/were my brother and two sisters?

"There was [or were?] my brother and two sisters, hugging and tears streaming." I've come across a sentence while editing, and I don't know whether to use "was" or "were." The object of the "be"-verb ...
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Plural possessive of the acronym COA

How do I write the plural possessive of the acronym COA in APA style (which in general doesn't allow for the use of an apostrophe)? COA = children orphaned by AIDS Children orphaned by AIDS [...
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Shays' Rebellion or Shays's Rebellion?

On khan academy, it is Shays's. However on wikipedia, it is written Shays'. I am confused as to which one is grammatically correct. Thanks!
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Pluralization of martini

Why is martini pluralized when a volume larger than one drink is referred to? "I have a pitcher if martinis chilling." We don't say we have a pitcher of lemonades chilling.
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List of singular and plural adjectives. Does the object take singular or plural?

Example: The line has one, both, or neither point. or The line has one, both, or neither points.
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How do you say Doll Stories or Doll's Stories?

I am trying to make a logo and already made it saying The Doll Stories And I am not sure if this is incorrect? Please help Thankyou
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The history of number in percent locutions

It seems that Ten percent of the pie is eaten is now universally? considered correct. Was there a time in the history of modern English when this was not so? That is, when are would have been ...
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Alphabetical bullets

When you write a list like this one, are the letters (i.e. the A, B and C) called anything? Are they still bullets even though they’re not ‘bullet-shaped’ like the dot (•) often used for bullet lists? ...
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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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"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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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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What 'type' of a word is the word "goings-on"?

I'm not sure how to phrase this correctly, but I noticed that the word "goings-on" has the plural suffix of '-s' before the end of the word. If this wasn't the case, it would be "going-ons" which of ...
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singular/plural mix up and vocab word confusion

Two questions on these two sentences: Throughout my PhD I intend to give talks to local underserved middle/high school science classes in the hopes that I can encourage students to consider an ...
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Why is it carriage and pair when you have 2 horses

The correct (UK) English usage is "horse and carriage", "pony and trap", etc., when you have 1 horse, "carriage and pair" for 2 or "coach and horses" for more. I am wondering why the coach or ...
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The curious case of "These following + a plural" vs "The following + a plural"

From my understanding, the following + a plural generally serves as an introduction, letting the reader know that they're about to be presented with a list of some sort. Example: The following ...
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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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"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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Could someone help me understand the grammar of the sentences

It doesn't make sense to me every time I come across some sentences like the following one that I manage to make up now. Why should you be concerned about such a fuss? They are nothing more than a ...
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The usage of any in affirmative sentences with countable nouns

I want to know whether the following sentence is correct: Revoking or invoking any new laws(or law?) can affect a large number of people's lives. My tutor told me that "any" in positive sentences ...
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Which number to pluralise

Do you say 'eights-and-a-half' or 'eight-and-a-halfs' when asking whether a person has that size in shoes or stockings?
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Is one or ones correct when mixing countable and uncountable forms of a noun?

Is the sentence "Tanya likes coffee, especially one made by Victoria." grammatically correct and why? I've been thinking of substituting one with "ones", "those" and "that" but I am not sure which is ...
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"What is your name and height" or "What are your name and height"

When searching on Google, I found that it's a lot more common to use is than are in phrases such as "What is/are your name and date of birth?". Why is that? To me, it feels more natural to use is in ...
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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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All I can think about is vs all I can think about are

All I can think about is the sun, oak tree, and large bird. vs. All I can think about are the sun, oak tree, and large bird.
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there is a plethora of investigations which indicate/indicates

"There is a plethora of investigations which indicate how it works...." or "There is a plethora of investigations which indicates how it works.." Does the verb "to indicate" refer to the plethora or ...
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Is a plural pronoun OK when it refers back to a singular institution or entity?

Is a plural personal pronoun OK when it refers back to a (singular) institution or entity? E.g., The bank is uncooperative; they just don't answer. Or: Facebook doesn't care about fake ...
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Subject-Verb agreement in sentences with "all I see," "all he hears," etc,

In sentences like "All he can think of is this moment," all is taking singular is. However, in sentences where there is more than one subject, does all still take singular is? All he can ...
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Writing with negative numbers in sentences

What is correct in writing the following: "Total imports in the US grew 5.82% CAGR from 2010-2012 and later declined to -1.18% CAGR from 2013-2016."
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Behaviour: countable or uncountable noun?

Is this sentence correct? "...in addition to frustrating other instinctive and comfort behaviours." Or should it be "behaviour"? Read this somewhere: “The dictionary says it is both countable and ...
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Use of are or is for this specific sentence

A friend said "some people are going downtown tonight" And then someone answered: who is 'some people'. Is the correct response to ask who are some people? Or who is some people?
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"This book includes three chapters, which {discusses/discuss} on..."

In the following sentence, should it be 'discuss' or 'discusses'? This book includes three chapters, which discusses on the examples of adaptation, evolution and survival, providing a further ...
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When the plural subject is used, do I have to take the plural object?

I want to say the following contents: There are five users using cell phone. Each of them has to keep a communication link with a base station. That is, the user 1 has to keep a link 'a' with a base ...
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Gamut - single or plural

So which is right: there is an entire gamut of hidden costs associated with it OR there are an entire gamut of hidden costs associated with it
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Usage of ''both"

Both the control laws demand high magnitude of acceleration at the end. Both the control laws demand high magnitudes of acceleration at the end. At the end phase, acceleration demand of both the ...
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Why would someone say “the American consumer” instead of "the American consumers"?

As in "The Survey of the American Consumer" or "The state of the American consumer". Why is the phrase singular?
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