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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They won hundreds of dollars; five hundreds to be precise!

‘They won hundreds of dollars; five hundreds to be precise!’ "The Name of the Number", by Michael A. B. Deakin , page 48. Is the plural hundreds here O.K? In mathematics we talk about the ...
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Should i call “100 day streak” or “100 days streak”?

After any kind of number should i use singular or plural form?
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Pride and joy as a plural

I just came across some text in a book which stated, “it was one of his prides and joys“. That sounds wrong to me. It seems as if it should be pride and joys, since that phrase is considered a ...
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Plural or singular verb form

The X & Y Alliance secure win to modernize IT or The X & Y Alliance secures win to modernize IT
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How are “the origin of human” and “the origins of human” used differently?

Statistically, I have searched on Linggle, on which "the origin of human" appeared 5900 times, and "the origins of human" 5500 times. It seems both are used. What I can come up is ...
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“Series”: a noun of multitude similar to “lot”

According to Garner's fourth edition Though serving as a plural when the need arises, series is ordinarily a singular noun. But it is also a noun of multitude, so that phrases such as a series of ...
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Plural or singular with respectively

Apple of sort X and apple of sort Y are in basket 1 and 2, respectively. Apples of sort X and of sort Y are in basket 1 and 2, respectively. Apple of sort X and apple of sort Y are in baskets 1 and ...
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“Between each” and Other Constructions with Fewer than Two Objects

Page 112 of Garner's fourth edition reads ✳Between each and Other Constructions with Fewer than Two Objects This phrasing is a peculiar brand of illogic, ✳between each house/speech,instead of, ...
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Help deciding if plural should be used in this sentence

Can anyone help me with which of the following is the correct formulation? The main driver for this is changes in the weather. The main driver for this are changes in the weather. Should it be "...
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“For educational purpose” or “for educational purposes”?

When I was writing this: The university is for educational purpose. everything was fine. But when I wrote this: The universities are for educational purpose. The Grammarly said it's a mistake and &...
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“Two good and one bad apple” or “Two good apples and one bad apple”?

I am confused about the usage of singular or plural noun when using separate adjectives for two subgroups of things. Do I need to use separate nouns appropriate for each subgroup or a single plural ...
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Long, hot soaks in winter are a classic mistake [closed]

Why 'a' is placed after 'are' ? Why 'a' 'is used for the plural 'soaks' ? Why it's 'a classic mistake' not 'classic mistakes' ?
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Do we say zero point or zero points? [duplicate]

I know we say one point or two points, how about zero? Do you say zero point or zero points? Or both are ok depending on the context?
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The ranking of X and Y is or The rankings of X and Y are

The ranking of X and Y is 1 and 2 or The rankings of X and Y are 1 and 2
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which article should I use in singular generic count noun [duplicate]

I found this graph when trying to figure out the usage of articles. In situations where the noun is a generic singular noun, it seems one can use either a definite article or an ndefinite article, and,...
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Should I use “in most case”, “in most cases”, “in the most case”, or “in the most cases”? [closed]

The differences are the particle and the number.
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The number of vs The numbers of [migrated]

I always get confused whether I should use singular or plural for "number". Below are example sentences. 1: There was a similar pattern in the number of car theft and robbery throughout the ...
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HQs : plural of the abbreviation of “headquarters” [duplicate]

According to the CambridgeGEL, headquarters has the same singular and plural form, but HQs is the plural of the abbreviation of "headquarters". Aren't both statements contradictory? ...
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“it is suitable for employees who don't want responsibilities” [closed]

"responsibilities" is marked wrong. In general, I am having problem determing when to use plural and when to use singular form of a word. Any help is greatly apprciated.
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Capitalisation of plural proper nouns

Atlantic and Pacific Oceans or Atlantic and Pacific oceans? Jackson and Smith Streets or Jackson and Smith streets? Would "ocean" and "street" in these instances take capital ...
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Is it correct to say we have five sense organs?

There is a difference in type of something and actual number of that thing as per my understanding. Saying, we have five senses or five kinds of sense organs is okay, but when I say we have five ...
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usage of article/singular/plural noun when listing two things

I was reading this book, and I came across the following sentences whose usage of articles and singular/plural nouns I couldn't understand. A Days Inn in West Palm Beach had to pay $70,000 in ...
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Singular vs. plural for a noun that is associated to a plural number of another noun

Our team has prepared five technical reports that we are going to present to a review committee tomorrow. Each report is very long (about 20 pages). I want to communicate to my colleagues that we ...
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I am unsure of whether to use singular or plural describing a list where the objects in the list are choices

Which is correct: Three different strategies whereby X and Y are produced in a ratio of 1:2, 1:1, or 2:1. or Three different strategies whereby X and Y are produced in ratios of 1:2, 1:1, or 2:1.
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Six foot tall, a herd of elephant: special use of the singular in certain syntactic contexts

CambridgeGEL, page 1588 reads Examples like She’s six foot tall involve a special use of the singular form rather than a base plural: the difference between this and How many feet are there in a mile?...
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Plural affix in the Oxford English Dictionary

I cannot find an entry for the plural affix in the OED (-es, -s , 's, s), unlike say for -en. Also for -ed we have : -ed, suffix1, -ed, suffix2, -d, -t, suffix1, -t, suffix2, etc. What are the ...
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“Advanced English Studies ”

I typed in study instead of studies and is marked wrong. Is there a reason to use the plural form?
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Should the word “data” be used with “is” or “are” [duplicate]

I collect data (many). I want to describe this in a sentence: The collected data [is/are] public data. Can you tell me which one is correct is or are?
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It is strictly forbidden to play with smartphone?

Is it correct to say "It is strictly forbidden to play with smartphone"? Should I add a the in front even though I am not talking about any definite phone at the moment. Or should I add s at ...
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What's the correct British English plural form of TV? Is it TVs or TV's? Thank you!

e.g. I have two TVs VS I have two TV's. Which one is the correct form in British English?
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Valid ways of saying a fraction using (saying) cardinal number as its denominator

Suppose we have a fraction: 23 / 100. Using cardinal way of saying a fraction, which of the following is spoken colloquially? I believe I listed all possible ways (valid and invalid) of saying a ...
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Parenthesis and parentheses

What does a parenthesis mean, "(" or ")" or "(...)" ? In (abc), do I say that abc is inside the parentheses, or inside the parenthesis?
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Plural form of “out of the goodness of his heart”

If I want to refer to a group of people, which one of these two sentences is correct? They're not doing it out of the goodness of their heart. They're not doing it out of the goodness of their hearts....
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“A system” is considered singular or plural? [closed]

Perhaps the highest-profile display of the technology’s potential came in 2016, when a system built by DeepMind, a London-based ai firm owned by Alphabet, Google’s corporate parent, beat one of ...
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p,q is (or are) the number (or numbers) of variables in dataset (or datasets) X and Y, respectively?

I found a similar question “Numbers” or “number?” Which sentence is correct? However, I found my question a bit more complicated. So, what's the correct combination of the following sentence? p,q is/...
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In English, adjectives do not take a plural form. How do we explain the use of the adjective “sales” (as in sales growth, or sales decline)?

In English, adjectives do not take a plural form. How do we explain the use of the adjective "sales" (as in sales growth, or sales decline)?
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Don't show him what are in the box!

Two guys meet each other at night and one of them shows the other a box where there are three guns. Then a police officer appears and asks: What is in the box? Can the guy whom was shown the box ...
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Why is the clause “They filled me in on all the latest news from Cambridge” correct?

Why is it not like the following: They filled the latest news from Cambridge in me.
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“That” vs “those” with multiple singular nouns

I just received an email citing my contact info and asking me to confirm it. I replied with "Those address and phone number are correct." The Gmail grammar checker underlined "address" and "number". ...
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“The A and B structure” or “The A and B structures”

If I have two singular nouns, A and B, that consist of two words (and the second word is shared), should the second word be singular or plural? For example: (Both the bio structure and the request ...
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Would you say “Politics is terrible” or “Politics are terrible”? [duplicate]

There's a slight argument going on between me and my friends rn
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Usage of “hundred” colloquially in numbers

I want to know when it is valid to say 2 digit + "hundred". Suppose we have the number 3,500, then some people might say:     -> thirty-five hundred So for a 4 digit number which ...
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Three is/are enough?

Should I use a singular or plural verb? I got another dog because apparently three IS not enough. Or I got another dog because apparently three ARE not enough.
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You have brains in your head

"You have brains in your head" is quoted from Dr. Seuss' "Oh, the Places You'll Go!". My question is, should it be 'heads' instead of 'head'? How come more than one brain in one single head?
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“The solution would be that he go and talk.”

Just need to confirm if this construction is correct. Would also really appreciate it if it could be broken down too from a grammatical perspective. Many thanks!
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Should I use a plural noun when grouping two cancers? “Pancreatic and prostate cancer(s)”

My girlfriend (non-native speaker) recently approached me with the following question - which of the following would you use? Glycemic variants affect pancreatic and prostate cancer, but not ...
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Is a plural name singular or plural?

I'm writing a book where the characters visit a stone circle called "The Nine Stones". This is a single place, but named for the 9 stones that form the circle. Should it be plural or singular in ...
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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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Automotive: “Part-makers” or “Parts Makers”? [duplicate]

I see the term "parts maker" in use a lot in automotive industry news, and I'm wondering if the term is a correct construction (grammatically speaking). When this term is used in Japanese it is ...
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Huge concentrations of + singular or plural noun?

I'm reading George Orwell's You and the Atomic Bomb, and I'm wondering why he says 'huge concentrations of industrial plant'. I expected 'industrial plants'. Here's the sentence: The one thing ...

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