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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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The sight and sound of death were with them like a presence. This describes two differing aspects of death. The suddenness and completeness of death was with them like a presence. This de …
answered Aug 1 '15 by chasly from UK
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If you analyse the sentences logically, you come to the following interpretations: Everything happens for a reason. ----> Every individual thing happens for some reason. "All things happen for reas …
answered Aug 8 '15 by chasly from UK
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We are wearing a jacket. [incorrect unless several people are wearing just one jacket] We are wearing jackets. [normal English] Example "What are you all wearing to the event on Tuesday?" "We're w …
answered Oct 17 '15 by chasly from UK
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the transition from case D to C I agree with you. Case D is a single case. The sentence is a contraction of: "... the transition from case D to case C ..." If it had been, "...the transition f …
answered Sep 22 '15 by chasly from UK
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Should invention be plural in the phrase "one of the greatest invention[s]" If the phrase was, "The greatest invention." then there is only one greatest invention so you would use the singular. …
answered Oct 27 '15 by chasly from UK
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I agree with your reader. 1. "The evening zephyr ruffled their long flowing hairs - the Indian village girl's shiny, black hair, and Audrey's curly blonde hair." (incorrect) Possible rewrite: "The …
answered Jul 10 '15 by chasly from UK
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The conversational topic that kept us pleasantly chatting was the different Southern dialects in the US. This seems pretty clear: The topic was T. If you want to make it explicit you could write, …
answered Aug 30 '15 by chasly from UK
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Sometimes five characters is really enough. Sometimes five characters are really enough. Here's how I see it: Five characters is good. ---> a group of five letters is good. Five characters ar …
answered Aug 30 '15 by chasly from UK
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Language is a living thing. It changes with time and it changes with culture. This is especially true of the English language which has no official body prescribing correct usage. (Unlike French and S …
answered Jul 10 '15 by chasly from UK
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You say ... Due to the improvement of our algorithm, our model, and therefore simulation, becomes more realistic. The presence of 'therefore' and the commas makes the phrase, "and therefore simu …
answered Sep 22 '15 by chasly from UK
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If we make 'premium' plural, then we need 'are'. The ​insurance ​premiums are ​small ​potatoes ​compared to what we'd have to ​pay if the ​house ​burned down. Also we could change things further, e. …
answered Aug 29 '15 by chasly from UK
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'The first thing was ...' The subject of the verb 'to be' is 'thing.' You could say, 'The first things were...' –
answered Sep 2 '15 by chasly from UK
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I suggest vector. In computer programming, a one-dimensional array. http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/V/vector.html It correctly describes a row of values. Examples Defining a very long parameter vect …
answered Oct 31 '15 by chasly from UK
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A. The rainforests are in danger. The meaning of this depends on context, e.g. "What can you tell me about Brazil?" "The rainforests are in danger." This means that all the rainforests in Bra …
answered Oct 11 '15 by chasly from UK
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In this case I think pragmatism has to win out. I therefore go with the Guardian. In any case, I don't think the apostrophe is necessary. Since the band's name is 'The Roots' then the Guardian might …
answered Sep 20 '15 by chasly from UK

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