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### Why a "100% chance" of rain?

This is an excellent illustration of the difference between "subjective probability" ("credence") and "objective" or "frequentist probability" ("chance&...
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### What does “a couple” mean to you, and what does “a few” mean to you?

To add to the already excellent qualitative answers, one can do a quantitative analysis, asking people a number that one might apply to each. Such an experiment has been done: (note the sparsely ...
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### Does "much of a (countable noun)" mean the same as "much (countable noun)?"

First, please note that your expressions should include not, and that: in (a) much is a pronoun and choice is a countable noun. in (b) much is an adjective, but this time choice is an uncountable ...
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### Why a "100% chance" of rain?

A 100% chance means it is certain, so it is not really 'chance' in that case. Well, as a matter of fact, it is. The "chance" should be considered as a unit of likelihood, which ranges from &...
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### Which is correct: "one or more is" or "one or more are"?

According to The Copyeditor's Handbook, SUBJECT-VERB-AGREEMENT, rule#18, page#345; One or more x. The expression one or more always takes a plural verb. One or more files are missing. One or more of ...
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### Quantifiers realised by a noun?

This type of string is often called a pseudo-partitive construction. (A true partitive looks the same, but shows a partition, a subset: a half of the money, a piece of the cake.) From an article by in ...
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### "He's good police"

He's good police. This is a variation on the more common: He's good people. There is already an English.SE answer that addresses "good people". An excerpt from the answer: This is an ...
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### Romeo and Juliet "Which then most sought where most might not be found"

“I, measuring his affections by my own, which then most sought where most might not be found, being one too many by my weary self, pursued my humor not pursuing his, and gladly shunned who ...
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### Is there an Infix phrase for "any of x are y" in the english language?

I'd have commented, rather than answered, but I don't have that privilege. So, a suggestion: If you accept "…if the tree's leaves are all green" for "x are all y", then you could ...
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### "For every variable x and y" or "For every variables x and y"?

"every" is an indefinite pronoun and takes a singular noun. e.g; Every man and woman participated in the game. So, " for every variable "x" and "y" is the correct ...

### How are the negative quantifiers "not many/not a lot of" interpreted?

The Cambridge page you cite isn't actually claiming that "not many" means "almost none." Instead, it's saying that "few" can mean either "not many" or "...
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### The human body is 60% water. (60% quantifier float?)

This is not a case of floating quantifier according to "FLOATING QUANTIFIERS, PARTITIVES AND DISTRIBUTIVITY Jack Hoeksema University of Groningen". The general distribution of floating ...
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### "He's good police"

Great question! I also haven’t been able to find any use “in the wild” from a quick Google search. There are examples in literature, but it doesn't seem to show up in books that were published before ...
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### "1 in 10 are" or "1 in 10 is"?

I searched the New York Times's database for the phrase "one in ten" (note, the numbers are written as words), excluding modal and regular verbs used in the past tense that do not differentiate ...
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### Why is a singular verb "is" used after "One-third of the population" while a plural verb "live" is used after "70 percent of the population"?

The earlier answer by dz420 seems to have identified the reason for the difference, which I shall only try to explain in a little more detail, and illustrate with a few examples. Words like 'X ...
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### Do native speakers actually "feel" the difference between the following sentences?

The examples given in CED need more context to clarify the claims made in the dictionary. There's a reading of [B], as I think Global implies, in the context: ["But I was hearing that the 'Purple ...
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### The multiple meanings of "any" in different circumstances

The first thing to know about any is that it's a Negative Polarity Item. That means it's got weird grammar and semantics, and is part of a lot of idioms, so one can't make assumptions about what it ...
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### How to quantify "hash browns"

Hash browns come in either shaped individual patty things, or as a sort of dollop or clump of fried potato gratings. In the patty case they are clearly countable: plural as in "a side order of ...
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### "There is" or "There are" a large quantity of people?

I thought this excerpt from Oxford Dictionaries was instructive: Although the expression ‘a number’ is strictly singular, the phrase ‘a number of’' is used with plural nouns (as what grammarians call ...
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### The amount of VS The number of, etc

This question appears to arise from a comment I made in an earlier question. Op had written: The pie charts compare the amount of people enrolled on six courses, … in a certain college in ...
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### Why is a singular verb "is" used after "One-third of the population" while a plural verb "live" is used after "70 percent of the population"?

The word population is a collective noun that can take either a singular or plural verb, depending on the intention of the author. The intention in the first sentence is to indicate population as a ...
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### Plenty of time, space, and money is needed or are needed?

Although MacMillan gives the part of speech for plenty as either pronoun or adverb, depending on usage, other dictionaries are careful to specify that in the case of plenty of + noun object(s), it is ...

### Quantifiers and nouns

(Context for others: The Least Common Multiple is also known as the Lowest Common Multiple. It is the term for the lowest non-zero number which has two particular factors. For example, the LCM of 3 ...
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### Is or Are? --> Every year, about 800,000 tonnes of food waste are generated

My sense of grammar would have about 800,000 tonnes of food a complex descriptor of waste. I can also sense about 800,000 and of food waste as modifiers of tonnes. This ...
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### {This/that vs. these/those} + many + plural noun

The difference between “much” and “many” is whether the thing measured is “countable”. Stars are countable, they can be counted: one star, two stars, three stars, … It may take you a while to count ...
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### How can I remove the redundancy in quantifying in "there is a whole number of apples, and a whole number of oranges"?

"There are whole numbers of each of the items." This addresses the plurality of items and the wholeness of the respective numbers.
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### What is the quantifying determiner for durian/jackfruit?

You can use the term bulb (aril) to talk about the edible part of a fruit like the jackfruit rather than the word seed. I ate two jackfruit bulbs.
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### What is the quantifying determiner for durian/jackfruit?

You can also use "pod" which is how people might more commonly refer to the durian fruit sections. For example in How to Open a Durian Fruit by Faith Durand: See the “pod” coming out of the husk? ...
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