Questions tagged [grammatical-number]

"Grammatical number" is a grammatical category of nouns, pronouns, adjective and verb agreement that expresses count distinctions.

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'1 out of 3 million' v. '1 million out of 3 million'

Can I omit the first word in the expressions like '1 million out of 3 million'? It seems redundant, but I'm not sure whether it would be correct.
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The number of vs The numbers of

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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Which form (singular vs plural) should I use for a verb governed by a collective noun?

For context, let me clarify. When giving ownership to a person, I can use the ’s form of that person’s name. This is Robert’s car. When attributing ownership to two people or more, I can still add ...
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How to use the conjunction “as”?

Are these correct uses of AS: "What do you do AS a job?", "What do you do AS A leisure/sport activity?", "What do you do AS sport activitiES?" meaning: "What job do you do?", "What leisure/sport ...
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Which is proper, “3 thousand dead” or “3 thousands dead”?

I wonder if 3-thousand dead can be rewritten as 3 thousands dead? Are both of them correct? What's the difference between them?
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A mixture of things that offer/offers

A mixture of things that offer Or, A mixture of things that offers It is not obvious to me which one is correct because mixture is singular but things is plural.
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One year and a half has passed? One year and a half have passed? has or have?

Which is grammatical? has or have? or both of them? I've already read some posts and assume that 'One year and a half' is plural. But I encountered "One year and a half has passed since we last met." ...
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Why is “the xxx authorities” in plural form?

E.g. The American/Russian/Chinese authorities. I think the subject should be one unit, unless the country was split. Or should I compare this expression to "the committee", to which some elements ...
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Is it “a player who always do” or “who always does”?

I have a doubt question or confusion about the following structure: I am a player who always do the best. or I am a player who always does the best" Which is the correct version? I think the "do" ...
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The plural form of One

We are doing online marketing and we have a campaign for a smartphone where we say “If we send you one, will you review it for us?” Using “one” fits this case perfectly as “smartphone” is singular. ...
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How to put all the information into one sentence?

we have conducted half-month fieldwork twice in 2018 and 2019, respectively. we have conducted two times of half-month fieldwork in 2018 and 2019, respectively. I want to descript our ...
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He does cry and “think or thinks?” of her

It is clear that we write: He does cry... and... He thinks of her But, I'm confused whether the second verb should be with 's' or without 's' in this case: He does cry and think/thinks of ...
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Nouns expressing number and weight

I read in a grammer book that nouns expressing number and weight (when preceded by numerals ) are not pluralized, as: five dozen apples, five head of cattle, four yoke of oxen, etc. My question is ...
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Prime numbers are what “are” left when you have taken all the patterns out

I am studying the English grammar for an exam, and the book tells me what I thought was right is actually wrong. So I was wondering if I could get some help here. In the sentence 'Prime numbers are ...
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Opportunity analysis or Opportunities analysis?

Please help me to say it correctly in other words in English: The Anasysis of opportunities. (it's from the SWOT analysis). Considered options are: 1) Opportunities analysis 2) Opportunities' ...
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8th Street, Street No.8 or Street 8?

In my country, there're a lot of street name like "Number 8", "Number 12",...etc How to write it in English? I usually see something like "8th Street" or "Street No.8", but I don't know the ...
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What does this line from a game mean?

https://youtu.be/pGwqN71 "We'll be even on that house you owe me." What the heck does the ugly pig mean? Any idea?
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Plural or singular after a number?

Which one of those is correct grammatically? I We evaluate 1000 student result Or We evaluate 1000 student results Or We evaluate 1000 students' results
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“That” instead of “those” with plural nouns

At the first glance, that is used with singular nouns, and those with plural. However, sometimes I see that that is used with plural nouns as well. So, both of these examples seems to be correct: ...
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What is the plural of Thaï?

I've looked up the word Thaï in many dictionaries. It seems that its plural form may be "the Thaï", in the same way as "the French", or "the Thaïs" like "the Israelis." Which one is most used by ...
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Basic question about plural and possessive

I have multiple tables of different colors. What is the correct saying if I want to talk about the colors of all the tables ? The tables' colors. The table's colors. The tables colors. ...
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a problem five times

They had a problem on five different occasions. Was it necessarily the same problem? They had problems on five different occasions. Could they have had one problem on each occasion? Did ...
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“results' statistics” vs. “results statistics”

How should I write this. There are many results. we remove them them from our results' statistics vs. we remove them from our results statistics vs. we remove them from our result ...
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Since this is the first time this happened or Since this is the first time it happened

Not sure what to use between it or this in the following sentence: Since this is the first time this happened, I'll just be converting the data top-up before to your usual 1GB Data plan as a one-...
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One of these most intelligent students whose example (is/are) being

Please help me with One of these most intelligent students whose example (is/are) being followed (is/are) David. (question 42) I have checked its answer, but I still don't understand it. The ...
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What is the subject here?

I am confused about this sentence: do I use do or does? Will it depend on what the subject is? Which is the correct one? What do your best friend's parents do? What does your best friend'...
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was/were allocated

Should "was" or "were" be used in the following? One million dollars was/were allocated for disaster relief. Millions of dollars was/were allocated by the government. I'd appreciate your ...
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Punctuation preceding a proper noun

I was wondering what (if any) punctuation needs to precede a proper noun in the following sentence: The student John. That is, there is a student named John, and I am referring to them as a ...
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Indexed objects: Should it be “case 1 or 2” or “cases 1 or 2”?

When one refers to more than one indexed objects, should the leading noun (that is applied to every one of the objects) be singular or plural? For example, which is correct? Cases 1 or 2 Case 1 or 2 ...
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Hair grow or hair grows [duplicate]

Which form is correct: My hair grow slowly or My hair grows slowly
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Correct verb with there

Which of the following two sentences is correct? There is one primary station and multiple secondary stations. There are one primary station and multiple secondary stations. I think the first ...
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What bring(s) you here or Who know(s)?

Why do we add "s" in verb like bring and know even though we don't whether a subject is singular or plural?
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Sister's vs. Sisters'

Question regarding the use of apostrophe/ownership in the case of twins. Noun: The Night Sisters (who constitute a twin object). Sentence: Mary tended John throughout the Night Sisters passing. ...
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One of the students whose mobile _missing(is or are)

Usage of "one of" if a relative pronoun whose is used in the sentence what will be the verb? One of the students whose mobile (is/are) missing
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Is “staff” singular or plural?

In the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary there is an example for "get by": We can get by with four computers at the moment, but we'll need a couple more when the new staff arrive. (Emphasis ...
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Is it correct to use “the education of a nation's youth”?

In the following sentence, is it correct to use the phrase 'the education of a nation's youth'? is the word 'youth' singular or plural? The education of a nation's youth will shape its future.
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Singular/plural in parallel constructions

I am wondering if in a parallel construction we can use the singular along with the plural instead of using either the singular or the plural. I feel strongly that if you use the plural in a parallel ...
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Is it correct to say “the color” when describing a multi-colored object?

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 (much/many) (note/notes) did you take?

When referring to information students write down in classes/lectures, we normally use the plural form of 'note' - 'notes' tends to be used. But I am not sure whether 'notes' is countable/uncountable ...
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“Percentage of … Higher than that [of/in] …”

Which one is correct (using of or in): The percentage of tiny devices in the IPs dataset is higher than that of the top websites. Or The percentage of tiny devices in the IPs dataset is ...
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Using plural or singular after “both”

Suppose there are two phases, a water phase and an IL phase, you can use any other name too. We did some calculation between X and each of them. Which of the following is correct: Y was calculated ...
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the use of “one of the” for more than one subject

How do you say that John and Marie are "one of the representatives" of this company? Is it correct since you have John and Marie as both representatives?
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“With war come deaths” vs “With war comes deaths”

Which is the correct form of verb here? what is considered the subject in this case?
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When is “someone” singular and when is it plural?

In our textbook we have the correct answer to two separate questions. One reads "We have someone clean the house". The other one reads "Someone cleans the house". My teacher assures me that both of ...
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Can the word “thoughts” be used as singular?

I was watching BBC the other day and heard the news presenter Sally Bundock ask somebody "What's your thoughts on immigration?" I am confused as to how "thoughts" which until now I took as a plural ...
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a … quantity of + plural countable nouns

I learned that "a ... quantity of ..." is typically followed by uncountable nouns. I'd like to know whether there are restrictions on it when it is followed by plural nouns. For example: a large ...
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Two-step or two steps

Which sentence is correct? We process the data in two steps: First, .. Second, ... OR We process the data in two-step: First, .. Second, ...
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Should it be “the number of” or “the numbers of” when assigning n numbers to n groups?

I have 3 groups with 3 different number(s) of subjects in each one. Should I say The number/numbers of subjects in groups 1, 2, and 3 is/are x, y, and z, respectively. I presume that since I have ...
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“participants responses” or “participant responses” or “participants responses”

I have many participants, each will provide a response. Which of the following is the correct sentence to describe all the participants responses? We want to get the maximum number of: ...
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“a third” or “third”?

I have something similar to this sentence: However, more than third of the students that select math courses in the first term pass with higher grades. Which is correct: More than third Or ...

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