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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Can I say “there are 8 quantities of a pizza”? [closed]

I want to talk about each quantity of a pizza. 1 quantity = 1 slice of a pizza Can I say “there are 8 quantities of a pizza”? I asked because we usually say “there is a quantity of a pizza,” but I ...
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Why is a brain described as “having several parts”? [closed]

I wonder why a brain is described as “having several parts” even though a brain are not really divided into several parts. Is a brain just considered to be divided? I mean, does “parts of brain” mean ...
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One piece from a pizza and one piece from a cake

There are one piece from a pizza and one piece from a cake. Could it be called “there are two parts” without phrase “from different dishes of food”?
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All is well. So does all dogs bark? Or Do all dogs bark?

All is well. This is the accepted form in English grammar. Which one of the following form is correct by this convention: Does all dogs bark? Do all dogs bark?
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Which number to use in the sentence “The name/names of Adam and Eve are used by many parents to name their child/children”?

Child/children is in general, I don’t know the number of it. Maybe a pair of parents have only one child, maybe more. So should I use child or children? Adam has one name (Adam), Eve has one name (Eve)...
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“After users create an account” or “After users create accounts”

This has been bothering me for a long time and I don't know what the proper word to describe it is, so I just put the words in the title. The live sentence is something like this: After (a) user(s) ...
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Should “every” be in this sentence? [closed]

When there are 7 dogs, we don’t say there are 1 dog. Likewise, if every two dogs share a toy, is just saying “two dogs share a toy” a wrong expression?
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When a number precedes the word district, do you capitalize the number and the word district?

Sentence One: My father is chief in command of the Third District, and my only way of avoiding active service is to serve under him. Note: I noticed if it was District 3, or District following a ...
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“Between each”: illogical construction

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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Does ‘one’ mean ‘one team’ or ‘one family’ in ‘we are the one’?

Does ‘one’ mean ‘one team’ or ‘one family’ in ‘we are the one’, not ‘one thing/person’? The dictionary doesn’t say ‘one’ means ‘one group’ though. https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/pitbull/...
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What are the verb properties of sentences of this type?

"Click on the Open File button." This is a common type of sentence that's communicated in technical documentation. I'm trying to understand the five properties of the verb used in sentences ...
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Technically, is ‘two apple and banana’ grammatical?

There are an apple and a banana. Therefore, there are two kinds of fruit. In this case, is saying ‘there are two apple and banana’ technically fine? It's a great way to give back to these man and ...
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Subject pronoun of 'everyone' in tag question

The word everyone is a singular indefinite pronoun. But while tagging, why its subject pronoun is they which is plural? e.g. Everyone wants to live, don't they? Here, in the statement, the subject '...
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“Every” followed by plural

I’d like to know if it’s grammatically correct to use every in the following sentences: Every five steps forward are followed by ten steps back. Every few months of peace are followed by months of ...
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Years old vs. year old in a descriptive sentence [duplicate]

I need to describe that a product is suitable for specific ages. Which of the follwoing should I use? This product is suitable only for 7+ year old children This product is suitable only for 7+ years ...
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kids between x and z years old or year old

I am confused which one should I use? 10% of kids between 9 and 12 year old Or, 10% of kids between 9 and 12 years old
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Plural and singular in the parallel structure with OR

John, Anne, or Peter (is/are) going to do it. Giving your mother flowers or buying a card (is a great idea / are great ideas) for Mother's day gift. I am aware of the rule saying that two singular ...
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“We are giving away 5 pens each to 5 winners” - Each winner will receive how many pens?

English is not my native language. I saw a question on an English learning material and it is confusing to me. It says We are giving away 5 pens each to 5 winners. In the above sentence, how many ...
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Should I use “is” or “are” in the following “how many…” sentences?

Image A, B and C is having a conversation. There can be 4 scenes: A: Don't put too many balls in the box. B: How many is/are too many? A: Don't put too many balls in the box. B: How many balls is/...
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sentence correction with either … or

Either his parents or Pheroze is going to come today. The author of the book suggests as : Either Pheroze or his parents are going to come today. = OK We know with ( either \ or and neither\ nor )...
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Subject verb agreement when a plural becomes a singular

I always get a little confused when it comes to a plural that becomes a singular, as the example below. Which is correct? The health risks associated with smoking as an intake method, however, are ...
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Using article “the” for guests and neighbours

May I check which of the below sentences are correct? My nephew would become anxious when asked to introduce himself to THE guests and mingle with THE neighbors or My nephew would become anxious when ...
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Is this sentence correct? Is it correct to say 'is young women' instead of 'are young women'?

The new contract doesn't allow for extended maternity leave; therein lies the problem for the union, 60% of whose membership is young women. Is this sentence correct? Is it correct to say 'is young ...
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subject verb agreement II

Which of the sentence is correct? The fuel of which is petrol and gas The fuel of which are petrol and gas Should there be is or are?
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Is “any” singular or plural

If I see any merchandise out of place, I fix it. or should it be ...I fix them.
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How weird does this phrase sound to your native speaker ears?

I was watching the Eat Sleep Dream English You Tube channel and I noticed this: "The city's immigrants groups". I can think of lots of situations where the qualifying noun it's not in the ...
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Is it '55-minutes meeting' or '55-minute meeting'?

Which of the following two constructions is correct? a 55-minute meeting a 55-minutes meeting That is, should 'minute' be followed by 's'?
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Why is the verb “buys” used with a plural noun “dollars”?

I came across one sentence in the book: “$200 buys you 181 Swiss Francs”. Could you please explain why the verb takes -s if the noun is plural. And what is the meaning of the sentence?
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…furniture, books, “a laptop”, paintings, and lamps are flying across the room

Men's clothes, designer furniture, books, a laptop, paintings, and lamps are flying across the room. My question is if I can put a laptop among the things when I end the sentence with are? Does are ...
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When to use “tomato” and when to use “toma­toes”?

In my sci­en­tific ar­ti­cle manuscript, I used tomato to re­fer to the plant in gen­eral. But af­ter I sent the manuscript to the El­se­vier English Cor­rec­tion Ser­vice, they changed all tomato ...
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Do I use is or are in this example?

A third of U.S.'s population is immigrants. A third of U.S.'s population are immigrants. I heard that in the Britain it would be different than the US.
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Whether to choose “and” or “or”?

The maximum length of a file name is 12 characters. Incremental and date-and-time suffixes that are separated by # [which word to use here: and or or?] @ are not subject to this restriction and can ...
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Plural or singular: grammatical, not semantical

I heard that a plural and a singular are not related to semantics but to grammar. Then If I ate two pizzas, it doesn't matter whether I say 'I ate a pizza or I ate pizzas'?
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using 'how many' with a number and a noun

We can say: How many hundreds are there in a thousand? We can also say: How many years will it take? Do we say? How many thousands of years will it take? How many+ number + of+ Plural noun
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“is an equal number” vs “are equal numbers”

This sentence is correct: There is an equal number of girls and boys in the class (Oxford Dictionary) My question is: Can I use: "There are equal numbers of girls and boys in the class." ...
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“to provide much details” vs “to provide many details”

Which one is correct? The guide doesn't provide much details. The guide doesn't provide many details.
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Should the head noun be plural or singular in “the development(s) of these theories”

What number should the head noun have in a noun phrase complemented by an of-phrase, where the NP complement of of is headed by a plural noun? Examples: the development(s) of these theories the front ...
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She work(s) at the same place as you?

Person 1: ...and we also work at the same place. Person 2: She work(s) at the same place as you? Person 1: Yes. Should the "s" be included or not?
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Should we use singular or plural after questions asking “Which among the following …”?

Should I use singular or plural after a question starting with Which among the following? For example, should it be version #1 or version #2 below? Which among the following statements are ...? ...
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“There is/are one teacher, one student and two players in the boat.”

If the subject is plural we use 'are', and if it is singular we use 'is'. There is a pen on the table. There are two pens on the table. What about when there are multiple parts? As in: one teacher, ...
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has / have been appropriated?

I was told that sums of money take a singular verb. What about the following sentence? Which auxiliary verb should be used? Eight million dollars have/has been appropriated for research into this ...
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Give a simple answer: Which is correct: Was the pasta cooking or Were the pasta cooking?

Give me a simple answer please: Is it Was the pasta cooking or Were the pasta cooking? Which is correct because I had a debate with my teacher over it. (I'm from Europe)
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What is the correct Object Pronoun to complete the sentence “I don't play soccer and volleyball because I don't like ____”

What's the correct object pronoun to complete the following sentence, "it" or "them"? "I don't play soccer and volleyball because I don't like _____." Edit: Do I use the ...
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If A and B are in the same ship

If A and B are in the same ship and it has been mentioned, and they are boys, can I just say 'he is in a ship'? Or should I say 'they are in a ship'? For example if two people are in a ship, 'one ...
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“are not a part of <plural noun>”

I have a manual with a lot of examples, some examples have comments inside them, like so: Don't use Abc for Xyz. [comment] This is because <...>. There is a warning in the very beginning of ...
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Why do speakers usually omit 'in total'?

If there are six apples in total, if 'in total' is omitted, it can mislead listeners. For example, if I just say there are six apples, listeners can think there are seven or more apples in total. Is ...
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plural subject vs singular subject

Each student has a dedicated tutor. Students have a dedicated tutor. Do the two sentences have the same meaning? Does the second sentence mean all students have only one tutor?
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my tongue and my throat hurts or hurt?

According to subject-verb agreement rules, compound subjects with words joined by "and" take a singular verb if all the parts represent a single unit as in: Macaroni and cheese is my ...
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Can I use “(a) little” with countable nouns?

I learned that "a few/few" are used with countable nouns, and "a little/little" go with uncountable nouns, as in "I have little hope/patience etc." With little more than ...
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ESL TEACHER: I have a question re plural forms

I teach online and was faced with this question today and it really bothered me but I want to see what everyone's opinion was. Which one is correct: The price of the school supplies is going up this ...

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