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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Adverb of frequency and singular noun

I ate apple A for breakfast. I ate apple B for lunch. I ate apple C for dinner. I heard that “I ate an apple three times” means “I ate the same apple three times.” Then should I say “I ate (three) ...
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plural or singular noun

My sentence is: The article presents a comprehensive study of Polish literature of the Positivist and Young Poland period. Is this sentence correct? When listing two periods together, should I use '...
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Is it possible to use ‘ten from one’ instead of ‘one to ten’?

There are one to ten people in the park. Can I express it as ‘there are ten from one person in the park.’ There are many similar expressions such as ‘more than one,’ ‘less than one,’ ‘one in ten’ and ‘...
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Questions about singular/plural when explaining two things in one sentence

Consider the following two sentences. In [10], an algorithm to find a trajectory of a UAV effective in estimating the channel models for a target area has been proposed. In [11], an algorithm to find ...
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Printing DVD and CD inserts is / are quick and simple

Printing DVD/CD Inserts Is Quick And Simple With Our User-Friendly Online Ordering System. or Printing DVD/CD Inserts are Quick And Simple With Our User-Friendly Online Ordering System. I assume ...
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Singular or plural after "by"

Question: They are categorized/grouped by the generation mechanism or mechanisms? I am not sure which one should be used after "by", singular or plural? Intuitively, I would use the plural ...
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grammatical number agreement

You can turn men into a serial killer by brainwashing them. I use them and men and then use a serial killer, which is singular. Is this allowed in English or not?
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Half of adults are tall in the situation where there are an odd number of the adults

There are seven adults, and half of them are tall. Then, it doesn’t make sense, or three and a half are tall? But apart from the context, if we consider them as a group, not individually, can half of ...
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“Two half apples” and “half two apples”

“Two half apples” means “two halves of apples.” “Half two apples” means “half of apples (=one apple).” Is it correct?
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“Half of hamburgers are eaten.”

“Half of hamburgers are eaten.” If there are no restricting modifiers in front of “hamburgers,” does “hamburgers” mean all hamburgers? For example, there are 100 hamburgers in reality. If I just say ...
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"Three" most popular

Most - greatest in amount, quantity, or degree. Three most popular brands ... ... Three most popular classes ... ... We often search for N most popular but is it standard English to add counts ...
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Can this be described as “there are three sets”?

Can this be described as “there are three sets”? Set A Set B Set AnB (intersection of A and B)
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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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"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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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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"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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