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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 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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The plurals' thing or plurals' things

In my sentence, I have a plural of devices. Each device has to select a version. So when I want to write about all the devices, is it: The devices' selected version OR The devices' selected ...
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number of noun after no

It is important to note that no legal systems have restricted men from touching household chores nor compelled women to do so. It is important to note that no legal system has restricted men from ...
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Is it correct to use two adjectives before the phrase “as always”?

I put the caption "Outspoken and candid as always" on a video I posted for Riz Ahmad in the Trevor Noah show. But I'm not sure if it sounds correct because I have always heard sentences where it's ...
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Number(s) of + . . . OR . . . + number(s)?

Are they equivalent? The line graph shows average numbers of patients using public hospitals every month, from 1990 to 2000. The line graph shows average patient numbers at public hospitals ...
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Is it ok to say: Peter and John “agree”?

If I say Peter "agrees", I think that the verb agrees must have the "s" at the end because Peter is a third person. On the other hand, if I say Peter and John "agrees", it is wrong, because there are ...
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How do you refer to plural nouns?

I'm wondering how I can refer to a plural noun in the following sentence. I lost my glasses. I need to get one. (Talking about a single pair of glasses) Since "glasses" is plural, I assume one ...
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How do we say the name of a people plurally?

I am writing an essay and I came across an event to describe in which I have to name the whole population of Spain doing something. Do I say"the Spanishes" or "the Spanish"?
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whose singular or plural

I’ve just read this sentence; „The one whose photos gets picked should quit“. but I don’t understand, why the verb is in the singular, altough it refers to „photos“.
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grammatical number: no + plural or singular nouns?

I'm considering whether to use singular or plural nouns in the following: John has no wife / wives. John has no child / children. There is no winner or loser in life. There are no winners ...
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“that is men” vs. “those are men”

Is it correct to say, "that is men"? In the case of referring to their nature or similar characteristics. Someone argued with me that it is actually wrong. Saying you can only say, "those are men". ...
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Singular-plural confusion, need clarification

I've just read this and thought it sounds a bit weird: "There was no significant difference in the rates of sepsis, shock, surgical wound infection...in dementia patients compared with non-dementia ...
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is 'there wasn't much to be changed' correct?

I've finished editing some files and I was about to write a little side note to my friend that went there wasn't much to be changed That sentence popped into my head automatically, but then I ...
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number - All of these words … are / is to express?

Should the plural are or singular is be used in the following? All of these words in me are / is to express how much I love you. I think only are works, but I saw an ad that used is in this ...
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Sunday being third person singular?

I just saw this thread and got completely confused. What is the "s" at the end of some words and where does it go when talking about multiples? Since the subject remains Sunday, the verb ...
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What is the “s” at the end of some words and where does it go when talking about multiples?

I just recently wrote a sentence to a client, then had to correct the sentence and wondered about one of the words. I wrote the sentence: Any Sunday in September works Then I realized I could ...
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“Gorillas have often been portrayed as a fearful animal”

Is the following sentence natural? Gorillas have often been portrayed as a fearful animal, but in truth these shy apes rarely fight over sex, food, or territory. The subject Gorillas is plural, ...
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“With Maria we/I solved the problems”

Assume the following: There were problems and Maria and I solved them together. The most straight forward way of telling someone about what happened would be something like: Maria and I solved the ...
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how to the plural two nouns?

How do a plural two nouns that are separated by an "and"? Do I plural both words? example: I import coffees and teas. OR: I import coffee and teas. please advise.
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Can I use the verb do with Nobody?

My friend told us in a group conversation that "Don't take me wrong guys". While replying to this, is the use of the sentence "Nobody do" is correct in this reference? I know that "Nobody" is an ...
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Mysterious usage of articles and singular/plural

To the best of my knowledge, I believe the following four sentences are all grammatically correct, but why four different expressions for "dog"? 1. I like dogs; 2. Dog is a kind of animal; 3. The dog ...
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“Heavy rains has” “Today's news are”

I just found these questions in a test on the internet: 'Heavy rains has caused flooding in several parts of the south west.' Is this sentence right or wrong? Also: 2) 'Today's news are all ...
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The police or police [duplicate]

He must have called the police. OR He must have called police. I think we use the first one when we know about a specific group of police officers which we have called and the second one, when, ...
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What is “marbles” in plural?

Taj Mahal is built using marbles I heard that Material noun is always use in singular form
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“Hundreds of millions of dollars” VS “Hundreds of millions dollars”

Are both "Hundreds of millions of dollars" VS "Hundreds of millions dollars" grammatically and semantically correct/identical?
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Has or have usage with this particular sentence [duplicate]

If any of Canadian publishers already have/has the rights for this book? Which one is correct or both are possible?
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Combining “one” and “they”: When one learns, they have to

Is it possible to use "one" and "they" in a single sentence like this: When one learns a language, they have to learn about the culture as well. even though each of this pronoun uses a different ...
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This Waters or These Waters?

Suppose, I have to say watching a part of a river to somebody: Hey! Don't swim there. That waters must be deep. So, which one will be correct: that waters/those waters? Thank you.
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Are human beings getting smarter?

Are human beings getting smarter? The title above is weird for me. in my opinion the correct is Are human getting smarter?
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One in 25 people

Which of the following is standard usage? One in 25 people are sociopaths. One in 25 people is a sociopath. As many as one in 25 people are sociopaths. As many as one in 25 people is a sociopath. ...
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scope of work and supply list

when introducing a list of included / not included items in a scope of work, would you say "in our scope of work are/are not included"...or "in our scope is/is not included"... consider lists always ...
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Where to add plural 's' in two connected words

I want to refer to many clients misconfiguration. I am not sure whether the s should be in the client or int he misconfiguration. clients misconfiguration OR client misconfigurations OR ...
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“increases” noun form pronunciation

If it's pluralized (increases), should the stress still be on the first syllable? [IN-krees] [IN-krees- es]
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Which is correct: “building 1 and 2” or “buildings 1 and 2”?

Suppose there are two buildings, numbered 1 and 2. Which of the following is correct? Residents in building 1 and 2 ... Residents in buildings 1 and 2 ... And how about Building 1 and 2 are ... ...
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“The white and the black dogs” or “the white and the black dog”

Suppose that there are two dogs. One is white and the other is black. Which one is grammatically correct? the white and the black dogs or the white and the black dog Should I use singular ...
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How do we address our hair - it or them?

So i was talking to a friend and had to mention that this is the first time I have let my hair grow so long and going to cut them/it in summer. What is the correct(grammatically) way to describe the ...
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a small percentage of

I am wondering whether "was" or "Were" should be used in the following: A small percentage of the revenues was / were donated to charity. But a dictionary has the following example: A high ...
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Which sentence is correct? (the, or no the)

Which sentence is grammatically correct of the two below? Or are both ok? This one is a classic course provided by us, with Ashtanga yoga as focal exercise. This one is a classic course ...
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Equivalent to “We both” for three (or more) people

How do you say something equivalent to "we both" in English when there are three of us? "We both are Spanish" >> "We three are Spanish"?
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Do I use “I” or “We” when I am in a group of otherwise unconnected people?

Is it correct to say "I landed at the airport," instead of "We landed at the airport"? There are many people on a plane, and unless you're a pilot and the only one on a plane, then isn't it more ...
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Plural with conjunction

Which is correct use with 'and' New and used tires sales and services. Or New and used tire sales and services. I want to know whether the tire is singular or plural in above sentences.
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Change of number with addition of “seems to” e.g. “this MEANS” vs. “this seems to MEAN”

The "number" (not sure what the appropriate term is; plurality?) of the verb matches the subject, so we say This means. or These mean. But why does the former change to singular when you add "seems ...
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Should it be “it's our birthday today” or “it's our birthdays today”

If two people were born on the same day, does one say to the other "it's our birthday today" or "it's our birthdays today"? If they were born on different days, does one say to the other "we should ...
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“Four types of gases” or “four type of gases”?

Shall we use type or types after a number. For example: 'four types of gases' or 'four type of gases'. Which of these is correct?
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What is the best way to express “clothes” regarded as a single starting with “This is”?

Look at this sentence: This is my beautiful clothes. I think it is grammatically incorrect because "clothes" is always plural. I know "these are my beautiful clothes." is grammatically perfect. But ...