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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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

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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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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Article- general sentences

Here are some sentences about someone's routine: 1) I go to a cafe twice a week. 2) I go to a restaurant three times a week 3) I read a book four times a week. Should he/she use "plural"...
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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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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?