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Which is correct "One of my friend" or "One of my friends" [duplicate]

I am confused in the two statements One of my friend or One of my friends The second seems logically correct to me as we are talking about one of the people from a group of people so that group should ...
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Most college vs Most colleges

Most college provide services designed to help students. Most colleges provide services designed to help students. I think that 2 is correct. Grammarly also indicates that 2 is correct. However, ...
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"There's," is only for singular subjects [closed]

"There's," seems a lazy way of saying, "There're," when the object is plural. In recent times, two words, February and instrument, have kept their spelling, but newly are allowed ...
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Is there any difference between "all students", "all the students" and "all of the students"?

All students in the school participated in the meeting. All the students in the school participated in the meeting. All of the students in the school participated in the meeting. Are they all ...
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What is the plural of “café au lait“?

According to Google Ngrams "café au laits" is more common. On Google Books, however, cafés au lait is quite common. Which plural form is more common? (Especially in the US?)
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Correct name: card-parser or cards-parser

There is a program that parses site pages with information about cards (there are many of them on the page). The program can be called card-parser or cards-parser. Which option is preferred and why? I ...
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Singular or Plural for people? Which is more appropriate in an instruction manual at work

I need to write an instruction manual in English at work. My problem is that I do not know if I should use a singular or plural noun. Let me give you an example. Employees , who are unable to work ...
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When to use "the" before plural nouns?

When are we allowed to use the definite article "the" before plural nouns? Is it true that when we talk generally, we don't use "the" before plural nouns, for example: Americans ...
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To correctly express a property of something

I made several sentences related to the usage of the preposition of and articles. Please confirm if these are natural or at least correct: Articles Color is ([empty] / a / the) property of matter. It ...
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Plural of “reason”

Reason: the cause of an event or situation or something that provides an excuse or explanation (From the Cambridge) A doesn’t provide an excuse or explanation for C. B doesn’t provide an excuse or ...
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"my best pair of pyjamas' / "my best pyjamas"

I can’t find my best pair of pyjamas/pajamas. I can’t find my best pyjamas/pajamas. Am I right despite the fact that more correctly to use the first version, the second version is more common in that ...
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using plural in prepositional phrase

what is the best way to use the plural in the below setance? studies were grouped according to the types and components of interventions or studies were grouped according to the type and components of ...
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Why is plural form of mouse are mice, but house's plural form is houses?

I don't understand these... why? Why does it make difference when original form is almost same? (there's only just one letter difference, House and Mouse) And I learned that computer's mouse's plural ...
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How do you indicate plural with abbreviations in lowercase?

If I want to make a lowercase abbreviation plural, how do I do it? I've found loads and loads of information about how to pluralise acronyms, written in uppercase, but nothing about lowercase ...
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What is the plural form of the letter A, as in the grade or mark, not the indefinite article?

This is a line from the tutoring job on my resume. Helped raise 12 students’ grades from Cs and low Bs to high Bs and A’s in multiple classes across different semesters. Is the plural form for A ...
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When to use plural and singular forms in the consequence of words [closed]

For example, I have figures. What's the right form to speak about their colors? Figures colors (I assume it means that I have multiple figures and each of them has a different color) Figure colors (I ...
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Should it be "In chapters 1 or 2" or "In chapter 1 or 2"?

Consider the following example: In chapters 1 and 2, the author discusses X In this example, chapter needs to be pluralized for the sentence to be grammatically correct, right? But what if and is ...
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Using "is" in this question with plural noun?

Can someone explain why we use "is" in this question: What is going to happen to global temperatures in the next 50 years? Is it because we are collectively thinking about temperatures as ...
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What's the difference between the singular and plural form of "affection"

This OALD page suggests that affection has two, but very close, meaning based on the plural form: affection: the feeling of liking or loving somebody/something very much and caring about them ...
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Grammar name/term for plural nouns when speaking in a general sense

I was taught to use plurals when speaking of things in a general sense, but this is not helpful to non-native English speakers. I cannot remember the term for the rule; I think it is the zero article. ...
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Is it natural to use the plural form of tea?

According to Oxford Dictionary, tea is uncountable. However, there's a countable form i.e. a cup of tea. Is it natural to leave out a cup of and just say two teas please, for example? I saw a sentence ...
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If “a group was hit as a group,” doesn’t it matter how many members were hit?

A team, which consists of A, B and C, fought with a dragon, but the dragon shot a fire ball to the team, so the team was damaged by the dragon as a group. In this case that the team was damaged as a ...
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“People have their cars”: In what way are people treated?

Picture 1: People are treated individually? Picture 2: People are treated collectively. Picture 3: People are treated individually? To be specific, what’s the difference between “people each have ...
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Plural collective noun

Context: There are two families. Family X have a car each, and Family Y also have a car each. Can “two families have a car each” mean “A, B, C and D have a car each”? I mean, families are regarded ...
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Plural noun and collective noun regarded collectively

A has one pencil, B has one pencil, and C has no pencil. Can I describe it as “three people have two pencils.” “A group of three people has two pencils.”
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Plural and singular nouns: do "A cat is an animal" and "Cats are animals" mean the same thing?

A cat is an animal. Cats are animals. Do the two sentences mean exactly the same thing? If not, what are the differences and how do you use them?
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Syllable stress of plural form of begonias

I am currently studying syllable stress. When I look at the word begonia we can split it into 3 syllables with the stress on 'go'. E.g bih-gohn-yuh. However, the plural form of the word gives me 4 ...
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Does a plural countable noun mean there are many?

Does a plural countable noun mean there are many? Example 1: Helping old people cross the street is satisfying. Does Example 1 mean helping more than one old person at a time? Or Does Example 1 mean ...
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Using 's' at the end of plural form, when the name is formed of two nouns

For example lets consider the name 'file system'. It consists of 2 nouns. Now, lets assume I want to use it in plural form. Which one of the following sentences is correct? I have 5 file systems ...
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Pronunciation of "A+'s" (plural of "A+")

Should the pronunciation of the plural "A+'s" be read out "aes plus(es)" ?
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Usage of plural “layers”

Can “layers” be used as in “there are two layers of liquid” although two layers are totally the same? Ex) Atmosphere consists of 4 layers because 4 layers are totally the same except temperatures. ...
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“colorful flowers” or “a colorful bundle of flowers”

I have a bundle of a red flower, blue flower, green flower, and purple flower. Are “colorful flowers” and “a colorful bundle of flowers” both acceptable?
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'Some' is a mandatory word? [duplicate]

The well-known book English Grammar in Use [for intermediate] p.143 give this exercise choice: I went to the library and borrowed books/some books. The book answer (some books): I went to the ...
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The use of definite article before plural nouns

Is the use of THE justified in this sentence ? "The farmers are going to begin their agitation tomorrow.".
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Why the word “a” can be used here?

Fairtrade coffee sales ranged from 0.8-3 million euros over a 6-year period in these five countries, whereas banana sales also mostly clustered between 0.6 and 2 million euros, with Switzerland the ...
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Do I have the option of adding or not adding an 's' to the word administration when it is already plural? [closed]

Question: about ‘administration’ since it is singular and plural. Since the word is already plural, do I have the option of writing the last word as ‘administration’ or ‘administrations’ Sentence One: ...
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Genitive plural opinions! Which is correct: Tomorrow the sister of a university friend of Clare and John is getting married. Or of Clare's and John's? [duplicate]

Native speaker here confused about genitive case. Genitive plural opinions! Which is correct: Tomorrow the sister of a university friend of Clare and John is getting married Tomorrow the sister of a ...
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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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When to use singular or plural for countable words?

Main point is regarding the last sentence about the avocado. Here is an example: "A long time ago sushi was not popular to Westerners because they did not like to eat raw fish. Alternatively, ...
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Plural noun with signgular adjectives

Suppose I have one green hat and one blue hat. How should I describe them? Each of the following sounds flawed to me. A green and a blue hats. This doesn't sound grammatical. A green hat and a blue ...
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Plural of Hercules

I was reading a question in aviation.se and there were multiple planes. There were several planes with the designation of P-3 Orion, so it was worded Orions. There were several planes with the ...
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Pronoun for second person plural

Say that I'm writing a mail to a single person in their quality of being a member of a well defined group (e.g., a student and their class) and I want to refer to something the group has/has not done, ...
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I want to mention a singular platform but imply impact of plural things. Can I use this in the sentence?

Platforms like this are very helpful. Or should I have to use "these"?
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Is the possessive of a name that ends in 's' pronounced differently if it refers to a group of people (like a band) instead of a single person? [duplicate]

How do you think names that have the plural "s" should be pronounced when they get the apostrophe? I researched this on the web and I couldn't find any very reliable results. For example, ...
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"Jewelry By Jan" or "Jewelries By Jan", the correct brand name considering they design more than one type of jewelry?

considering that the person designs more than one type of jewelry, is the brand name "Jewelry By Jan" grammatically correct? Or it has to be "Jewelries By Jan" instead? Thanks.
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Can candlelight be in plural contrarily to light?

Can candlelight be in plural contrarily to light? I am wondering if candlelight can be plural when there is many candles contrarily to light, which is an uncountable word. What's the consensus on this?...
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Making a plural with singulars

There’s one son of one mother and there’s the other son of the other mother. Is there are two sons valid?
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Is it correct to combine a singular and plural form of a word this way?

I have a question. Is it correct to combine a singular and plural form of a word this way? For this purpose, the Manager should agree with the security officers (a) codeword(s). My problem is that ...
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Is the sentence right in terms of grammar?

Fast food or processed foods at convenience stores, for example, causes harm to the development of adolescents due to its high-fat levels. Is this sentence grammatically correct ? The verb causes ...
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When to use plural?

I’ve been learning English for years but still am confused about when to use plural... I found this sentence in an article: “Force yourself to make hard decisions and delete any task that does not ...
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