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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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1 device that consists of 10 devices

Computer: a programmable usually electronic device that can store, retrieve, and process data I see ‘computer’ is not defined as a set of devices, but just a device. If 1 device consists of 10 devices,...
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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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singular nouns after a plural possessive form

This is perhaps a bit of a strange question, but it's bugging me no end. I know that it is acceptable to use both a singular and a plural noun after a plural possessive, e.g. "..this influences ...
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“legal protection” vs “legal protections”

The following is an example from the Cambridge dictionary: The proposed law is intended to provide legal protections for farm workers. What would be the difference between "protection" and ...
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Use case for the plural of aria

I am presently trying to learn the difference between arias and arie. Both are listed as being the plural form of aria. I can provide the following as an example sentence: "A gifted rendition of ...
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Uncountable Nouns vs. Plural Nouns

Meals are a time for human connection. Meals are a time for human connections. What’s the difference between these two sentences? To me both seem to have the same meaning, and I am unable to figure ...
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How to pronounce “-ers” ending words (r-colored vowel)

I searched through some phonology books and the Internet more than two hours to find out the answer about "-ers" ending pronunciation. As I know, the suffix "-s" is pronounced as &...
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Plural form of “walk-in”

I looked up the definition of "walk-in" as a noun in Merriam-Webster dictionary, walk-in (noun) a walk-in refrigerator or cold storage room an easy election victory a person who walks in ...
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Singular vs. plural in the term “works” for an industrial facility

The term works is used for industrial facilities, like ironworks and steelworks. Despite the -s suffix, I've seen it used as a singular form. I don't think there is distinct word for the plural form. ...
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'Apples, red in two of them and brown in one of them, are rotten'

If apple A and B are red and apple C is brown and they are rotten, then does 'apples, red in two of them and brown in one of them, are rotten' make sense? I mean two red apples and one brown apple are ...
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Is visas a plural of a plural?

Visa, like many other neutral gender Latin words with a singular ending in -um, is the plural form of visum. Visas is thus the plural form of the plural form, comparable to mouse - mice - ‘mices’ or ...
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When to pronounce plural suffix “-es” as “-ees”?

In physics, I frequently come across "vertices" and "matrices" as well as "processes" (as the plural of "process") and "gases". In what the two groups ...
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What is the difference between at the age of and at the ages of?

What is the difference between at the age of and at the ages of? singular noun and plural noun? Please tell me the difference.
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is it deliver positive influence on “consumers' life” or “consumers' lives”?

So my writing has "to facilitate the clients’ businesses and deliver a positive influence on consumers’ life." Should it be consumers' lives or consumers' life? Is there a difference in the ...
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None of them “has” or “have” [duplicate]

Is "none" singular or plural? I understand it to mean no one which is obviously singular. But I have seen sentences like: None of them have seen it which equals: No one of them have seen ...
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What is the difference between “percent” and “percentages”?

I don't know what the difference between "percent" and "percentage" is. Do they mean two different things and do they have different uses? I would like to know what kind of ...
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About a strange plural usage

A dictionary defines 'noun phrase' as: "A phrase formed by a noun and all its modifiers and determiners." But some noun phrase has no modifiers, and some noun phrase has a modifier, not ...
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Why is 00 called 'double zero,' not 'double zeros'

Shouldn't 'double zero' be 'double zeros'? For example, we say 'double doors,' not 'double door.'
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plural verb with singular noun

I know that with certain expressions for example: I know that 50 pounds isn't a lot. we should use a singular verb with a plural noun. But can I do that with this sentence? All I got for Christmas ...
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Why are there three pronunciations for the plural “-s”?

I know all the pronunciation rules for the plural -s endings. After a voiced sound, it is z, after an unvoiced one it is s, after s, sh, ch it is iz. In phonetic notation, respectively, /z/, /s/, /ɪz/....
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Comics is or are

If I have a plural noun like "comics" or "cartoons" should it be: "Comics are an art form" or "Comics is an art form", "Comics are art" or "...
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a plural can be used when I don't know how many?

I need cars Can it mean I need one car as in 'I need some cars' or 'I need a car' if I don't know how many cars I need? Ex. 'The predicate consists of the verb and its complements and also most ...
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If A has a ball and B has a ball

If A has one ball and B has one ball, isn't just a sentence 'we have two balls' appropriate to combine two situations? I heard of saying 'we are the one,' not 'we are the ones, so I'm confused.
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Ambiguity of a meaning of a plural

Can something a plural describes be treated in two ways like collective nouns? Cars are half disappeared. A group of cars are half disappeared. (individually) A group of cars is half disappeared. (...
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A plural and a definite article in relationship

If pens is mentioned already and one of them is broken, which shoud I say, A pen is broken or The pen is broken?
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Is it allowed to omit apostrophes after `s`?

In this question meaning of the s' explained, but what if I'll say my childrens toys (several kids), i.e. with no ' after s ?
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Word to combine brother-in-law and sister-in-law?

Imagine the following scenario: Ronald and Alana are a couple. Jono and Daisy are a couple. Jono is Alana's brother. What would be the correct way to say the following phrase? We are Ronald and Alana,...
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Which one of these are correct? Usage of plural

Please help me clear my confusion regarding the following sentences and correct me if i am wrong. My proficiency level(s) of both the english language and the French language (are/is) about the same. ...
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“We are the citizens of the US” vs. “We are citizens of the US”

We are citizens of the US. We are the citizens of the US. I mostly use #2 when I use sentences like this. According to me, #2 suggests that we are talking about a specific group of citizens that is ...
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“As follows” vs “as follow”

When we want to write something (often lists or points), we say: the main points are as follows: Abc Def Ghi "Points" is plural but we still write "follows". Why is it not "...

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