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Questions tagged [plural-forms]

For questions which a dictionary cannot answer about the plural form(s) of a word.

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the Chester Beckers in The Great Gatsby

In The Great Gatsby, I read the following line: From East Egg, then, came the Chester Beckers and the Leeches, and a man named Bunsen, whom I knew at Yale, and Doctor Webster Civet, who was drowned ...
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Write '-(e)s' in italic or not?

When using certain abbreviations in italic, should '-(e)s' representing plural form written in italic? For example, We call a mobile node that senses the surrounding information MN. Blah, ...
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There is a lot of text

I was in an interview and answering an online test. The teacher asked me how I was doing. I said to him that 'there is a lot of text but it's ok.' Is the phrase "there is a lot of text" correct is ...
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Plural of waste

I read somewhere (can't remember where, sorry) that depending on context, the plural of waste could either be waste or wastes. In what context would one use wastes? For some reason, I always use waste,...
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Usage of “they/them” with objects

Is it correct to use "they/them" when it's not about people? For example: I dropped all the books; they lay on the floor.
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Why do underpants, knickers have to go with the ‘s’?

I’ve learned that pants, jeans, shoes, glass are always in plural form because they consist of 2 parts. For example, jeans and pants have 2 pant legs. So why are underpants and knickers always in ...
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one or more [plural or singular]?

Should I use singular or plural after one or more? Example: One or more [signal/signals]
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Distributive Singular/Plural

Which one of the below sentences is correct? Celebrities often face troubles maintaining the privacy of their lifestyles. Celebrities often face troubles maintaining the privacy of their ...
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Do we use Sunday's or Sundays

Which sentence is correct? If only all Sunday's were so smooth. vs If only all Sundays were so smooth
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The gains vs amount of time required is not worth it

Why should I say The gains vs amount of time required are not worth it and not The gains vs amount of time required is not worth it ?
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correct usage has or have?

As discussed yesterday, this numbers have to increase.. In the above sentence, Is it correct to use have instead of has. Numbers are always described as singular. In this sentence have is used and ...
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Plural of school subject

What is the plural of "school subject"? Is "school subject" also common in American English?
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“with an estimated 311,000 deaths..”. why use “an”

I can not explain why "an" is used in the phrase "with an estimated 311,000 deaths". The word “deaths” is plural... but why add "an" in the sentence? The full sentence is below: With an estimated ...
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Generic nouns plural/singular: Difficulties for ESL speakers

I work in Montreal, Canada with a great group of first-language French speakers, who are nevertheless very articulate in English. However what thing that comes up, again and again, is the pluralizing ...
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usages of singular and plural nouns

When I was learning English, I came across the sentence below. A typhoon is a tropical cyclone. This usage of the singular noun doesn't fit me because there are no necessities to use singular or ...
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choosing is vs are

When using listing something using "and" it's almost always going to require are, but I was wondering if this sentence is correct. "Money and fame is not the answer." I question it since I feel like ...
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She's someone's sister vs. She's someones' sister

I recently found on a website a picture from a gathering. An individual had a sign saying She's someone's sister. As a non-native English speaker, I'm wondering why isn't She's someones' sister the ...
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Is pronoun it really singular? Google transla

Hi, I've used Google translator to translate a bunch of positive and negative sentences from Ukrainian, where the subjects of the clauses are plural. And I am really confused about, is it singular ...
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How to use “a part of”, “part of” and “parts of”?

Let's say I have five reasons for something. If I would like to say one of five reasons, should I use A part of the reasons or Part of the reasons If I would like to say more than one reason, ...
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What's the plural of “panicky”? [closed]

I read that panicky refers to a person who panics. What's the plural of that?
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Plural weekday names in a series

Can I write, "Classes will be held Monday, Friday and Saturdays." when I am referring to a recurring weekly event for each day?
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“position in many markets” VS “positions in many markets”

It broadens GE’s offering and strengthens the position of GE in attractive market segments. 2.It broadens GE’s offering and strengthens the positions of GE in attractive market segments. ...
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What makes such differences in English plural forms of nouns?

In this picture there are three groups of English plural forms: Some examples from this picture include: singular - plural singular - plural singular - plural book - books ...
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How do I refer to literature in a plural sense?

I know this is similar to another question, but I cannot work from its answer to whether my own sentence is valid. Is the following sentence correct? As this tool is used in many well-cited ...
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Pluralising foreign words

I am writing a novel whose background is a foreign country. Some people say that I should not pluralise foreign words, but in my case it becomes quite difficult to grab the whole meaning of a sentence ...
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What is the plural form of the word “coursework”?

I wonder what is the plural form of the word “coursework”? Courseworks seem to be incorrect.
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Plural or singular in these sentences

Consider the following sentences: Prisons are the best options for serial killers Prisons are the best option for serial killers Prisons are a necessary evil Prisons are necessary evils Are all ...
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Is “other” singular and “others” plural?

I was asked this question today, but I am unsure how to answer that. Why is “These others books.” incorrect but "This other book." is correct? I thought other is singular and others is ...
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Plural form of macrame?

Is "macrames" a correct plural form of "macrame" in English? I am seeing "macrame" being used in various places, but if I want to give two items to my friend, am I giving them "two macrame" or "two ...
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Difference between students' vs students

I'm having difficulty understanding when to use students' vs students. I know you use students' when you're talking about more than one student. For example: "The students' homeworks were marked". ...
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“How much are those jeans?” “which one/ones?”

The question How much are those jeans? Does it mean how much are those pairs of jeans? or how much is this pair of jeans? or possibly both? And when someone flatters me: I like your jeans ...
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Use of singular/plural form in “their husband's pyres”

Raja Rammohan Roy was greatly pained when he heard the cries of widows being burnt on their husband's pyres. Raja Rammohan Roy was greatly pained when he heard the cries of widows being burnt on their ...
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How do you pronounce the plural of 'f" (f's)? Is it /efs/ or /evz/?

How do you pronounce the plural of 'f" (f's)? Is it /efs/ or /evz/? Are there any fixed rules?
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Plural of dialogue/statements?

What would the correct grammar be for making statements plural? Such as They showered her in "I'll miss you's."
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“A 10 hour course” - Why not “hours” [duplicate]

I came across this example written by a native English teacher: "The student followed a 10 hour English course." I was curious to know if "hours" would also be valid here, and if there's a nuance etc....
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Combine singular and plural form of 'party'

Recently I came across following sentence on a form at a client's intranet: Enter the domain name(s) of the external party(s) you want to share with. Except for the fact that the sentence doesn't ...
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Using an indefinite article with a word in the plural: “She was found in a woods”

Could you please explain to me why we can use the indefinite article with plural words in the case with woods? I'm puzzled because I have come across this in The Times. She was found in a woods ...
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use of singular/plural verb in case of linked subjects

Look at this example below In the game of life, it is the confidence and positive attitude that help/helps children sail through with ease. I know that in case of inseparable or interlinked ...
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Why is “bird” singular in this case?

everyone. I'm revising English and I've come across one thing I can't understand. In my grammar book (English Grammar in Use) there are examples of nouns that can be singular or plural. The thing is ...
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Singular or plural (ensures)?

In this quote, should it be ensure or ensures? Comprehensive experience in all aspects of entertainment and media law in combination with exceptional people and project management skills ensures ...
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What is the correct use of a plural term and 'alignment'

While writing a technical document; me and my colleague argued over the correct pluralisation within a sentence using the term 'alignment'. The original was: "The address must have 16 byte ...
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The indefinite article with an amount modified by an adjective: “It cost a mere 20 dollars.”

I am confused about using “mere” to show something is not large. Based on samples in the Cambridge dictionary: The plane crashed mere minutes after take-off. So other samples: It cost a mere 20 ...
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Which is correct, “lines of sight” or “line of sights” when referring to one observer to many object?

Which is correct? lines of sight line of sights When referring to one observer to many object? I understand it would be "line of sight" when referring to a single path.
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Will it be incorrect if I pluralize 'mouse' to 'mouses' when it's of a computer?

We all know that mouse is mice when pluralized. But I wanted to instruct my fellow mate to replace mouses as they weren't working. The mouse there is of a computer. I think it's a computer product ...
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Is the expression “the numbers of each castes of bees in a honey bee colony” OK?

What I want to express is the following information: A honey bee colony consists of a single queen, hundreds of male drones and 20,000 to 80,000 female worker bees. So is the expression OK? “...
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When to add -s to ‘realm’

The grammar book presents examples: the realm of science the realms of science-fiction Would you explain why -s is added above, please?
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Does “Three students were given two notebooks. ” mean that each student was given two?

The three students were given two notebooks. I created the sentence above in order to describe that one student could not get the notebook. I am afraid whether this sentence may be interpreted as ...
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Plural of a mathematical variable

How should I write the plural of a mathematical variable? E.g., in these sentences: The values of f(ui|uj) are independent for different [uj/ujs/uj's]. The values of f(ui|uj) are independent for ...
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“Shoes Shopping” is this the correct plural?

Is it incorrect to say "shoes shopping" when buying multiple pairs of shoes? This is analogous to saying the plural of "attorney general" is "attorneys general".
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Why can “core” be a plural form of “core”?

According to WordHippo: The noun core can be countable or uncountable. In more general, commonly used, contexts, the plural form will also be core. However, in more specific contexts, ...