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question about plural and possesives [closed]

Is this dialogue correct? (regarding plural and possessives) Thank you. "I like it; keep going. Would you want some more clovers? I can bring you some," the fairy said. "Yes! Thank you... What'...
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any singular + any plural + verb?

I have the following sentence: It shows up when any organization or preset settings are saved. It uses any with a singular noun (organization) then comes a plural noun (settings), should be ...
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What's the plural of “that x of a y”?

But that did not solve his problem, his mother's birthday was next week, he had counted on Arsenal beating Manchester and if that idiot of a referee had not awarded that idiotic penalty. I am ...
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Are there plural forms to interrogatives like “who”?

In Greek there are different singular and plural forms of τίς (who): Singular: τίς - who? τίνος - whose? τίνι - to whom? τίνα - whom? Are there plural English forms? τίνες - τίνων - τίσι(ν) - ...
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“that is” or “that are”

These are electric cars that is cars that run on electricity. or These are electric cars that are cars that run on electricity. To clarify cars that run on electricity does not add any new ...
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How to pluralize 2 words

I have an organisation which has several branches. Now I have a list of all these branch names. How can I call this list? Branches name list? or Branch Names list? or Branches Names list? What is ...
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Plural of “computer bus”

I often see the word "bus" (in the sense of interconnect layer of a computer system) to be written in plural as either "buses" or "busses". Which one is the correct form? Wikipedia uses both on the ...
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Non-countable nouns in English that end on “-s”

The word "news" appears to be plural - Oxford Dictionary says its origin is "Late Middle English plural of new, translating Old French noveles or medieval Latin nova ‘new things’." Yet in modern ...
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The question/questions which one is this? or which ones are these?

Consider a sentence below. The question/questions "which one is this?" or "which ones are these?" force an identifying response. I am confused. Should I use "the question" or "the questions?" ...
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‘Centuries-old architecture’ or ‘century-old architecture’

I came across the phrase ‘centuries-old architecture‘ in a video provided by BBC learning English. It’s common knowledge that a boy who is 12 years old can be called ‘a 12-year-old boy’ so why don’t ...
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How do we use invariable plurals?

I'm trying to get my head round how we use so called invariable plurals. I have been through about a million different sites now, and come up with the following: (i) There are three main groups of ...
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“during his freshman and sophomore {year/years}”

Should year be singular or plural in the following example? As a bass fisherman, during his freshman and sophomore year, Bob was challenged by his lack of experience in the fishing arena but never ...
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Water, a water and waters

1. Water boils at 100°c. 2. Still waters run deep. Based on the two sentences we can say that water is both uncountable and countable.If water is countable "a water" should be there as in the case ...
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“Latters” or “the latter” or “latter” when referring to plural?

Which of the following are correct ways to refer to the last noun in plural and why: As these pieces of code mutate their objects, the latter are not safe to pass around. Or As these pieces of ...
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Any comment or any comments? Of or From?

Can you tell me which sentence is correct: 1) I'd appreciate any comment of (from) you. 2) I'd appreciate any comments of (from) you. First, I think "any comments" is correct but I also read a ...
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Why “multi-band antenna”, not “multi-bands antenna”?

Why do you say "multi-band antenna", not "multi-bands antenna"? It seems to me there are multiple bands for an antenna. And, are "multi-band antenna" and "multi-band antennas" different?
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Is it correct to use 2 plurals together?

Attendees will learn practical solutions to employee benefits challenges confronting plan sponsors. Please help me with this phrase. Employees have benefits, so is it correct to say "employees ...
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with “s” or without “s”

Is that sentence right and sound correct at all (about "both")? I think "time" is an adjective. This is true? 'At, in, on' and ''to' are used as both time(s) prepositions and place prepositions in ...
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two pairs of jeans Vs jeans

Which statement is correct and Why: There are jeans on the bed. There are two pairs of jeans on the bed. The application I am learning on, said that "There are jeans on the bed" is not ...
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How to describe the following situation?

There are four assumptions: User 1's location is initially x1, and is changed at speed of 5 m/s in a counterclockwise direction along a circular path with a radius 100 centered at O1. User 2's ...
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When is modifier noun in plural?

Why isn't "store" in the plural in the sentence below? More than 7,400 store closures have been announced this year The sentence is from Financial Times.
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What should be used after plural nouns. makes or make?

Which one of the following is correct? 1) The things makes it look beautiful. 2) The things make it look beautiful.
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kind of insect or kind of insects? [duplicate]

Should insect in the following sentence be in a plural form? It is a dragonfly. It is a kind of insect (or insects?). Shouldn't we always use plural noun after a type/kind of ?
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was or were - what is the correct usage?

The efficiency of the companies were evaluated based on operating profit per employee (weightage-60 percent), growth in operating profit (20 percent) and balance sheet size (20 percent).
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What is the plural of the noun “epistle”? [closed]

What is the plural of the noun epistle? Is it epistles? Or, is it epistle? I've looked up the word here but there is no information about the plural form.
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Company or companies ---should I use singular or plural [duplicate]

Export Credit Guarantee Corporation of India has been adjudged as one of the best public sector insurance company for 2018.
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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 [duplicate]

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 ...