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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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why is the plural form of sheep is not sheeps?

The plural of goat is goats. Even uncountable nouns can have plural forms, e.g. waters (the meaning is slightly different). Some words have two plural forms, like cactuses or cacti. Again, some words ...
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Can I say 3 polices?

I learned at school that "police" is a plural noun. But there are many different police. When we talk about secret police, military police, and riot police, can we say 3 polices?
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“Content” or “contents”

According to CPE Use of English, "content" and "contents" have different meanings. But which meanings are they talking about? The only singular form is given in #4. content 4 [...
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“Spirit” as a drink and a soul

The word "spirit" when it refers to an alcoholic drink, and a soul is countable. But "spirit" used in medicine is uncountable. Right?
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Minutes and minute

Some words change their meanings in the plural. For example: "wood" and "woods" "custom" and "customs". My book gives "minutes" and "minute&...
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Types of metal or types of metals [duplicate]

Which one of these examples is correct? Types of metal Types of metals Do they have different meanings?
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are the kinds of

a. Those are the kind of bird that live around this marsh and mate in the summer. b. Those are the kinds of birds that live around this marsh and mate in the summer. c. Those are the kind of birds ...
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The milestones of my pronunciation [closed]

I write this sentence: The milestones of my pronunciation. Does it correct?
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Using “a” or plural?

I have written a plugin that only works if the website is displaying a record page, any record page. I have the feeling that the first version emphasis "works on all" and the second is ...
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Is it grammatically correct to use “them” with hair?

My hair is short so I'm growing them for my wedding Is it grammatically correct to use "them" with hair?
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Singular VS Plural Is/are

Which one is correct: Flowers is a good present. Or Flowers are a good present. Or The best present for me is flowers. Or The best present for me are flowers.
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Adjective nouns

I have a problem forming the correct singular and plural forms of adjective nouns, e.g. (the) old(s), her young(s), (the) red(s), (the) relative(s), (the) saint(s), (the) possible(s), (the) sick(s). ...
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What is the meaning of “ones” here? [closed]

A repeater is used to convert distorted signals into unidistorted ones. Is it correct to use ones? Does ones here mean signals?
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Bison in the plural form

I just realized that we should say "bison are this and that" without the plural "s". I've checked its definition in a dictionary and it's a countable noun. I've seen in a textbook "Bison are..." and ...
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“a role of” vs “roles of”

I am working on a scientific paper and would like to ask a question regarding the use of "a role of" vs "roles of". "Dendritic cells play critical roles in expansion and antitumor efficacy of infused ...
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Do I need to make the following changes when writing an abbreviation?

In math, there is a concept called random variable, and for convenience people usually just write r.v. I have some questions regarding writing the abbreviation r.v. in a sentence. Would a native ...
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Is this a correct sentence: “I had a lot of troubles when I was young”?

When I talk about the difficulties I experienced when I was young, can I say "I had a lot of troubles when I was young"? Or should I use the singular version after the word "have"? I think I am not ...
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A fish\Two fish\Two fishes [duplicate]

Do I understand the next right? I caught a fish It will mean I just caught some fish in quantity of one. I caugh two fish Means I caught two fish that are of the same species I caught two fishes I ...
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singular nouns that are plural in form [closed]

Could you come up with as many singular nouns that are plural in form as possible? Examples include "a woods" and "a golf links." I don't want names of diseases and fields of study. I'd appreciate ...
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“Physical, speech, and occupational therapy” VS “Physical, speech and occupational therapies”?

Instinctively I believe "therapies" makes sense because the sentence is referring to 3 'types' of therapy, but it just rolls off the tongue funny. Anyone have a grammatical reason for which is ...
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Man or a/the man?

What I know is that singular common noun 'man' denotes the human being in general sense. In that sense, no article is needed before it, nor should we use the plural form 'men' : "MAN IS MORTAL". (NOT, ...
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Can you help with these sentences?

Out of 100 consumers interviewed, the great majority of them loves (or love?) candies, and the 20% among them prefers (or prefer?) sugar-free candies. As much as 30% of the consumers prefer (or ...
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Use of 'the' after 'of'

What's the reason behind NOT using 'the' in these cases? I thought use of 'the' specifies the case about smth. 1) The number of THE CATS in my neighbourhood has increased. (there is literally no ...
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Which of the two sentences is correct, considering the usage of To and For?

As Cristiano Ronaldo is for you, Messi is for me. or As Cristiano Ronaldo is to you, Messi is to me.
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When is it okay to write “childrens” or “childrens' ” – language hack

Let's make a scenario in which there are two distinctively different entities which are both referenced as "child". The first entity is a group of nodes that are named "children" from the parent ...
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Tell me all wrong grammar points in this short simple sentence [closed]

What do you think of this sentence: "How many days is quarantined?" using "is" wrong with to be verb while we have "how many days" and is it correct to use the passive form "quarantined" in this way? ...
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Using posession 's'

I have conducted several experiments using several devices. Each device is configured with a list of algorithms. I want to write a title to describe the algorithms used in the devices of the ...
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User properties vs users properties

If I had a file with the properties (names, ages and the like) of the users of some app, which one sentence would be correct to say "I have a file with the user properties" or "I have a file with the ...
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“Door design” or “doors design” or “door designs”?

I have trouble with compound nouns plural. What would be appropriate to write ? Animals set as door design. or Animals set as doors design. or Animals set as door designs. Context would be ...
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A mixture of things that offer/offers

A mixture of things that offer Or, A mixture of things that offers It is not obvious to me which one is correct because mixture is singular but things is plural.
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How to refer to multiple actions using a gerund?

If I check something 3 times, how may I refer to them using a gerund? Are these sentences ok? a. All 3 checkings found some problems. b. All 3 checking found some problems. And how about other ...
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How to write an abbreviation of a plural form of the term

If I am writing text which contains plural form of a term that I include its abbreviation in brackets, should I include the s in the term itself inside the brackets or outside or not include the s in ...
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Is it child elements or children elements?

If we specify an item, and its multiple elements underneath, should we use child elements, or children elements ? Are they both acceptable? And if we just use one word, then "children" is the ...
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Can We Always Use Plural Verb With Plural Nouns Or Plural Subject 2019

I want to know that can we always use a plural verb with a plural subject or a plural noun like take this example -: We are nerd. or We are nerds. is correct
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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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