Questions tagged [plural-forms]

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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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How to count consciousness?

I'm afraid I'm talking about my favourite topic, consciousness, wrong. Can you please check which of these cases of my trying to use the word on Reddit are correct? "Quantum wave form collapses ...
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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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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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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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"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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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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"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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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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When expressing a class of things, should I use a singular or a plural form?

When referring to a class of things, especially countable things, I am always confused about singular noun and plural nouns. For example: Dogs are the most lovely animal in the world. and The ...
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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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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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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'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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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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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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Regarding a plural or singular problem

Let me thank you in advance. I am taking ( for my just blog purpose ) a listening test, which is, the gate examination to enter his/her university for entire students in our country. And I struck ...
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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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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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