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Is “series” Plural or Singular?

Such expressions as Drama series and TV series are plural or singular? E.g. I like to watch drama/TV series or I like to watch a drama/TV series?
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What does `'s` mean in “What CPU's will it run on?”?

Does it indicate a possessive adjective or just a plural noun? If noun, why it is not CPUs (without apostrophe)?
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Why is “aircrafts” bad English, while “crafts” is okay?

I am puzzled by this. Why is "aircrafts" invalid, while "crafts" can be used legitimately? I've also heard that "crafts" cannot be used because the plural of "craft" is always "craft". Which is right?
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Should nouns after “any” be singular or plural?

While I was answering a question on ELL, I got confused with a comment from a fellow user. After I indicated that: "Do you have any idea to prove it?' is grammatically correct, the OP commented ...
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How to write a plural form of 'ex' (ex girlfriend..etc)

She's my ex But then, In my photo album, you see many exes/exs/ex's of mine?
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What's the accepted way to use “criterion”, “criteria”, “criterions”?

In many publications, especially IT related, I find lots of expressions with criteria e.g. What is your criteria ... What are your criteria ... What are your criterias ... English ...
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There's vs There are

For example: There's two options here or There are two options here I hear a lot of people say the first line (or something similar), but isn't that incorrect? Isn't it plural and therefore ...
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Why “was” not “were” in “Nearly £20 was taken from my bank account”

I've always said "$100 were taken" not "$100 was taken" because I thought $100 is plural. Could you explain why "was" not "were"? Any other helpful notes about the issue would be appreciated. ...
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What is the plural of octopus?

What is the plural of octopus? Is it octopuses, octopi or octopodes? Normally in English it's supposed to be octopi, but when I type it, it has a red line under it (by the spell check), which means ...
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Can we use “former” and “latter” for plural nouns?

I usually see "former and latter" as replacements for nouns: The person in the right is young, the person in the left is old. The former is tall, the latter is short. But can we apply them to ...
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Plural form of “brother-in-law” when a possessive case is involved

1) My brother's friend's opinions 2) My brothers' friend's opinions I hope "1" and "2" are pretty clear and correct. Now, let us suppose that the brother in "1" is a brother-in-law and that all ...
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Why are there so many specific words for groups of animals?

I found this link to names of the groups of animals. I am confused because there are so many various congregations. Is there any guidance rather than learning by rote if I want to remember them?
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Is “indices” or “indexes” the plural of “index”?

I've heard both plural forms of index, indices and indexes. I usually use indices when referring to the computer science term for database index, but I'm not sure if it is correct in that context. ...
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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 the plural of “forum”: “fora” or “forums”?

I'm active on many discussion fora, but I see that people more often use the form forums. Are both forms correct and adequate? If so, why are there two forms for the plural of such a short word?
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What is the plural of “who”?

I can use "Who are you?" when talking to one person. But what can I use if I'm talking to a group of people?
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When to treat 'Police' as a singular noun and a plural noun?

I have seen that in some scenarios word police is treated as a singular noun and in some other scenarios it is treated as a plural noun. I don't know the exact difference! Can anybody provide few ...
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Singular or plural with “zero”: “The temperature will drop to zero degree(s)”

Please have a look at the two sentences below: The temperature will drop to zero degree. The temperature will drop to zero degrees. So which one is correct? In other words, how to use the plural ...
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If twins are always plural, how do I refer to a single twin, or how do we count twins?

I've learned that twins in English are always plural, e.g. there are the twins. Then how do we count twins? If there are four people coming, those are two twins? There are two twins? What if there are ...
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What is the plural of “brother”, “brothers” or “brethren”?

In English books, I read that the plural of brother was given as brethren, but I hear people in movies or serials using brothers. Which one is correct? Is it the difference due to difference in ...
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What is a plural of “To-Do”? “To-Dos” or “To-Does”?

Say I have a list of "To-Do" things. I want to mention them to someone, so I doubt on how to call it: 1. I have many "To-Dos" for today 2. I have many "To-Does" for today 3. I have many "To-Do'...
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Can “all” be used with both singular & plural verbs?

Are both sentences below correct? 1. All of the books are expensive. 2. All of the books is expensive.
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How do I spell the possessive form of children?

In the sentence below, are the usages of apostrophes correct? In research about parent stereotypes, the correlation between parents’ beliefs about their early elementary age children’s’ mathematics ...
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What is the plural form of “magic”?

Wiktionary claims it is "magics", from how I read its page, but e.g. Ask.com claims it has no plural form. Considering that Wiktionary also claims that it is "usually uncountable", are there only ...
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On the singular vs plural aspects of “who”

In a question like this one, for example, Who have/has come? Is the word "who" singular or plural? Or is it both plural and singular? I have heard it’s plural. Please correct me if I am wrong.
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Correct plural usage for “hundreds” and “thousands”

I'm having problems with hundred and thousand. If someone asks you, How many trees are in this forest? Would you answer seven thousand or seven thousands, because thousands are countable? I know ...
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Information or Informations?

I thought information is singular and plural. But now I'm not sure which version is right: The dialogue shows two important informations. OR The dialogue shows two important information. Which ...
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When do I REALLY need to pronounce an s as a z?

Yeah, I know the rule that after a voiced consonant, the plural or 3rd person S should be realized as a Z. But I wouldn't trust that rule as far as I could throw it, because I constantly hear, say, '...
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Plural of belief: beliefs or believes?

I found usages of both "beliefs" and "believes" and am confused while using a plural of 'belief'. So, I want to know which is the correct plural of 'belief'? Is it believes or beliefs?
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Should you say hour or hours in this type of sentence?

Being a non native speaker of English, this type of sentence always bites me: It was a pleasant four hours journey from Nashik to Pune. Should it be hour or hours?
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Should I write “all the data is correct” or “all the data are correct”?

Which sentence is correct: In this section you can make a payment: verify carefully that all the data submitted is correct and confirm by clicking the Proceed button. or In this section you can ...
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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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“A patients guide” or “A patient's guide”?

I am working on one of my employer's websites, and we have a video guide up for patients of how a particular procedure works. The guide was previously titled "A patients guide to [X]", but I have ...
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“A few” takes a singular or plural verb in present simple tense?

Does "a few" take a singular or plural verb in present simple tense? A few men lifts the table. A few men lift the table. A few frogs jumps out of the lake. A few frogs jump out of the ...
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“Means […] is” versus “means […] are”

The most effective means of control is immediate removal of pods from harvested plants, but this is not always possible at a time when other farm activities are at their peak, so one possible option ...
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What does the butcher's (meaning the butcher's shop) become in the plural?

If the sentence in the singular is: The butcher's and the hairdresser's are closed on Sunday. What happens to the genitive if I want to make it plural? Butcher's and hairdresser's are closed on ...
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Formally can money be in a plural form (monies) or not?

I have studied that money is a mass noun, but now I saw that money can be in plural form as well. So I am confused. when we say on something that it's uncountable, then should it not be in one form ...
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Should I use hippopotami?

When should I replace an 'us' with an 'i'? Are the following words valid? Hippopotami (plural of hippopotamus) Virii (plural of virus) Bonii (plural of bonus) When should I use 'i' and when ...
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Why is the verb singular in “What's in the bags?”

In a picture book, a boy carried two bags full of stuff he bought from a garage sale. His mum asked, "What's in the bags?" My question is why did they use "What's" instead of "What are"? I ...
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an estimated 2 million people are/is

I can not explain why "an" is used in the phrase "an estimated 2 million people are". In addition, I can find many examples in which such phrases are treated as plural although the noun phrase takes ...
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Construction of “females representatives”

In a Guardian article, I stumbled over this sentence: These kind of men deter women from entering politics, when more females representatives is exactly what America needs. I would have expected ...
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Is the plural of “popcorn” a used word?

Is popcorns a used word, for example in "popcorns are ready"? If I cook meat rolls, and I want to announce they are ready, I would say "Meat rolls are ready." Can I say the same for popcorn?
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“the printers is” vs. “the printers are”

As is well known, expressions like "at the printers" or "to the cleaners" can be equivalent to "at the printer's shop" or "to the cleaner's shop" respectively. ...
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Plurals ending in -es in words for which the last letter is not e

There are words, like potato where the plural form ends with es (potatoes). In which cases does a word have a plural ending with es, but the singular doesn't end with e? Is there a rule for that, or ...
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Their body? their bodies?

They should remove toxins from their bodies. They should remove toxins from their body. I am confused about these two sentences above. I think the first sentence is correct because 'their' means ...
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Which one is correct word? People or People's

Which word is correct and what is the difference between these words? People People's I heard somebody say, "People's does not work in a sentence. People means a group of humans. Why would you make ...
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Is it common for British English speakers to use “us” instead of “me”?

If someone is keeping a secret, in the US one might say "tell me!" However, I was in the UK and I heard a person say "tell us!" although she did not appear to be with anyone. Am I misunderstanding or ...
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“The colour of (the) water(s)”

'Waters' in this context confuses me First, let's look at two relevant definition/meanings of plural waters found in the Oxford Learner's Dictionaries. 3. waters [plural] – the water in a particular ...
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How do I pluralize a proper noun that is also an English word?

There is a card in Magic: the Gathering called Rally the Ancestors. My friends and I refer to the card by its shortened name, "Rally". The plural form of rally when used as a regular word is rallies. ...
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three hundred dollars bail — shouldn't it be “three hundred dollar bail” without an “s”?

Link to the Youtube video (it's right at the beginning of the video when the reporter says that) Transcript: James Rhein is out on three hundred dollars bail after being charged with criminal ...

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