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Plural or singular after “either x or y object”

Which one is correct? Either in the first or second version Or, Either in the first or second versions
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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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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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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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How aircraft move? Or moves?

I saw a book titled "How Aircraft Move Through the Air". But is that correct? I think aircraft is the singular. So Would it be "moves" or "moved"(in case of past sentence)? Am I wrong? Please ...
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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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“only one in seven make it” instead of “makes” — why?

For example, thousands have tried to conquer Mount Everest. Of those who make the attempt, only one in seven make it to the top. In the second sentence, why the verb 'make' isn't 'makes'? It ...
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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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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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Indefinite article + singluar noun to refer to a group/type of thing in general

My understanding is when referring to a type of thing in general we can either use the plural form or a singular with the definite article. For example: The tomato is a fruit, not a vegetable. Or ...
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A few were, or a few was?

If I write: Only a few of his friends were are at this side is this correct? Or should 'were' be 'was' as a few is singular?
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baby or a baby?

I'm wondering whether the following sentences strike you as odd, with baby in its bare form: Taking care of baby doesn't mean having to sacrifice one's social life. Taking care of baby can be a ...
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Is “news” singular?

Is "news" singular? How do I say it: "The news is nice" or it should be "The news are nice" ? I've read that it's a singular and plural noun by default. Also If it's plural is there a way to refer ...
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Singular/plural: (At a store) I'm looking for a AA battery. Do you have it?

(At a store) I'm looking for a AAA battery. Do you have it? I'm looking for a AAA battery. Do you have them? I'm looking for AAA batteries. Do you have them? I'm confident that (...
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What should be used with a person or 3rd person , comparative degree or simple form of adjective

A person is becoming good day by day. or A person is becoming better day by day. or A person is getting better day by day. or A person is being good day by day. Which one is correct and why?
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Lemons are yellow?

Which sounds natural? 1. Lemons are yellow. 2. The lemon is yellow. 3. A lemon is yellow. You say,"I like lemons.", but if you use the word "lemon" as a subject of a sentence, how do you use it?
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As a reply: There isn't any - referring to a singular countable

I know there are plenty of threads about any + singular countable. I believe this one is a little different. There isn't a chair here. If we don't want to use one of these: Indeed there aren't ...
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“They” to refer to a person's looks? [closed]

If you say "her looks have faded" would you say in response, "No, they haven't" or is that "they" incorrect?
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What is the reason for putting an article before “few” even-though it talks about plural?

What is the reason for putting an article before "few" (a few) even-though it talks about plural? Generally the word "few" is always supposed to talk about more than one, then why does it get an ...
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“Aren't” instead “am not” for first person singular

I often notice that instead of "am not" the "aren't" version is used and I wonder if that is truly acceptable. What confuses me is that in school we were taught that the short version of am not is amn'...
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pluralNoun + “are” + “a/an” + singleNoun

Today a sentence hit my mind : Processes are an integrated set of .... vs : Processes are integrated sets of .... to an EnglishLanguageLearner the second one feels more valid, because we hear ...
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What do you think this number refers/refer to?

I am confused on the usage of 'refer to' and 'refers to'. 'Refers to' sounds natural, but 'number' is singular so are we supposed to use 'refer to' as it is singular? What do you think this number ...
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Does an indefinite-article mean always 'one'?

Suppose I am an event organiser and while conducting a game I announce that - "Whoever wins this game, I will get him a chocolate". Here I used the word 'a chocolate' so does it mean 'one chocolate' ...
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Could it be a structure of “How many -singular noun- is there?”

We had an argument in our collage if it's possible to have such structure: "How many -singular noun- is there?" For example: How many chair is there? The claim of the supporters: This ...
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“Sometimes astronomers find thing they …” or “Sometimes astronomers find things they …”

I read the following in science magazine: Sometimes astronomers find thing they weren't even looking for. Here's eight of the best ... Why didn't they use "things"? Sometimes astronomers find ...
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Singular noun + linking verb + plural predicate nominative [duplicate]

Essentially, we have "[singular subject] was/were [plural object]." Which is correct? "What mattered was my determination and effort." "What mattered were my determination and effort." I ...
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usage of “curriculum”

If curriculum already implies academic, is it redundant to say I have equipped myself with a diverse academic curriculum? Also, is curriculum plural (is "a curriculum" appropriate)?
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“To fly big passenger airliners calls for long training and experience” [duplicate]

I've seen the following sentence in the book which teaches English as a corrected sentence. My question is why the word passenger -in the following sentence- is referred as a singular while almost ...
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A specific sentence makes me confused on Singular and plural

a.1) John and Sam are friend. a.2) John and Sam are friends. Now if you say (a.2) is correct and (a.3) then what about (b.1), b.1) John and Liza are couple. Consider another example, ...
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Mile or miles? Singular or plural?

Could you explain me please, why sometimes the word "mile" is used in singular, sometimes in plural, while in both cases it refers to several and not 1 mile. Example: They took part in a 26 mile ...
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“Neither of which applies” or “neither of which apply”? [duplicate]

While typing a question, I became unsure of which form to use for a verb. That would be the first time a morph has disappeared (except for Sario Rips and allergies, neither of which apply here.) ...
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“Alternating between coffee and tea is” or “Alternating between coffee and tea are”

If I use this Alternating between coffee and tea is good for my health. or Alternating between coffee and tea are good for my health Which is correct?
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group noun singular or plural

Are group nouns like team or police singular or plural? The team (is/are ) preparing for the next game. Police (is/are ) looking for the suspects.
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Exception in popular nouns [duplicate]

I have no idea if it's because of whether informal English or not, but I found this reporter talking about a boat passing by an iceberg and he was like: This iceberg here, there's outcroppings ...
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Singular or Plural nouns

Could someone please help me with this sentence? I’m having problem with deciding if it’s it should be plural or singular. I have a blue and red car. or I have a blue and red cars. Which one ...
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plural/singular question

Can I use singular verb for these sentences? Sentence 1. "Twenty gallons of paint is needed to paint the house" Sentence 2. "Three members of the staff/crew is needed to paint the house" Note I ...
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Singular form of dice

Singular form of the word dice is a die but is it old fashion? Are we still using the word die for addressing a die today?
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It show the increase(s)

Would it be correct (and why?) to use a plural form in a sentence like: The data shows the increases in traffic for different things. I would think that a singular noun may be better, because we ...
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How exactly do I tell if “A xxx of” is plural or singular?

I looked up a few grammar-teaching websites (in Chinese language). The website says many people do not use the phrase "A xxx of" correctly because they do not identify the subject of the phrase ...
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“Video” — plural or singular? [duplicate]

I have come across this passage on BBC news website. "Video and pictures taken by resident Malcolm Carter and sent to the BBC showed the fire that burned on the terrace area earlier on Friday ...
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Is it correct to put an “a” or “another” before the word “dimensions”?

I've noticed many people say something like they live in another dimensions..., and in a dimensions of..., but I am wondering if it's correct to put an “a” or "another" before the word "...
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The cost savings “are” or “is” 50%?

I wonder if I should use are or is in the following sentence: The cost savings ____ 50%? Or should I just say the cost savings percentage is 50%. Thanks
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Will the word 'proportion' take 'has' or 'have' for singular?

I have a sentence that goes like A large proportion of people _______ started giving up on the government. I know here the missing word—has or have—has got to refer to proportion and not people. ...
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About experience or experiences and knowledge(s). Uncountable or countable?

How to decide use countable or uncountable form of word experience? Also I have required background knowledge and experience(s) for this position.
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When should a noun that refers to some general idea be plural/singular?

This line appears in Ralph Waldo Emerson's Self-Reliance: Man is explicable by nothing less than all his history. I have been told that in order to express generality, one should use the definite ...
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The age and weight of the person is/are known? [duplicate]

I am not sure whether to use singular or plural forms of the verb in the following example sentence: The age and weight of the person is/are known. Thanks for any advice.
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Different mechanisms in isolation is/are not effective? [closed]

Should I use "is" or "are" in the following sentence? Different mechanisms in isolation is/are not effective.
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use plural, or singular with definite article

The following sentence is from my favourite English teacher on the internet. 'Women play a more important role than ever in raising the family' Why is it that "the family" is used? Shouldn't it be ...