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Someone calls or someone call

I read that someone is used with singular verb but l come across with this example : Someone call an ambulance. Is it correct? It shouldn't be "someone calls an ambulance"?! Or in another ...
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Is the sentence "Each of my brothers wants his own car" correct?

Each of my brothers wants his own car I already know that each is always paired with singular but is the usage of "his" correct? Should it be "their" or "it"?
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Those students want to become a teacher/teachers. - are both of them acceptable? [closed]

Example 1 Those students want to become a teacher. Example 2 Those students want to become teachers. Are both correct? Do they mean the same? Example 1 may sound a little bit unnatural but I have ...
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I have never repaired my "car/cars" like that -and I only have one car at a time - the same meaning?

‎"I have had three cars in my life. I have never had my car/cars repaired that way." Also assume I only had one car at a time. Do both of them mean the same?
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Use plural of singular when referring to plural thing being the superlative of something

I have a sentence that requires a form of "to be" referring to something in singular and plural at the same time: The major source for pharmaceutical residues in rivers [is/are] wastewater ...
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Import level(s): singular or plural

The graph shows the volume of seafood imports in the US from 2000 to 2020, along with a prediction for 2030. The US seafood import market grew substantially in the past 20 years, but in the future ...
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How to use "be : was or were " for as if/as though ( the unreal information in the present)

For As if/As though, if the sentence expresses the information which is unreal in the present, we use "past subjunctive" and to be : were for all the subjects? Is it correct or incorrect? ...
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"a lot of" preceding a singular countable noun

I'm wondering whether "much of" can be replaced by "a lot of" to mean "a large proportion of" when the following noun is singular and countable. Many nouns have both ...
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Why do we say I like apples when we want to talk about our favourite fruit but for some of the fruits like watermelon we use singular from?

My question is about using singular and plural form of nouns after I like.
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Are plural-only and singular-only nouns always uncountable?

As far as I understand, based on the literal meanings of the words "countable" and "uncountable": A noun is called countable when it can be counted, i.e. can be used with cardinal ...
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What is the difference between "a park" and "the park" [duplicate]

What is the difference between "a park" and "the park". Except the fact that we use "a" when we mention a park in the first time and then we need "the" when we ...
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a copy of certificate

I want to ask people to attach a copy of supporting document. Please attach a copy of certificate confirming those facts stated above. Is "certificate" singular and does it need any ...
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Plural and singular nouns: do "A cat is an animal" and "Cats are animals" mean the same thing?

A cat is an animal. Cats are animals. Do the two sentences mean exactly the same thing? If not, what are the differences and how do you use them?
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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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Arugula plural or singular? [closed]

I've got this question in my mind. Is 'arugula' a plural name or singular? If it is plural does anybody know the singular form like arugulum or something like that? (well, it might be archaic, ...
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What is the reason to not use s after a countable noun?

I'm questioning about this sentence below: How do you make this machine work? I took that sentence from my exercise book. So, why didn't they put "s" after "work". Isn't this ...
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I want to mention a singular platform but imply impact of plural things. Can I use this in the sentence?

Platforms like this are very helpful. Or should I have to use "these"?
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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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Is the sentence "Fast food or processed foods at convenience stores, for example, causes harm…" 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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What is the difference between at the age of and at the ages of?

What is the difference between at the age of and at the ages of? singular noun and plural noun? Please tell me the difference.
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Why is 'group' used as plurals?

If a group consists of 5 members and the group is jumping, why should all of 5 members be jumping to express the group is jumping? I mean 'group' is a singular so can't I say 'a group is jumping' even ...
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What is the difference between "percent" and "percentages"?

I don't know what the difference between "percent" and "percentage" is. Do they mean two different things and do they have different uses? I would like to know what kind of ...
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There's a quadruple circle

A picture above two pictures shows a quadruple circle. Can I describe the two picture below the first picture 'there's half of a quadruple circle'? this picture is additional to the original post.
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Is "Her hair is in a pigtail" (singular) used in British English?

The British say "Her hair is in a plait" (picture 1) but "Her hair is in pigtails" (picture 2). Americans say "Her hair is in a braid" (No.1) and "Her hair is in ...
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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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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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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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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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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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When "education" should be a singular noun and when should it be an uncountable noun?

Cambridge dictionary states that "education" can be both a singular noun like "an education" and an uncountable noun like "zero-article education". As far as I know it depends whether the context is ...
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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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Can we use singular pronoun for referring to "everyone"?

If both sentences are true, how can we justify them? Can we use singular pronoun for referring to "everyone"? I bet everyone regardless of genders can find at least one item [they love]. I bet ...
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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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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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“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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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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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 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 [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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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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