Questions tagged [singular-vs-plural]

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Most college vs Most colleges

Most college provide services designed to help students. Most colleges provide services designed to help students. I think that 2 is correct. Grammarly also indicates that 2 is correct. However, ...
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This reaction ... come/comes from

People of all ages generally prefer to have as much freedom as possible in determining their behavior. When individuals feel that their actions are being unfairly limited, they often attempt to ...
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Should a sentence with "both start and end dates" be plural?

Which is correct: Enter both the start and end date for implementation. Enter both the start and end dates for implementation. Why?
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"The panda is an endangered species" "Pandas are an endangered species"... Which would be acceptable?

"A panda is an endangered species". "Pandas are an endangered species". "The panda is an endangered species" "The pandas are an endangered species". If you want ...
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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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There's + plural form

I often hear native speakers use "There's" instead of "There're", i.e., they just use "There's" regardless of what follows. e.g. "There's two people." Is it a ...
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Is it correct to say "What are your boys names?"

Is it correct to say "What are your boys names?" or "What are these fruits names?".
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"any other" + singular / plural

Which one is correct, and could you please tell me why? She is more popular than any other singers/singer in the USA. Thank you.
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shorthand for Experiment 1 and Experiment 2

Is a proper shorthand for "Experiment 1 and Experiment 2" (1) Experiments 1 and 2 (2) Experiment 1 and 2 (3) none of the above ? If (3), please let me know what it should be. The context is ...
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'Is' or 'are' in 'The last important thing [is / are] the entry tickets'? [closed]

Which is correct in this following example, 'is' or 'are'? The last important thing [is / are] the entry tickets. And why?
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one incident in each city

a. Today we had gun-related incidents in Los Angeles, New York, Austin and Tampa. b. Today we had a gun-related incident in Los Angeles, New York, Austin and Tampa. c. Today we had a gun-related ...
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Why is a singular noun, 'war', used in 'war was inevitable'?

In the 2nd explanation of the word 'thesis' in the Cambridge Dictionary online, an example sentence goes as 'their main thesis was that war was inevitable'. Why does it use a singular noun 'war' alone?...
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How to say a fact in general? [duplicate]

When you want to talk about cheetahs in general, A cheetah can run fast. The cheetah can run fast. Cheetahs can run fast. The cheetahs can run fast. are they all correct? Which one would you use in ...
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When two people both work at the same place with the same post, Should I say "they both like their jobs" or "they both like their job"?

When two people both work at the same place with the same post, Should I say "they both like their jobs" or "they both like their job"? My understanding is : If people work at the ...
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The sentence is talking about "a candidate" and "an election", why does it use the plural form "chances"? [duplicate]

The following sentence comes from "Introduction to Algorithms, 3rd Edition By Thomas H. Cormen, Charles E. Leiserson, Ronald L. Rivest and Clifford Stein" A political candidate may want to ...
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singular or plural for xxx of yyy, respectively

The probability(s) in grade(s) 1, 2, 3, is (are) 0.1,0.2,0.3, respectively. Should I use singular or plural for those parentheses?
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Should I use prices in the following sentence

The prices of books sold online are cheaper than those in the local bookstores. or The price of books sold online are cheaper than those in the local bookstores. Or if both are correct and it's ...
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Which is correct - were or was?

The sentence reads: However, if we were great friends with someone who committed murder or robbed a store, we wouldn’t question whether murder or stealing were bad. Is this correct or should it be &...
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Can plural form be the agent of Gerund?

Three men are on a deserted island when they find a lamp with a genie in it. After rubbing the lamp, the genie emerges and says, “I will give each of you one wish.” The first man says, “I wish I were ...
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When to use the plural form (e.g. ‘pollutions’)

There was a question in my test: People in big cities have to fight against different kinds of pollution / pollutions. The reference answer was ‘pollutions’. My teacher said ‘pollution’ is a ...
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This is the highest any of my students has/have scored

This is the highest any of my students has/have ever scored. (Stating that only 1 student of all my students has scored the highest marks) Should we use “has” or “have” here? I would personally use “...
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"You got this girls!" seems incorrect to me. How is "you" used to address a team?

My customer asked me to write "You got this girls!" on a cake but it's incorrect. What is the proper way to address a team? Should it be "You've got this girls!" or "You girls ...
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A group of dogs emerge or emerges?

I'm telling a story and I reach to this sentence: A group of dogs emerges from the darkness of the forest and I'm wondering if it is better to say A group of dogs emerge from the darkness of the ...
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Refering to plural using it/they

This is from Animal Farm ... and surveyed with speechless admiration the ploughland, the hayfield, the orchard, the pool, the spinney. It was as though they had never seen these things before, and ...
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I use acrylic paint/paints

Is it oil paintings? No, I use acrylic paint/paints. Should paint be in plural here or what is idiomatic/makes more sense? I have seen both used.
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Does "one and a half of something" imply a final s for the noun?

Is this said with or without a final s for the noun? Should one either say: "one and a half hour" or "one and a half hours" or is either equally valid?
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"the computer" or "computers" when talking generally about computers

As I know, it's not correct to use singular countable nouns without "the" or "a" or "my, your" etc. but especially in the sentence below, although the second option is ...
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Why isn't the noun plural in “there must be some mistake”?

I'm learning English dialogue according to EnglishPod. There is a sentence: But there must be some mistake; my reservation was for a standard room. Why isn't the plural form of "mistake" ...
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Is "fruit" used as a countable or uncountable noun?

I don't know if "fruit" works as a singular or a plural in these cases: HOW MANY fruit(s) or HOW MUCH fruit do you eat a day? Today I have had three fruit(s).
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Can "one example of "be used with plural nouns?

Can " one example of " be used to describe two examples as follows? In my language, these sentences sound natural. Sushi and Tempura are one example of Japanese foods. Sushi and Peking duck ...
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Person like me or People like me? Any difference?

Not that I don't know about singular and plural, but whenever I use this phrase, it always makes me think for seconds as to which I should use. For instance, You know, people/a person like me will ...
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If I feel pain (feel a pain) in several different parts of my body, do I have to use the plural form of pain?

I know “feel pain” means a feeling of suffering in a more general way and “feel a pain” is usually used to refer to a feeling of hurting in a specific part. But I am thinking whether I need to change “...
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Singluar or plural word with two modifiers

I have an effect that is made up of two parts and I have written the following sentence to describe them: We test the importance of the status-enhancing and the status-suppressing components of the ...
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is/are - in given scenario

My biggest fear is cockroaches and spiders. My biggest fears are cockroaches and spiders. My biggest fear are cockroaches and spiders. Are all these sentences grammatically correct? If not which are ...
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Is it enough or are these enough?

Suppose my mom asks me to fetch her medicine. I don't know how many pills she is going to take. I take five and show her the pills that I'm holding in my hand. What would likely I say in this ...
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is/are expected to land on Mars

In the following sentence, is the singular is correct? It's from CNN. In 2022, the European Rosalind Franklin rover and Russian surface platform Kazachok will launch and is expected to land on Mars ...
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"custom agents" vs. "customs agents"

Does one write "custom agents" or "customs agents"? I saw both: Wikipedia: "US and Canadian custom agents". gov.uk: "Search the register of customs agents and fast ...
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Is it correct to refer to a single " (double quotation mark) in plural?

I was sure that the " character is called double quotation mark and ' is called single quotation mark -- until I opened my InDesign CS6 and noticed that " is called double quotation marks (...
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Currency vs Currencies [duplicate]

In the scientific literature we can find many attempts to discover the drivers of cryptocurrency/cryptocurrencies returns. Which is better? Why?
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In a table like role and responsibility (R&R), start with singular or plural verb?

In a table like R&R, the subject is given in a column while the "Actions" are given in another column. See 1st picture attached. The reviewer corrected me that all verbs shall start with ...
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Generalizing with the: the child and the children

Schools should concentrate more on the child and less on exams. Schools should concentrate more on the children and less on exams. I have been told that those two sentences above are correct. Could ...
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densely packed construction/constructions

In the following sentence, should "construction" or "constructions" be used? The mere fact that they are cities, with densely packed construction, places their populations at ...
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building and maintaining trust

a. Building and maintaining trust is not an easy task. b. Building and maintaining trust are not an easy task. c. Building and maintaining trust are not easy tasks. Are the above sentences ...
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Should I use 'denote' or 'denotes' for several letters?

Do I need to use denote or denotes in the following math task? Given O 、A 、B 、C denotes the points x 、-2 、2 、6 on a number line , what value must x be to minimize O͞A2 + O͞B2 + O͞C2?
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Referring to more than one species as "fishes"

I have stumbled upon this picture. Is correct that one can refer to more than one species as "fishes"? Is it a common usage? None of the following site questions or online dictionary gave ...
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'Cloth shop' and 'Clothes shop'

My understanding of noun + noun as an English learner would always believe that the first noun of the construction I've mentioned above (noun + noun) is singular. So, I'd believe that Cloth shop is ...
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Singular/Plural dilemma in given context

The writers in that department write like they never read a book in their lives. The writers in that department write like they never read a book in their life. Is the second sentence grammatically ...
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'Your confusion' or 'your confusions'?

Suppose I talk to five people and they are confused about something. Which expression should I say? I understand your confusion. I understand your confusions. I've searched in the dictionary (OALD) ...
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Verb + thousands of [duplicate]

There's been thousands of problems with it. Or There have been thousands of problems with it. Which one is correct? I feel like there's something different because of thousands in the sentence ...
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We all have "a nose" or "noses"? [duplicate]

Q1) A. We all have a nose. B. We all have noses. Are they both equally fine? Q2) When each of us has a bag and the bags are of the same kind, A. We all have the same bag. B. We all have the same bags. ...
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