Questions tagged [singular-vs-plural]

For questions about the difference between singular and plural forms of a word; when they should be used, or the difference between them.

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That vs which in the following sentence

I read the following sentence in today’s newspaper : Which trader will invest in large warehouses if the government suddenly imposes stock limits that make him a criminal? I have two questions- 1)I ...
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Simple Explanation Needed

I have a friend from Japan who wants a simple explanation. Which is correct? "These are their bags." "This is their bags."
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Singular versus plural verb with ratios: 1 in 8 adults have/has X

Should I use a singular or plural verb form after a ratio? *About 1 in 4 adults drink/drinks more alcohol than is recommended for good health. *About 1 in 8 adults have/has an alcohol use disorder. I ...
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Glasses referred to as “it”, i.e. singular, by a native speaker

I've been taught that glasses (as in spectacles i.e. visual aid) are plural. It's also confirmed by numerous hits on the google (reference 1, reference 2, reference 3). In case the multiplicity of the ...
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“one or more child” or “one or more children” [duplicate]

Which one of the following sentences is correct? one or more child Or one or more children
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It's you who are/is different

A: You've changed. B: No, it's you who has/have changed. I'm not sure about whether we use the 'singular' or 'plural' in this type of sentence. More example sentences: "It's you who is/are ...
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Which pronoun should I use after “lots of paper”? (“it” v “them”)

Does this sentence sound grammatically correct? He used lots of paper and cut them into different sizes. Or should I use it instead?
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in such case or in such a case?

In the following sentence, is the indefinite article necessary? The word "case" is a countable noun, and I expected an indefinite article in front when it's used in singular form. If you ...
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Plural Vs Singular? “different climate(s?) at either side(s?) of the mountain”

Would you please clarify for me what would be the difference in meaning between the following phrases? different climate at either side of the mountain different climate at either sides of the ...
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“The opposite / opposites of these words”

I am rather confused as to what to say: The opposite of these words. or, The opposites of these words. When I think that as we are talking about one opposite for each word we should use the former ...
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Muscle or Muscles

Every time I look up anything fitness related I get confused between 'muscle' and 'muscles.' Do we say: How to build muscle. - here I'm talking about all the muscles in my body but some pages still ...
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Should “income” in the following sentences be plural or singular?

Which of the following sentences is correct? The monthly income of households in the first and tenth groups differed by HK$101,230. The monthly incomes of households in the first and tenth groups ...
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A single line of 'code' or 'codes'?

What and why should I use, a single line of 'code' or 'codes'? Example sentence: Today we don't need to write a single line of codes to do anything
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noun: plural or singular?

In this sentence: "Mountains and lakes are typical of the landscape(s) in Switzerland." landscape should be used singular or plural? Why?
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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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Using Plural word with the conjunction “And”

Which one of the below is wrong and why? We get values for possibilities X and Y. We get values for possibility of X and Y. We get values for possibilities of X and Y. The question has some ...
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“All hopes are gone!”

Is there any grammatical problem using 'hope' as a plural noun? Can't we say: All hopes are gone I wrote in a sentence but the Grammar software marked it incorrect. It says it has to be: All hope ...
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Singular or plural, subject verb agreement

Let's suppose I am talking about people in general, but my subject of the talk is 'people', the plural noun. Now, which of the following fit best? Their heart turns to piety. Their hearts turn to ...
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Do we have to use singular nouns after “plenty of”?

In the following sentence from Interchange 2 Teacher's book page T-226: They have plenty of room and I'm sure they'll be happy to have guests. I think the word room does not refer to space and it is ...
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“There is/are a fridge, a chair and a table in the kitchen.”

There is a fridge, a chair and a table in the kitchen. or There are a fridge, a chair and a table in the kitchen.
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They vs it–which to use here?

At the restaurant I had X and Y. They were out of this world! At the restaurant I had X and Y. It was out of this world! X and Y are two separate dishes. Now in the first sentence, the usage of they ...
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Is the form of the verb right?

"France have won their second World Cup title." Why is it have and not has? France isn't plural, right?
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Singular instead of plural noun in context question?

Can you use singular (cottage) or (cottages) plural for these sentences and both sentences mean the same thing? Are both correct? Ex1 • A lot of people are going to their cottages this weekend. • ...
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Class of people that contain vs contains

Can you please help with which one is correct? That class of people contains unrelated members. That class of people contain unrelated members. My grammar software assigned both as correct. I would ...
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“Wage” vs “Wages”. Another use of “wages”

Laura was complaining for a wage. Laura was complaining for the wage. Which one would be correct?
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Why is “science” in “Bachelor of Science” singular, whereas “arts” in “Bachelor of Arts” is plural?

In the following degrees — "Bachelor of Science" and "Master of Science" — "science" is an uncountable or singular noun. In contrast, in "Bachelor of Arts" and ...
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More **state** and more complex

public Customer FindLuckyCustomer(IEnumerable<Customer> customers) { foreach (Customer customer in customers) if (IsLucky(customer)) return customer; return null; } ...
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“material” vs. “materials”

From Cambridge Dictionary, Meaning of "lesson" [ C ] a period of time in which a person is taught about a subject or how to do something From Cambridge Dictionary, Meaning of "...
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“a new English technique” vs. “techniques”

From a tutorial There are seven possible intonation patterns in English: rising falling rising-falling falling-rising flat high low When I refer to those patterns, should I consider "technique&...
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Make or Makes within a sentence?

Are both of these statements acceptable grammatically? Receiving homemade cupcakes make me feel special. Receiving homemade cupcakes makes me feel special.
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'One type of [noun]' v. 'one type of [plural noun]'

I have a suspicion that you can use all nouns after 'type of' as if they are uncountable nouns regardless of what dictionaries say, e.g. 'a type of pie' instead of 'a type of pies' (if you think 'a ...
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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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“There are a piano and a phonograph in the room”

There are a piano and a phonograph in the room or There is a piano in the room I am kind of confused between these two.
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Equipment or equipments? [closed]

I am having a conversation with some international learners of English. I am assuming that the term equipment is singular and plural. A chat friend insists that the term equipments is the appropriate ...
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What does “they” refer to in this sentence?

WHEN A CRICKETER reaches 100 runs, they have the chance to reflect on what they have achieved, but also to take a “fresh guard” so they are ready for the challenges that await. As we know "they&...
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“Let’s try them in a sentence” vs. “Let’s try them in some sentences”

A tutorial introduces some rules about pronunciation when one word ends with a consonant sound, and the next word starts with the same consonant sound, we link the sounds. And then some exceptions ...
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What’s their name?

I found in my book below sentence. Is it correct? What’s their name? If it's correct, I can answer "Their name is Alex and Ann.", isn't it? Is it spoken version of "What are their ...
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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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whose + [singular noun or plural noun?]

There are maybe five authors whose name will sell me a hardback and about fifty whose name will attract my attention to a paperback. Should 'name' be 'names'? as authors are plural. But I've also ...
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usage of “no such thing as”

From the Cambridge Dictionary I've told you before, sweetie, there's no such thing as ghosts! Which uses the plural form of ghosts following the phrase "no such thing as". From the Merriam-...
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Why is “many choices is” used here?

I saw a text from an article, which is given below: I want to know that why is is being used here. Here the subject is "choices" then why didn't the author use "choices are"?
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Used as a verb/the verb/verbs

Option A and Option B are used as a verb/the verb/verbs. In the above sentence, will we use "used as a verb", "used as the verb", or "used as verbs"? I want to know if "used as a verb" or "used as ...
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Here's how Refills work VS here are how Refills work

I saw an answer on this site. The link is: https://ell.stackexchange.com/a/250152/116295 He quoted a sentence that is "here's how Refills work" but I think it should be are because Refills is plural ...
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Can one say “In the case of X and Y”?

I am wondering if I can say In the case of A and B, the book does provide much information. I am asking this question, because "case" is a singular noun but A and B imply a plural phrase. I mean, ...
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A choice between singular and plural

A significant decrease in the score was observed 1 and 2 months after the intervention. Significant decreases in the scores were observed 1 and 2 months after the intervention. Which of the above ...
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“type of determiner” vs. “type of determiners”

From Cambridge Dictionary "A/an" and "the" are articles. They are a type of determiner and they go before a noun. "A", "an", and "the" are three determiners, while the tutorial uses the singular ...
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Don't show him what are in the box!

Two guys meet each other at night and one of them shows the other a box where there are three guns. Then a police officer appears and asks: What is in the box? Can the guy whom was shown the box ...
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-You are losers! - Who are losers!? We?

If two group of people meet each other and someone says: You are losers! Will it be correct if he will be answered like Who are losers!? We? Naaah, you are! Or it should be said like a singular ...
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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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Physical illness and physical illnesses

Is it correct to say "physical illnesses" in the next sentence? "People who feel unhappy and who are, therefore, unlikely to laugh so much, suffer more often from PHYSICAL ILLNESS." I had this ...

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