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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Monkeys have long tails/tail

What should come in here: tail or tails? Monkeys have long tails. Monkeys have long tail.
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“Remember your lunch/lunches”

A mother has lined lunch boxes up on the breakfast bar. Her three kids are about to head out the door without them, so she says: Remember your lunch./Remember your lunches. Question: If there is one ...
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“The couple argue/argues” in American English

In American English, should "argue" or "argues" be used in the following? The couple often argue/argues about how to raise their kids.
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Should I use singular or plural when describing the same thing in different year

Year share of collected solid waste in total solid waste generated 2000 25% 2005 30% 2010 35% 2015 40% 2020 45% I want to describe the data inside the above table, but I am not sure I am using ...
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“play a joke on” or “play jokes on”?

Is the following sentence correct? Sometimes he likes to play a joke on his sister. I feel like it should be Sometimes he likes to play jokes on his sister. but I'm not sure about it. Could anyone ...
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Plural or singular noun in a negative sentence? Depends on the context?

I was not sure I should use a plural or singular noun in a negative sentence. But later, I thought it might depend on the context. Do you think my explanation below is correct? Example 1: A: I have ...
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"The maximum VALUE/ VALUES of A and B is 5 and 7, respectively [duplicate]

the maximum value of A and B is 5 and 7, respectively. or the maximum values of A and B are 5 and 7, respectively. Which one is correct? I mean A = 5, B = 7.
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Plural or single—at velocities or at velocity [duplicate]

Hypothetical Case There are 2 types of cars that move at constant velocity on the road. The first type move at velocity 90 (km/hr), and the second type move at velocity 95 (km/hr). How it is proper in ...
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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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“boxes of strawberries” or “boxes of strawberry”?

"Give me six boxes of strawberry" or "Give me six boxes of strawberries" As far as I know, the word "strawberry" is a countable noun in English. If so, then the second ...
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What would be the correct way to title an event, where I am about to introduce several projects - “project intro” vs. “projects intro”?

To elaborate just a little bit: there seem to be well-known cases where a similarly built phrase obviously refers to multiple instances of something, whereas the noun is used in its singular form ...
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How to use singular form of noun for plural things?

"The villagers reared goat and buffalo" is the same as "The villagers reared goats and buffaloes" even though the noun forms used for the animals in the two sentences are different....
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value of variables “is” or “are” same

We have x=12 and y=12 . How should we write: The value of x and y are same and equal or The value of x and y is same and equal
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“Access right” vs “Access rights”

I'm writing the user documentation for a software. This software allows to define several access rights to data (say "read", "write" and "manage"). In this context, I ...
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Use “There’s” with Plural Nouns [duplicate]

I hear a lot things like: There's tons of papers. Is this acceptable? Related: There's with plural nouns - Redlinels By the way, what about a contraction there're?
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distance between the first and second particle(s)? [duplicate]

I mean the distance between the first particle and the second particle. Should I say: distance between the first and second particle or distance between the first and second particles ?
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“The monster uses either its X or Y {ability/abilities}”

I am writing a science fiction short story and would like some clarification. For the following sentence, which is correct: ability or abilities? A brief explanation of why is also appreciated. The [...
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plural form of a person? [closed]

The country needs to produce more Elvis Presleys to revive the rock music scene. The country needs to produce more Elvis Presley to revive the rock music scene. Should you put an s after Presley or ...
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Meaning of “The trousers I bought yesterday are too long”

I understand that some words like trousers,scissors, ... are used in a plural form and to refer to a single pair we can use "a pair of". So whether sentences like "my new trousers are ...
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Can “research work” be treated as a plural noun?

I know "research works" does not make sense. (I think I heard "works" is only used for art pieces.) The problem is that I want to use "research work" to indicate multiple ...
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Plural + like + singular, plural or singular?

When we mention one (singular) speicific thing from a group (plural), is it singular or plural? This is a fragment of a sentence taken from an English novel: ..., but kids like Bryce have only come ...
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my friends who have cars [duplicate]

a. My cousins who have cars like the new regulation. Can I use use (a) if all my cousins who are car-owners own one car each? b. My cousins who have a car like the new regulation. Can I use (b) if ...
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Why do you say “People Management” (“people” is plural) but not “Person Management” (“person” is singular)?

When it comes to a noun + noun compound, the former is usually in its singular form. But why do you say "people management", not "person management"? If this is about managing a ...
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Plurality of fraction that has an assigned mathematical symbol

I am aware of the general rule that the plurality of a fraction matches the plurality of the thing it modifies, as in “a fraction of investors are informed.” Does this change when I assign a ...
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panel the walls with two layers of metal plate (metal plate or metal plates or the metal plate or the metal plates?)

panel the walls with two layers of metal plate metal plate or metal plates or the metal plate or the metal plates or with the metal plate of two layers or two layers of a metal plate or with a metal ...
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Using “there is” with plural nouns

As far as I know there is is used with singular and there are with plural nouns. However, the following table says: There is .81 ounces of sugar in an orange. How can it be explained? Note: I know ...
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kids between x and z years old or year old

I am confused which one should I use? 10% of kids between 9 and 12 year old Or, 10% of kids between 9 and 12 years old
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Is the plural better in “help the weak(s)”?

There is a sentence: Monkey king uses a magic stick to fight bad people and help the weak. As you can see, the author used the weak in the third line from the end of the composition above. My question ...
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noun phrase or not subsumed into the word snow

Do you say (1) "There was three feet of snow" or (2) "There were three feet of snow" when referencing the amount of snow and NOT three-feet made of snow! I.e. is the phrase "...
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“I became good friend with the man I met yesterday.” or “I became good friendS with the man I met yesterday.” [duplicate]

I became good friend with the man I met yesterday. I became good friend{s} with the man I met yesterday. Should "friend" be in plural or singular? Which one is right: "friend" or ...
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Should we use “kelvins” or “kelvin” when referring to temperatures higher than one?

Should one say 200 kelvins or 200 kelvin? Please provide a source to the answer, as that would be much appreciated.
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“gray fox heads” or “gray foxes' heads”

The hunter hid the gray fox heads below the bed. The hunter hid the gray foxes' heads below the bed. I am wondering if gray fox can be singular or not. Is this ok to use the singular when used as an ...
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“part of the time”, but “a good part of the day”?

Citation from Definition of "part" noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary: We spent part of the time in the museum. We spent a good part of the day rehearsing. Question Are ...
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Earring, don't use is or are? Pronouns “it” or “they”

I know that sunglasses, scissors, pants are plural. How about earring? If it's a pair (both left and right are alike), do we say "I love them" or "I love it"? I got a present from ...
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“Jewelry By Jan” or “Jewelries By Jan”, the correct brand name considering they design more than one type of jewelry?

considering that the person designs more than one type of jewelry, is the brand name "Jewelry By Jan" grammatically correct? Or it has to be "Jewelries By Jan" instead? Thanks.
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Plurality in “A second set of motors [is/are] attached there”?

A typographer sent back some corrections: My sentence: "A second set of motors are attached there". His correction: "A second set of motors is attached there". I checked on this ...
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Is it Awards Winners or Awards Winner?

The event name is "Excellence Awards Winners Celebration" are we using the correct wording? We have multiple winners of awards in different categories.
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Why use “has” for a plural subject here? [closed]

As you can see from the picture, this is a paragraph from Time. I think "memories" is the subject, but "has" is used here. Did I get it wrong?
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Should I use “give” or “gives” in this statement:

Should I use "give" or "gives" in this statement: Our team of Ag professionals, with countless years of experience, give you the kind of home field advantage that goes unmatched.
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Why do we pluralize “congratulations” when we say it?

I just thought about this today. Normally when something good happened to some friend we would say "congratulations" to them but we make it plural, instead of "congratulation". I ...
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Are subjects joined by “or” singular or plural?

When the or between the two subjects is exclusive I think people generally use the singular form: I'm still not sure if pizza or curry is the best option. But when considering a sentence with ...
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When you say “What classes is/are the homework for” do you use is or are?

I'm unsure, in the sentence, since the "to be" verb is applying to homework, but comes after a plural, which is used? What classes is the homework for? What classes are the homework for?
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singular nouns after a plural possessive form

This is perhaps a bit of a strange question, but it's bugging me no end. I know that it is acceptable to use both a singular and a plural noun after a plural possessive, e.g. "..this influences ...
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One of my family members was or were? [duplicate]

"One of my family members were/was sick last night." In this sentence should I use was or were? Please explain. Which one is subject and why? Please explain with detailed information. I am ...
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“I saw one of my classmates who was/were?” [closed]

Which one is correct? Please explain. I saw one of my classmates who was also on the boat while travelling to Saint Martin. I saw one of my classmates who were also on the boat while travelling to ...
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“legal protection” vs “legal protections”

The following is an example from the Cambridge dictionary: The proposed law is intended to provide legal protections for farm workers. What would be the difference between "protection" and ...
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Should it be “the response” or “responses” in this sentence?

Should it be "the response" or "responses" in this sentence? After reviewing the main features, benefits, and risks of fintech, this paper examined the domestic trend of fintech ...
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Do we put the indefinite article before “scales”?

(In British English) What do we say? I weigh food on a scales or I weigh food on scales And what is the difference between scale and scales?
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Why is the answer singular and not plural? (Phenomenon/Phenomena)

During one of our English language classes, we came across this sentence where we needed to cross the wrong word out: The statistics, carried out by a university, reveals that two-thirds of the adult ...
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Plural or singular? After the word “any” [duplicate]

I often get confused which one to use after any. Or are both correct? Do you have any room available on March 22nd? Do you have any rooms available on March 22nd?

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