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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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is it correct in grammar to compare a plural noun to a singular noun?

For example, "their salaries are higher than mine". Is this sentence grammatically correct? Or we have to say "each of their salaries is higher than mine"?
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“These kinds of” or “these kind of”? [duplicate]

I'm using a grammar checking service. It tells me these kind of projects is wrong and should be changed to these kinds of projects. I'm not sure about the correctness of this suggestion, so I googled ...
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Should grammar be tweaked to fit in a fixed phrasing?

Problem 1 The same can be applied with larger units in the article, be it sentences or paragraphs. Should the nouns after "be it" must be singular? Because the phrase is "it", then I guess they ...
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“Different influences”?

Then trade would have different influence on wages and employment. This is a line I am writing. I know that "influence" is both a count and noncount noun and that it is used mostly uncountably to ...
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“the size of diagrams” or “the sizes of diagrams”

I have many diagrams with different sizes. I try to reduce the size of each diagram. Or: I reduce the sizes of diagrams Please tell me which one is correct and why?
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Is “experience” plural or singular

Is it grammatically correct to use the word experience to mean multiple experiences, and follow it by a verb without adding s. For example: Experience show that most people ...
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“here and there was a tent” VS “here and there were tents”

They trudged up the misty field between long rows of tents. Most looked almost ordinary; their owners had clearly tried to make them as Muggle-like as possible, but had slipped up by adding chimneys, ...
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“Any sort of situation” or “any sort of situations”

Once any sort of unique name(s) comes up, I'm lost. I lose it when any sort of strange situation(s) comes up. Since "situation" and "name" here are count nouns, should they be in the plural? The ...
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“Comment on their character” or “comment on their characters”?

I would like to say a few words to comment on their character(s). I am wondering if "character" in the sense of qualities of personality is a count noun and can be pluralized. Macmillan and Cambridge ...
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is versus are: “One in eight Denver residents is clinically depressed and most aren’t getting treatment, new study says”

A headline reads "One in eight Denver residents is clinically depressed and most aren’t getting treatment, new study says" "One in eight Denver residents is clinically depressed" I think is would be ...
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'the left and right hand of Peter' or 'the left and right hands of Peter'?

I know it is okay to say the left hand and the right hand of Peter But what if I want to abbreviate it?
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Several instances of the same object with different adjectives: singular or plural?

Should I say I've got a red, a blue and a yellow balloons. or I've got a red, a blue and a yellow balloon. ?
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When is “labor” countable and what does “labors” mean exactly?

I saw a line in the English subtitles of a non-English show: Stop playing. Go all out to fight me, or you will end up using up all of your labors. I first went and made sure the subtitles were ...
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number: a savings / saving in time and money?

I'd like to know whether "saving" or "Savings" should be used in the following: That move might mean a saving / a savings in time and money. Traditional grammar would lead me to expect the ...
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Why 'one of the… ' in this sentence uses 'are' instead of 'is'?

The sentence (emphasis added) is One of the most beautiful of the more than 100,000 known species in the order Lepidoptera are the tiger moths, moths known for the striking appeal of their ...
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“the Chinese and American people” VS “the Chinese and American peoples”

The Chinese and American people are both great people. The Chinese and American peoples are both great peoples. Which kind of wording is good?
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“there are concerns that” VS “there is concern that”VS “ there is a concern that”

However, there are concerns that they[certain drugs] could pose a serious health risk to humans. However, there is concern that they[certain drugs] could pose a serious health risk to humans. ...
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as much / many as

I'd like to know whether many or much should be used in the following: a. A whale could weigh as much / many as two tons. b. The company bought as much / many as two tons of cotton. I'd ...
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“get around regulation” VS “get around regulations”

Some people in the financial sector tried to get around regulation. Some people in the financial sector tried to get around regulations. It I want to convey the message that certain people want ...
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“fiscal revenue” VS “fiscal revenues”

Now, productivity growth without job creation and more fiscal revenue is unprecedented in economic history. Now, productivity growth without job creation and more fiscal revenues is unprecedented in ...
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Why 'was' used instead of 'were' in this sentence

Was he imagining it, or were Snape's eyes flickering towards Lupin more often than was natural? As I understand, the sentence is saying: were Snape's eyes flickering towards Lupin more often than ...
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“That” and subject verb agreement

Painting involves a fixed perspective and a form of rational thinking that engages sight. or Painting involves a fixed perspective and a form of rational thinking that engage sight. or ...
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Is it common to write “dreams” (in plural) even if it's composed of only one objective/item?

Let's say, there's this woman, Mary. Her dream is to have a baby. One day, she goes to the doctor and finds out her ovaries are dying very fast. Should I write dream with and s or without an s?: ...
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What is the word that means Singular OR Plural?

In the questions I see over and over people ask, "Is this word or noun plural or singular?" Is there a single word that can be used instead of "plural or singular"? Is it plurality or singularity? ...
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Shouldn't it be “government or other institutions”?

I encountered a line in a dictionary in print: designed to overthrow government: intended or likely to undermine or overthrow a government or other institution I find the usage of institution in ...
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If it's “double” why is it singular?

A double number is two identical numbers, e.g. 007 (double O seven) A double chin is someone who appears to have two chins A double feature is a program showing two feature-length movies A double D is ...
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singular or plural : doctor's bills?

Should I use "doctor's bills" or "doctors' bills" in the following? All the money went on doctor’s bills. I'd appreciate your help.
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Plural vs. singular forms in a question

I have a question that looks like: Do devices that select xx-functions after the owner's xx-functions enforcement support yy-functions? 1) Shall I used: Do devices that .. or Do the ...
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“A man's man” and “A ladies' man”

A man's man is a man who enjoys being with other men and doing sports and activities with them, and is popular with men rather than women. and a ladies' man is a man who is popular with women ...
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“have their own beliefs” VS “have their own belief”

Many ethnic groups have their own religious beliefs that are associated with unique traditions and styles in architecture, clothing, rituals, and diet. Many ethnic groups have their own religious ...
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These guys, especially Tom, is bad

Which of the following are correct? (A) These guys, especially Tom, are bad. (B) These guys, especially Tom, is bad. (C) These guys (especially Tom) are bad. I think (A) and (C) are correct, but I'...
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Price Or prices per unit?

Let's say, there're many units, which have different prices. I don't know what the price per unit is. I don't know what the prices per unit is. Which is correct? & What are the difference ...
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Plural or singular in these sentences

Consider the following sentences: Prisons are the best options for serial killers Prisons are the best option for serial killers Prisons are a necessary evil Prisons are necessary evils Are all ...
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Which one is a correct sentence 'classes has started' or 'classes have started'

When I asked why not the classes has started, one of my friend suggested a correction: "have started" My question is: which one is correct?
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Verb matching with a subject that is essentially plural, but is actually singular.

I was looking over my writing and it came to me, it referring to the question. This was the sentence, I was looking at. In particular, his mother’s French, with his father’s Russian ...
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A popular source of information **is** social networks of users

Consider this sentence: A popular source of information is social networks of users. What I mean here is that social networks in general (not any particular social network and not all of social ...
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“this is” or “these are”

I understand that we use "is" for singular and "are" is for plural. But I've heard so many times, for example: "This is my hands". And I don't remember other phrases where people use "this is" for ...
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criticism/criticisms/a criticism

I think he felt discouraged because of all the criticism he'd received. His report contained serious criticisms of the finance director and of the entire board of management. I didn't mean it ...
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When does the plural have to be used for words for numbers like “millions”?

For example, I understand in English I have to say 100 million persons. But the word "millions" also exist. In Spanish I would have to use the plural for million in the first sentence. Then when the ...
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Feelings she hardly (recognize, or recognizes)?

I'm confused what verb is correct. Feelings she hardly recognize. Feelings she hardly recognizes. Is the verb 'recognize' for 'she' or for 'feelings'?
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Verb with there

I read the following line in an article by Chetan Bhagat in The Times of India (emphasis mine): Was there wrongdoing? Well, there’s all kind of versions. Proving legal wrongdoing is an uphill task (...
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Why singlar form 'that was' has been used in “the scuffles and yelps coming from the whirl of fists that was Neville, Crabbe, and Goyle”

“Come on, Harry!" Hermione screamed, leaping onto her seat to watch as Harry sped straight at Snape -- she didn't even notice Malfoy and Ron rolling around under her seat, or the scuffles and yelps ...
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“How much are those jeans?” “which one/ones?”

The question How much are those jeans? Does it mean how much are those pairs of jeans? or how much is this pair of jeans? or possibly both? And when someone flatters me: I like your jeans ...
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Dozen/kilogram or Dozens/kilograms

I bought two dozen of mangoes. I bought two dozens of mangoes. My office buys five kilogram of paper every month. My office buys five kilograms of paper every month. In 1& 2 I think 1 is ...
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“a saving of ” VS “savings of”

And the investments and efforts that we will be making in 2016 and 2017 will mean savings of 15-16 million. And the investments and efforts that we will be making in 2016 and 2017 will mean a ...
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“people who puts … their mouth is” vs “people who put … their mouths are”

So you'd say you’re one of those people who puts their money where their mouth is? (http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/language/theenglishwespeak/2012/06/...
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'loss of life“ VS ”loss of lives"

This year’s target is reducing loss of life. In the context, it means to reduce fatalities. In my opinion, since there are many lives invovled, the above sentence should be worded like this: ...
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Haven’t, hasn’t, hadn't

Do I say His classmates hasn’t been interviewed?” Or haven’t or hadn’t? It is pretty confusing to me, especially the past perfect, present participle
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A number of… has or have?

A number of public scandals has recently led to new federal legislation, which is creating higher demand for forensic accountants. I had thought that since the subject is "A number (of)", "has" is ...
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Is it “is” or “are”?

The Great Lakes is/are a major highway for transportation, migration, and trade as well as home to a large number of aquatic species. I had thought "is" is correct since even though the Great Lakes ...