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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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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There are much\many *(un)countable* and *(un)countable*

I worry about a sentence in which I combine two objects which are (un)countable. For example: There is much water and sand in this lake There are much water and sand in this lake On the one hand, ...
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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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Is this a correct sentence: “I had a lot of troubles when I was young”?

When I talk about the difficulties I experienced when I was young, can I say "I had a lot of troubles when I was young"? Or should I use the singular version after the word "have"? I think I am not ...
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She and I are in different cities or she and I are in a different city

She and I are in different cities She and I are in a different city Which sentence is correct? I intuitively chose the first one until I saw the lyrics of the song 'Good as Gold' My heart ...
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When telling a grammar rule, should I use plural or singular?

Alice doesn't know about linking verb at all, so she asks Michael to explain the meaning and the usage of linking verb. Michael says A linking verb is a verb that is used to describe a state of ...
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Are vs is usage

An automated review of ServiceNow accounts are carried out frequently to disable unused accounts. Should we use are or Is here?
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At the enemies or at the enemy

The French used this tactic at the enemy. This tank as a special machine gun that fires 1000 round/s at the enemy. Should we use the plural "enemies" or is "enemy" fine? Why is that?
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Is “chip” the singular form of “chips”?

Consider this sentence: There is just one chip left in the bag. Is this sentence correct? Chips is the usual term used for the entire amount. I feel that it is a plural-only word, similar to money ...
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“work experiences” vs. “work experience”

Imagine that, I am the new manager to a team, I need to know about my team members' work history in this company and before this company. Last week, I reviewed all the employees' work experiences ...
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“got any eggs” vs. “got any egg”

Have we got any eggs? vs Have we got any egg? What is the difference between these two sentences in terms of meaning?
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Do I use a singular or plural verb?

I had this MCQ question one day when I was studying for my exams: All the proceeds from the fund-raising event _________ going to be donated to charity. The two MCQ options that I debated on was ...
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Why singlular + use instead of plural + use? (Eg. “drug use” instead of “drugs use”) [duplicate]

This question is probably asked over and over again, but I cannot come up with keywords that can clearly describe this question to a search engine. One of my friends has this fill-in-the-blank ...
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Two adjectives with different meaning for the same noun

Summer and Winter vacation are compulsory in our schools. Summer and Winter vacations are compulsory in our schools. which one is correct? As summer vacation and winter vacation are different, ...
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In the lyrics of ‘Into the unknown’

There’s a phrase saying: “Everyday’s a little harder, as I feel my power grow” Isn’t it supposed to be ‘grows’ instead of ‘grow’ going by the fact that ‘my power’ is considered as 3rd person singular?...
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How to refer to a series of pairs?

To enumerate all the pairs of jeans I have, using commas and without repeating "pair", may I put it like this: I have a pink, a black, a grey, two dark and a blue pairs of jeans. Should I ...
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Vacation and vacations

1)Summer and Winter vacation are compulsory in our schools. 2)Summer and Winter vacations are compulsory in our schools. Which is correct? If both are correct, what is the difference in meaning ...
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there is/ are loads of things you can buy

According to this website, a lot of, lots of, a load of and loads of take a singular verb if they refer to an amount of something uncountable and a plural verb if they are followed by a plural ...
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Is 'one in five (people/Americans)' etc. singular or plural?

Suppose, we have a sentence Only one in five Americans under 30 approve(s) of Donald Trump. Is 'one in five' and similar expressions grammatically plural or singular?
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Are even greater in number, or are even greater in numbers

Which use of number / numbers is correct, and why? Future estimates of the program’s second pilot phase are even greater in number and reduced impact on Alaska’s pristine environment. Future ...
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Which sentence is more correct and which form of verb should be used for the last sentence?

Which sentence is more correct and which form of verb should be used for the last sentence? The energy of sample A and the energy of sample B increase. The energy of sample A and that of B ...
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Illustrative example of [with/without article] something

I have a figure that describes a specific types of attacks known as hijacking (assume that). Should I write: Illustrative example of a hijacking attack Or Illustrative example of hijacking ...
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Plural or singular in “There (is/are) one cinema and two hotels there now.”

The exercise is to pick the correct verb in the following sentences: Last year there (was/were) two cinemas and one hotel on Apple street. There (is/are) one cinema and two hotels there now. ...
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“Tennis and basketball are played on a court.” OR “Tennis and basketball are played on courts.”

Tennis and basketball are played on a court. Tennis and basketball are played on courts. I have seen sentences similar to both of them in texts. But I am not sure that are they grammatically correct. ...
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“time vs. times” when referring to the current COVID-19 incidence?

An easy google search shows both "time" and "times" are used in describing the current COVID-19 pandemic. Is there any difference? Resources You Can Use in These Unusual Times from the National ...
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Are there execeptions to the rule that we always use singular forms to refer to singular objects and vice versa?

If that was the case, those movies would not have been successful. If that was the case, those movies would not have been a success. If that was the case, those movies would not have been successes. ...
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Livelihood vs livelihoods usage

I am really confused about the usage of livelihood and livelihoods in below sentences: "The falling orders for new ships mean that many shipyard workers are likely to lose their livelihood." "Many ...
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Using posession 's'

I have conducted several experiments using several devices. Each device is configured with a list of algorithms. I want to write a title to describe the algorithms used in the devices of the ...
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Singular or plural of nouns in describing general situation

source https://www.uptodate.com/contents/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19?source=history_widget 1) For people without respiratory symptoms, wearing a medical mask in the community is not ...
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Why do we use plural for the noun and singular for the verb in “Google Maps is different in different countries.”?

I think the sentence should be "Google Map is different in different countries.", since there's one world map, but not many of them. Even if we use "Google Maps", the copula should agree with the ...
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Is knowledge singular or plural?

I am not sure if I should add an article. Should I use a mean or means or a means?? Prior knowledge as means to combat ... Or, Prior knowledge as a mean to combat ... Or, Prior knowledge as ...

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