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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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watercolor or any type of water-based paint doesn't work/ watercolor or any type of water-based paint don't work

watercolor or any type of water-based paint doesn't work/ watercolor or any type of water-based paint don't work Is it doesn't or don't? Plural or singular?
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Plastic or Plastics, how different?

Each year 12 7 tonnes of plastic get thrown into the ocean and threaten marine life. If i change plastic into plastics, meaning will change?
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Tons of , as singular and plural?

The chamber wrote a letter to Boswell asking her to withdraw the bill, citing statistics from the World Economics Forum that say nearly 8 million metric tons of plastic get into the ocean every minute....
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success or successes? Which is natural?

All success with no failure often leads to a person to an arrogance. All successes with no failures often lead to a person to an arrogance. Two sentences are both correct or one of them is wrong? If ...
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Only dead fish “go” or “goes”?

In the following quote, why does it use "go" instead of "goes"? Only dead fish go with the flow. Don't be a dead fish!
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Are subjects joined by “and” singular or plural? [duplicate]

Please, explain me should we refer to the subject as singular or plural, when there are multiple subjects in one sentence joined by the conjunction "and". I have the sentence as an example. Can we ...
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There is vs there are?

There is the brother and the sister vs There are the brother and the sister If they were brothers and sisters would it be is or are?
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Are police here, aren't it\they?

1) If the word police is plural, then we have such a sentence Police are here Okay, no questions, but what to do with the tag question? Police are here, aren't it? or Police are here, aren'...
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Why do we use the plural of movies in this phrase “We went to the movies last night.”?

I found this sentence: We went to the movies last night. at the following URL: https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/movies Why do they use the plural "movies", why not use the ...
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Plural or singular after “either x or y object”

Which one is correct? Either in the first or second version Or, Either in the first or second versions
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apologies vs apology

How to define when a single apology or apologies are to be used in the case of a singular personal mistake? Is using my sincere apologies valid if there are multiple recipients or if you want to ...
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one or more [plural or singular]?

Should I use singular or plural after one or more? Example: One or more [signal/signals]
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Diploma or diplomas? (Grammar)

Let's say there were men who went to school. Each student was at least obtained only 1 diploma (undergraduate). Then which sentence is grammatical? The figure for Australian men who studied at ...
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Do we use Sunday's or Sundays

Which sentence is correct? If only all Sunday's were so smooth. vs If only all Sundays were so smooth
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Should I say “they're my brother and sister” or “that's my brother and sister”?

This is a stand alone sentence, used as an exercise in learning Mandarin Chinese. It has no context. I feel that it is more natural to say "that's my brother and sister", in English. Am I wrong?
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Is “staff” singular or plural?

In the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary there is an example for "get by": We can get by with four computers at the moment, but we'll need a couple more when the new staff arrive. (Emphasis ...
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As each of them touches down… is it touch or touches?

Context: Paratroopers are landing. My brain says it should be: "As each of them touch down,..." but then again, it could be "As each of them touches down,..." You could argue that plural noun/...
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Can the word “heel” be used in singular form in the phrase “on the heels of”?

I read a sentence in The Hindu which was This comes close on the heel of recent launch of Spotify in the country. Can the word "heel" be used in singular form in the phrase "on the heels of"?
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Services - plural or singular? [closed]

Is the following sentence correct? There aren't lifeguards services in this season Specifically, I’m wondering if the word services should be plural or singular.
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Which article to use with 'are'?

I read the following sentence from an article online: We are a species trapped by a series of brightly lit screens. Is it grammatically correct? Or should it be "We are the species..."? Are both ...
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cities' sizes vs cities' size

The government should extend cities’ sizes by providing the infrastructure required for this expansion. Should I make it cities' size? The government should extend cities’ size by providing the ...
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When should you change 'Facility Manager' to 'Facilities Manager' or should it stay 'Facility Manager'?

In a document I am correcting the manager of the building is referred to as the Facilities Manager. Should it be Facility Manager if they are only the manager of one building? And when would, if ever, ...
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if referencing something contained in an Appendix, would I say appendix's?

So my paper is about a particular book and i'm referencing one of the appendices for my argument. The title of the appendix is Nagel's brain, and i'm trying to say the quote is from the appendix's/...
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Should I use singular or plural in this sentence?

Mrs V, together with her children, jog or jogs in the park every weekend. Thank you.
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Some children are from (broken families / a broken family)

I’m always confused on how to make sentences that have plural subjects and they belong to a group. I want to make a general statement that "some children are from a broken family" but I’m not sure ...
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Grammatical error in this sentence?

A doubt assails me while reading this paper. We can define events that occur if the random variable takes one values that satisfy a numerical test. I wonder if the above sentence is grammatical? ...
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There has/have been a lot of advertisements – singular or plural with “a lot of”

There has been a lot of advertisements. There have been a lot of advertisements.
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the **diameter** of two ropes VS the **diameters** of two ropes

The experiment is designed to measure the diameter of two ropes The experiment is designed to measure the diameters of two ropes Since there are more than one ropes, I am wondering the form of "...
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Plural vs Singular

I am having a hard time when I should use plural/singular subject when I want to talk about general things. Here are some examples that I find confusing: 1-a) A crown was a kind of hats that was ...
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The renovation and extension of the building WAS / WERE completed

I've run into the following sentence: The renovation and extension of the building were completed in 2017. Is the verb to agree with what has been done to the building - or the building itself? '...
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“The first five questions” – singular or plural?

Which sentence is true grammatically? Why? The first five questions is related ... The first five questions are related ... some guys have argued that " The first five questions" is an unit itself ...
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“expectation” VS “expectations”

Near-term sentiment has shifted to the euro, amid market expectations that the Federal Reserve will put brakes on raising rates. Near-term sentiment has shifted to the euro, amid market expectation ...
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single or plural with “mixture of ”

I wonder what is the correct verb with my following sentence: Mixture of Gaussians show a good model fit. or mixture of Gaussian shows a good model fit. I think the second one is correct, ...
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First “numbers” count nouns is plural or singular?

So I have this line of sentence: This only applies to the first 100 people signing up. When I see the word "applies", I am confused, is "first 100" plural, or singular? Or it should've been "apply"...
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''source of people's income“ VS ”source of people's incomes"

Employment is a major source of people's income. Employment is a major source of people's incomes. If I want to say working is a major way for people to make pay, which one to choose?
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Income or incomes?

Today I read in an article : ...when your incomes grow.... My question is, should it be incomes or income? In first case suppose, I have a one source of income. In that case I can say: when my ...
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choosing is vs are

When using listing something using "and" it's almost always going to require are, but I was wondering if this sentence is correct. "Money and fame is not the answer." I question it since I feel like ...
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reduced oxygen levels is / are a problem? [duplicate]

I'd like to know whether "is" or "are" should be used in the following on standardized tests: Reduced oxygen levels in the river is / are a problem for aquatic life. I'd appreciate your help.
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Singular vs plural: maths

There's no doubt in my mind that most people reading this will have been faced with this most tedious question: should I use maths as a singular/plural noun in the following sentence? [random ...
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A problem with “news”

I know news doesn't have a plural, but what is correct in the following example: We must recognize real news from fake one. or We must recognize real news from fake ones. Thank you in advance
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“It is actually earphones” - is this correct despite “earphones” being plural?

My friend asks me "What is this in your ears?" and I answer "It is actually earphones" Is it correct? Do I refer to them (earphones) as for a group of objects?
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“spirit of the law” VS “spirit of the laws” VS “spirit of law”

we should uphold the spirit of the laws to build a society based on the rule of law. we should uphold the spirit of the law to build a society based on the rule of law. we should uphold the spirit ...
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Is pronoun it really singular? Google transla

Hi, I've used Google translator to translate a bunch of positive and negative sentences from Ukrainian, where the subjects of the clauses are plural. And I am really confused about, is it singular ...
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a / the occasional game

I'd like to know which of the following is natural English: Although Jimmy prefers to read in his leisure time, he does play occasional baseball games with us. Although Jimmy prefers to read ...
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Is “a sequence of” singular or plural?

I'd like to confirm if a sequence of steps is singular or plural. For example, which of the following is correct: A sequence of steps is performed. A sequence of steps are performed.
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I find it hard to describe things about sea(or seas)

I am always have trouble expressing ideas about sea(or seas?) Like, if I was talking with our friends about whether or not we could see sea in our hometowns. I was struggling to express the idea ...
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“types” vs “type” with each and all

I have different functions. Each function is able to deal with only one thing. If I have 3 variables, X1, X2, and X3, then, I can fit three different functions to these variables. One function to each ...
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What to use with “all”? [closed]

Sentence 1. All works of creative writing have aesthetic appeal. Sentence 2. All work of creative writing have aesthetic appeal. Which one is/are correct?
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Can I use a plural noun before “on of the”?

Is it correct to use a plural noun before "one of the" and in the following sentence should I use "are" or "would be"? if the sentence is incorrect please let me know the correct version. ...
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Is it reasonable to assume plurality? [closed]

In a more math/logical concept, a set refers to a collection of objects. In particular, it allows an empty set, a set with 1 item, etc. Suppose I say, "A is a set of numbers" In a relatively ...