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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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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What is the correct choice for the sentence below? [duplicate]

The sentence is "I'd like a cake and a cup of tea, please." Waiter: "............" A. Here it is. B. Here they are. what is the correct answer to put in the space for the waiter? ...
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“a shortage” vs “shortages”

The long hot summer has led to a serious water shortage. The long hot summer has led to serious water shortages. What is the difference between these two examples? When can we use "shortages&...
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Is “walk” in this sentence correct? Could it be replaced with walks or will walk? [duplicate]

Almost every creature you see, besides the elephants, walk on two legs, like me.
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One of the elements is/are not skyscrapers

One of the elements for measuring development is/are not skyscrapers. Should I use is here which influences one, or are which influences skyscrapers?
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Is it alright to say “They have the same towel” meaning Person A has the same towel as Person B.”?

I recently heard someone saying “They have the same towel.” That person wanted to say someone has exactly the same towel as someone else has. To me it sounded a little strange because it sounded ...
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“31 million answers compared to 11 million” or 11 millions?

I read on https://meta.stackexchange.com/q/361097/178179: [Stack Overflow has] more than 31 million answers, compared to 11 million for the rest of the network. Should million be in plural of ...
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who makes a lot of noise

A says: Our neighbors make a lot of noise. B asks: Who make a lot of noise? Your neighbors above you or the ones below? Is B's sentence correct in this context or should it be 'who makes'? ============...
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Can “any ” be used with “each”?

Assume that there are many car's catalogs, and each catalog lists a different type of car. I would like to know whether the sentence below I created based on this assumption is correct: This type of ...
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Singular vs. plural in the term “works” for an industrial facility

The term works is used for industrial facilities, like ironworks and steelworks. Despite the -s suffix, I've seen it used as a singular form. I don't think there is distinct word for the plural form. ...
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Is this sentence correct? How should I frame it?

Why does every guy has to / have to say that or use that sentence? Should I use has or have? I can't really figure out the singular or plural.
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Plurals: “As matters of fact”, “As matter of facts”, and “As matters of facts” which one(s) when? if any?

I am wondering which one is correct or when/where one should use them: As matters of facts, A did X and B did Y. As matters of fact, A did X and B did Y. As matter of facts, A did X and B did Y. I ...
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Use of the singular/plural in “there is a multitude” [duplicate]

I understand that "multitude" expresses a collective noun. While writing the sentence: There is a multitude of articles and blog posts written on the topic, the Google doc spellcheck ...
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What difference does it make when we pluralize certain nouns instead of others?

For example: We need to be able to tell the differences between each kind of problem. We need to be able to tell the differences between each kinds of problem. We need to be able to tell the ...
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Refer to “the industry” as they?

"The airline industry is not happy with the government's decision, it says/they say $20 billion is not enough" I know the industry is singular but is it ok to use "they" since it's ...
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Can “arrange ” be used with a singular object?

Suppose that there are many coins, and the coins are divided in two groups. Based on this, I created two sentences below. The first group of coins is arranged in a ring, the second group of coins is ...
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Why is “lies” plural in “Everything is secrecy and lies”?

I found this sentence: Everything is secrecy and lies. Why is "lies" pluralized? Is there a rule? I would put a singular form here.
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“a nice breeze” vs “nice breezes”

You need to open the windows to get a nice breeze/nice breezes in the house. Can we use both versions? I have heard an American say “a nice breeze”, but that sounded confusing because of the singular ...
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Move your table or move your tables. For plural

When I'm in a class with my colleagues, I have noticed that some teachers say "move your tables" and others say "move your table" without s. all of them talk to us as a group, ...
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Do you pluralize the word 'garment'?

For example, do you say: 'I want to buy cloth garment', or 'I want to buy cloth garments'? I more specifically would like to know the answer to cases like this, when it's getting multiple or all of ...
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Why do we use the plural “chances” and “odds” to talk about probability?

Probability in mathematics is just a number between zero and one. For example, we say, "The probability of this happening is fifty percent." However, in many statements, we use "chances&...
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Each individual or group is/are [duplicate]

When using each combined with or , which is correct: Each individual or group is happy. Each individual or group are happy. Each individual or group is filled with laughter. Each individual or group ...
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Do I use is or are in this example?

A third of U.S.'s population is immigrants. A third of U.S.'s population are immigrants. I heard that in the Britain it would be different than the US.
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No one thinks/no one think- which to use in given context?

No one, not even the doctors, think you're in trouble health-wise. No one, not even the doctors, thinks you're in trouble health-wise. Is the first sentence grammatically incorrect because the verb ...
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newspaper - plural vs singular

I stumbled upon such a sentence in a book: Every year millions of acres of forest are cleared to make the paper for newspaper. In my opinion, the plural form, newspapers, would sound more natural. ...
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Which one is grammatically right? : “ Population” or “Populations”

I'm not sure whether the plural form below would be correct. Many public officials are seeking out ways to increase the populations of their towns. At first, I thought that it would be better to use ...
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“Water and milk is/are” [duplicate]

When do we use a collection of uncountable nouns? Which form of the verb should we use? Singular or plural? E.g.: "Water and milk is/are essential." "Courage and bravery is/are ...
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“functions of {intensity/the intensity/intensities} with respect to wavelengths” Which option is correct?

What is the correct option from the three below, please? Is it better to use plural or singular? Should be there the articles? ... are functions of intensity (or flux) with respect to wavelength. ... ...
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One of the ones - singular or plural?

Should the singular or plural be used after one of the ones? You're one of the ones that understand(s) me I've seen a native speaker use the singular form (which likely makes it at least acceptable),...
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Their relationship with (relationship plural or singular)

I saw a title of an article: happiness, anxiety and their relationship with diseases I am confused. Why it is "their relationship", not "their relationships". Shouldn't there be ...
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Have/has sentence usage in the following sentences. Can someone help me with it?

Does Jules have/has feelings for him? Does Jules have/has the golden touch? Does Jules have/has a plan? Have is plural and has is singular. So technically for the last sentence, I should choose have. ...
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Their + Singular or plural nouns

Most of the employees prefer to eat their lunch/lunches at their desk or desks. My question is: is it lunch/lunches and desk or desks? Is the word "their" here referring to individual or ...
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Extension of a meaning

For example, if someone's heart is shot with a gun, I can say Someone is shot with a gun. Then, if someone is shot with a gun, and there are people consisting of the person who is shot with a gun, ...
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“Many a student has passed the SAT examination”

How can this be a correct statement? , I am confused about the “Many a student” part. Using “Many” & “a” together doesn’t make sense to me.
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Is there singular/plural list on the web?

Sometime it's necessary to determine if a word is singular or plural (to know which article to use or not to use). Is there some kind of dictionary that tells whether a word is singular or plural?
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Plural or single verb to describe each indivisual of similar things

I wrote: The answer to the following questions is a span of the given text. I mean each answer to each question. Should I write it like: The answers of the following questions are spans of the ...
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“there is/are not only one but many …”

I have a sentence along the lines of There is/are not only one, but many of these synchrotron radiation sources around the world. So I have to decide between is and are. I have the feeling that I ...
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has / have been appropriated?

I was told that sums of money take a singular verb. What about the following sentence? Which auxiliary verb should be used? Eight million dollars have/has been appropriated for research into this ...
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Using a plural possessive pronoun for a singular noun?

I am aware that this structure is called "distributive plurals". However, after much research, I feel no closer to the answer. I am writing for a website where the gender of the Members is ...
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Depends on vs depend on

The type of music peter listens depends on his mood or The type of music peter listens depend on his mood. My question is which one is correct? And which word determines it: music, Peter or listens?
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Give a simple answer: Which is correct: Was the pasta cooking or Were the pasta cooking?

Give me a simple answer please: Is it Was the pasta cooking or Were the pasta cooking? Which is correct because I had a debate with my teacher over it. (I'm from Europe)

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