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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In this sentence “will reach you at best moments” the word moment or moments is correct?

In this sentence "will reach you at best moments" the word moment or moments is correct?
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“each + singular ” or “each + plural”

The server is connected to each PC in the class via cables. The server is connected to each PC in the class via a cable. I would like to know whether the two sentences listed above I created ...
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Usage of plural nouns with and without 'the'

Can I use the plural nouns in the given sentences with and without the. What difference in meaning does the create in the sentences? And as an English speaker which one sounds best to your ears? John,...
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Confusion about is/are in the subordinate clause

Which of the following sentences is/are correct? Is it just me or you guys too who are getting the notifications from WWE? Is it just me or you guys too who is getting the notifications from ...
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Which one is more used: tomato or tomatoes / strawberry or strawberries?

When asking "Do you like...?" or saying "I like or I don't like...", is it more idiomatic to put "tomato" or "strawberry" in the singular or in the plural?
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How to use the word “food” in the plural?

Is it correct and totally colloquial to ask someone "What are your favourite foods and drinks?" in order to ask about what different foods and drinks they like, not meaning the dishes? or should one ...
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Neither of my parents {drinks/drink} coffee [duplicate]

If you are given such sentence, Neither of my parents drinks coffee. Should the verb be "drinks" or drop the s?
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“crime or crimes”? & “are or is”?

I've read some essays in order to improve my english but I am confused about the first sentences whetever or not to be right. "Media should stop these crime like acts." or "Media should stop these ...
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“Raising up the dead” VS “Raising up the deads”

It seems the correct sentence would be : Raise up the dead Though "dead" is supposed to be about dead things or persons, which would be plural. So why wouldn't we say : Raise up the deads ?
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Al kinds of vegetables: singular or plural

Which one is correct: All kinds of vegetable vs. All kinds of vegetables? Thank you for your help
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Should I use food list or foods list?

I am not sure which one I should use. For example, I want to talk about a keto food list or a dairy-free food list. Or is it a dairy-free foods list? I see both spellings, even on reputable websites.
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Can a verb be “both” singular or plural

As the grammar says, we should always use a singular verb with a singular noun and a plural verb with a plural noun. We say: I speak. He speaks. Are they both (speak and speaks) singular ...
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Image directory or Images directory? (Pluralizing of attributive nouns)

(The original title of this question was "Image directory or Images directory?" I changed it later.) As I know, we say car park train station bookshelf I.e. the words "park", "station", "shelf" are ...
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When to use “a part”, “part”, and “parts”

I am wondering if this sentences are correct or not: "Mistakes are a part of a learning process" "Mistakes are part of a learning process" "Mistakes are parts of a learning process" And ...
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“Our content is all about geography quizzes” or “our content are all about geography quizzes”?

"Our content is all about geography articles" or "our content are all about geography articles"? Which one is correct? I thought the second one is but when I type it, the Grammarly tells me it's ...
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“that is” or “that are”

These are electric cars that is cars that run on electricity. or These are electric cars that are cars that run on electricity. To clarify cars that run on electricity does not add any new ...
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Both the old and the new bike[s?]

Say I have one old and one new bike. Should I write: Both the old and the new bike should be there. or Both the old and the new bikes should be there.
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Singular or plural uses of nouns?

For the following sentence, is it correct to say "On the left and right side" or "left and right sides", given that it's about two separate sides? Also, would you say "slices 110 and 100" or leave it ...
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How to pluralize 2 words

I have an organisation which has several branches. Now I have a list of all these branch names. How can I call this list? Branches name list? or Branch Names list? or Branches Names list? What is ...
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country name [plural or singular] [duplicate]

I saw this news headline: Japan defeat Scotland to progress to RWC Quarter Final Can country names be treated as plural nouns? This dictionary says it is a singular noun.
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“Other ideas **is** for instance…” or “Other ideas **are** for instance…”

How should I use the verb in a case where I am refering to the plural but am finishing the sentence in singular? Other ideas is for instance to take the bike. Other ideas are for instance to ...
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Everyone with plural usage

Everyone want their homes to be in the centres of cities Is this correct usage or is there any alternative way to convey the same?
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A list of item or items?

Is it grammatically okay to use a singular noun after "a list of"? For example, which one is correct among the following sentences? I have a list of item. I have a list of items. I thought the noun ...
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Is “number (as in amount) of things” considered singular or plural?

I am more inclined to say that it is singular, so I rather form sentences like: The number of chairs is N. I am not sure enough about it to insist about it, though. Is "is" correct? Is "are" ...
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One of the things that “fascinate/fascinates” us most about cats

One of the things that fascinates us most about cats is the popular belief that they have nine lives. Can I use "fascinate" not "fascinates" to direct to the "one"? I first thought that "fascinate’" ...
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Holiday vs Holidays

What sentence is correct and why: I spent my holiday at the seaside. I spent my holidays at the seaside. or Where do you want to go for a holiday? Where do you want to go for ...
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Why the term “diverse” can be used in singular form?

According to Collins, the meaning of the term "diverse" is "If a group or range of things is diverse, it is made up of a wide variety of things" so it seems it can be used to explain multiple things. ...
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woods - gramatically singular or plural

It is clear that "woods" is semantically plural, but what about gramatically? Can it be both singular and plural, as other collective nouns ? Example: The woods of this town contain many secrets. The ...
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What verb form should I use after “and/or”? “are” or “is”?

The sentence is the next: Item can't be represented in the graphic because its value on X and/or Y aren't defined. After "X and/or Y" should I use "aren't" or "isn't"? And if I use "X or Y, or ...
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The question/questions which one is this? or which ones are these?

Consider a sentence below. The question/questions "which one is this?" or "which ones are these?" force an identifying response. I am confused. Should I use "the question" or "the questions?" ...
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Questions on compund nouns in the form of 'A of B'

In this forest, we have ten different types of trees. Each type of trees needs a specific type of fertilizers. The choice of fertilizers is depending on the type of trees. Hi, I don't know when to ...
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Usage of plural form

When writing a sentence about a gentleman in his organisation, I come across a question of plural form usage. ...he retains his current role as the CEO of Company A and other JVs." Should the word ...
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“Are a”, plural / singular irony

I read on news that ... such checks are a must for ... why is the plural subject here followed by "a", a singular determiner?
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Observation or observations

I am so confused about the singular and plural forms of observation in academic writing. Here is an example: The improved model showed a better performance than the prior model based on ...
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Was or were at the start of question with multiple subjects? [closed]

Which is correct? Were intent, action or dishonesty established during the interview? Was intent, action or dishonesty established during the interview?
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Usage of “qualifications” and “hobbies”

When we enquire someone about one's qualifications and hobbies. Are the following questions correct and if so, can you please give justification. What are your qualifications? or What is your ...
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Grammatically , when can we use “you is” instead of “you are”?

Can we say "you is" instead of "you are"? For example; "You is smart"
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“It” used with plural nouns

Maybe it is an interference from my native tongue, but why is it correct to say “It is the locations that make this tournament special”. Since there is the pronoun “it” for singular, and “they” for ...
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A and THE, which is correct?

The sentence below A protocol is the language that a computer uses to communicate with other computers on the network. Is the usage of a/the correct? Can I change it to A protocol is a ...
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Is “a fraction” singular or plural?

I am confused about whether "a fraction" should be used as single or plural. I read this post: Should you use a plural verb if you refer to a fraction?, but it is still not clear to me. I understand ...
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When do we use “no women” instead of “no woman”?

When do we use "no women" instead of "no woman"? I thought we used "no woman" instead of "no women" by default, but it seems that some people do use "no women". Is there a situation where one is ...
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How both and each differ?

Attach a connector to each end of each cable. Attach a connector to both ends of each cable. I am not sure the 2nd sentence above I created is grammatically correct. I think it should be ...
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'you by our sides' or 'you by our side'

I'm writing a card, would it be correct to say: "We couldn't imagine saying "I do" without you by our sides" or "We couldn't imagine saying "I do" without you by our side"
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About the form of “service”, plural or single? [duplicate]

From designer city-centre hotels to palatial mansions and even private islands, Small Luxury Hotels of the World offers a unique and personal travel experience around the globe. From designer city-...
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“results' statistics” vs. “results statistics”

How should I write this. There are many results. we remove them them from our results' statistics vs. we remove them from our results statistics vs. we remove them from our result ...
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“response” data or "responses data2

I am not sure if I should use plural or singular. I have many responses. I have a sentence like: We summarise the responses data vs. We summarise the response Which one should I use?
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“connect artist and listener” VS “connect artists and listeners”"

A STEINWAY intimately connects artist and listener, and invites its owner to join a tradition of musical perfection, making it an invaluable investment. A STEINWAY intimately connects an artist and ...
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Why “multi-band antenna”, not “multi-bands antenna”?

Why do you say "multi-band antenna", not "multi-bands antenna"? It seems to me there are multiple bands for an antenna. And, are "multi-band antenna" and "multi-band antennas" different?
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When do we use the plural form of infrastructure?

I looked up the dictionary and it seems there's no plural form for the noun. However, some people use the word infrastructure with an s at the end. Is there a reason for doing this or is it just a ...
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Which is correct, Facilities Management Agency, Facilities Management Company or Facility Mangement Company?

I would like to know which one is suitable and correct from both language and business perspective. Facility management (or facilities management or FM) I found it on Wikipedia. What is the ...