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Should compound nouns treated as singular or plural

All, Which one is correct: "statistical techniques is " or "statistical techniques are" I Googled "statistical techniques is" and also "statistical techniques are&...
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Percentage change in value or values?

The charts are from my book published by Cambridge University Press. Any chance the book is wrong? In the tile of the table, I think the singular "value" should be used. Percentage change ...
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exports or export?

Should I use 'export' because coffee is uncountable? Coffee is the top export from this country. Should apples be viewed as one category of exports and so the singular export should be used, or ...
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either side: plural or singular

He sat in the back of the car with a policeman on either side. -Longman Dictionary- Unfortunately I was sitting at the table with smokers on either side of me. -Cambridge Dictionary- They both ...
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"There is" or "there are" with compound subjects that have a mix of plural and singular elements [duplicate]

There is a cat, a dog, and an elephant in the room. There are two cats, a dog, and an elephant in the room. There is a cat, two dogs, and an elephant in the room. In the first sentence, all of these ...
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Are both verb forms acceptable? "There is/are marks all over it."

a) There are marks all over it. b) There is marks all over it. “Is” vs. “Are”—Correct Usage Can is be switched with are here or it is ungrammatical to do so? I may be inclined to say in speech: there ...
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Which phrase is correct "stiffener set" or "stiffeners set"?

Which phrase is correct to define a set of stiffeners: "stiffener set" or "stiffeners set"?
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What [is/are] needed [is/are] additional resources. which one is correct?

In the book 'Advanced Grammar in Use 3rd Edition' it says that 'if we use a what-clause as subject, we use a singular verb if the following main noun is singular, and either a singular or a plural ...
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I sometimes go for <a walk><walks> (after supper)

(1) I sometimes go for a walk. (2) I sometimes go for walks. (3) I sometimes go for a walk after supper. (4) I sometimes go for walks after supper. Question: Which are correct? Sentence (4) sounds a ...
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visitor numbers / the number of visitors

(1) Visitor numbers increase in the summer. (source) (2) The number of visitors increases in the summer. Sentence (1) is incomprehensible to me, and I would say sentence (2). What logic is behind the ...
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Singular or plural noun: "whether any of Dr Jones's acquaintances knows/know"

An investigation is underway to discover whether any of Dr Jones's acquaintances knows/know where he is. In my opinion, after 'any of' and a plural noun, we can use either a singular or plural verb, ...
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the world's forest when talking about forest area

So I wrote, "27% of the world's forest is in Africa," to imply that Africa's forest area constitutes 27% of the world's forest area. However, a native speaker suggested that I use forests ...
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Why does "depth" have to be in its plural form in these sentences?

Why is there an "s" after the word "depth" in these sentences? Is it grammatically wrong if I remove the "s"? Alvin can dive to ocean depths of 20,000 feet. (For ...
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A kind word and forgiveness II

Posting a new question to make things clear, to avoid confusion. Which one is grammatical? A kind word and forgiveness is good. A kind word and forgiveness are good.
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antique dealer VS antiques dealer — Does "s" affect the meaning?

On oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com, first they give the collocation "an antique dealer" but then (in the "Extra Examples" section) give a sentence having "an antiques dealer&...
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When 'business' means 'company,' is it a countable noun?

This is from The Washington Post article : What's a company to do? In today's litigious and document-deluged workplace, a poorly written manual can lead to liability suits and even low-risk decisions ...
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"Make Our Life ..." vs "Make Our Lives ..."

I had thought "Make Our Life easier" was wrong and that I should use the plural form, "Make Our Lives easier" but I find I see the form "Make Our Life ..." from time to ...
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Difference between: "both can be viewed as [a task / tasks]…“

What is the difference in comparing plural nouns to a singular noun or a plural noun? I've seen several versions of comparing noun A to noun B when the noun A is plural. Some sentences use the ...
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singular or plural "start and finish time" or "start and finish times"

(1) What is the start and finish time of your first class? (2) What are the start and finish time of your first class? (3) What are the start and finish timeS of your first class? I am not sure which ...
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singular or plural: "cost of repair" or "cost of repairs" or "cost of a repair"

I have made up the sentences below. (1) When a refrigerator stops working, I buy a new one because the cost of repair can be very high. (2) When a refrigerator stops working, I buy a new one because ...
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Two questions on singular-vs-plural

1 There's an idiom "rub something in someone's face". For instance, I really screwed up my speech, and Caroline keeps rubbing the disaster in my face. (https://www.idiomsandslang.com/rub-...
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For the wages of sin is death

The Bible has a line that I like: Romans 6 (Wikipedia) For the wages of sin is death If I wanted to quote that line but be grammatically correct, should I say wage (singular), not wages (plural)? ...
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Is this gramatically correct: "A count of how many of this item are in the game and where this card lies within that count"?

I read the following sentence in a game rule book: An item card includes: a count of how many of this item are in the game and where this card lies within that count. Is this gramatically correct, ...
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people who own houses

a. People who own houses in our city are usually well-off. b. People who own a house in our city are usually well-off. Is there any difference in the meanings of these sentences? Does (a) imply that ...
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What's the correct form: "pets island" or '"pet's island"

I'm trying to write a short paragraph about an animal island and I'm a bit confused as to what would be the correct sentence to use for the title.
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Is there any rule that there should always be an article before a singular, uncountable, and common noun?

Sentence is - For a long time, paracetamol has been recommended as a first-line drug in pain management guidelines. On Google, I found that "paracetamol" is a common noun and is also a ...
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"A count of how many of this item IS in the room", or "A count of how many of this item ARE in the room" [duplicate]

Which is correct out of the following? A count of how many of this item ARE in the room A count of how many of this item IS in the room Does the this item require the singular is?
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Which is correct, “their life” or “their lives”? [closed]

Could someone here point out which of the 2 sentences below is grammatically correct? "No one will know until the end of their earthly life." "No one will know until the end of their ...
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"Protocol Buffers" a single thing but with a plural title? [duplicate]

On its official website, we read Protocol Buffers are a language-neutral, platform-neutral extensible mechanism for serializing structured data. While this is a single protocol, the name is Protocol ...
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Plural or singular in coordination

A number of books were published in 2020 in the category/categories of translated and non-translated children's books. Grammatically, should "category" be singular or plural here? "...
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"The <scores are> <score is> tied at 3–3."

oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com: (1) The scores are tied at 3–3. I don't understand why "scores" is used in plural here. What does it mean? my variant: (2) The score is tied at 3–3. What is ...
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Isn't it convenient to pronounce "-man" in "salesman" and "-men" in "salesmen" differently as you do it in "man [mæn]" and "men [men]"?

"Man" and "men" are different in pronunciation: man [mæn] men [men] As are some other word pairs: handyman [ˈhændimæn] handymen [ˈhændimen] bogeyman [ˈbəʊɡimæn] bogeymen [ˈbəʊɡimen]...
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Why they said "deaf" instead of "deafs" [duplicate]

I was look through Cambridge Dictionary and I came across this sentence " the evening news has subtitles for the deaf" why they said "for deaf" instead of "for deafs"?
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Guys are allowed to bring their girlfriend/girlfriends to the event. - are both ok? [duplicate]

Example 1 Guys are allowed to bring their girlfriend to the event. Example 2 Guys are allowed to bring their girlfriends to the event. Are both of them acceptable? I don't know why some people use ...
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Singular noun is something and something?

I get stuck by the following sentence from this article: Noam Chomsky: The False Promise of ChatGPT. The crux of machine learning is description and prediction; it does not posit any causal ...
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Singular or Plural (the evening(s))

Which one is correct? Are both of them correct? I feel more energetic in the evening. I feel more energetic in the evenings.
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"Rodgers <was not an opponent> <were not opponents> of ..." — Does "Rodgers" here relate to the concept of collective noun?

ldoceonline.com: (1) Rodgers was not an opponent of the new airport. my variant: (2) Rodgers were not opponents of the new airport. As far as I understand: "Rodgers" is a plural noun. The ...
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to a friend's place: how to phrase if there are multiple rotating hosts?

a. They went out to dinner to friends every Friday. b. They went out to dinner to friends' places every Friday. c. They went out to dinner to a friend's place every Friday. Which could be used if ...
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They received a number vs They received numbers

Which one is correct to mean each of them received a (separate) number? They received a participant number. They received participant numbers.
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Should I use was or were: It _ the eyes

The whole sentence is : it wasn't the face that scared me, it _ the eyes. What do I use in the blank?
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Are "I have no idea" and "I have no ideas" both correct, and if so, are they synonymous?

I am considering these two sentences: I have no idea. I have no ideas. Are they both correct, and if so, are they synonymous?
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Should "more than one" be followed by plural, or singular? [closed]

What should "more than one" be followed by? E.g., "more than one word is suitable", or "more than one words are suitable"?
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Can I use amount with plural nouns

According to grammar, amount should only be used with uncountable nouns. But in the following TOEFL TPO question, it is used with plants. Are they used incorrectly? Second, the production of ...
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”User embeds a flipbook“ or "Users embed a flipbook"

"User embeds a flipbook on his website but notices that there is a small report icon located on the right side of the flipbook. " I want to know if "User" is correct. I thought I ...
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Do the subject and object have to agree in number? For example: "Tigers (plural) are a wild animal (singular)"

Does the plurality of the object have to agree with the plurality of the subject? For example, which one of the following sentences is correct? Tigers are wild animals and they live in the jungle. ...
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"scabies are" or "scabies is"?

oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com: scabies - [uncountable] britannica.com: scabies - [plural] Do I understand correctly that it doesn't matter whether a verb after "scabies" has the singular ...
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Difference in meaning of a paragraph when using plural vs. using singular nouns

Consider the following two paragraphs where one uses "the pen" and "pens" in different ways: "Reed pens were used extensively until the development of the quill pen in 600AD. ...
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If this question is grammatically correct?

Some CO2 moves from the roots of plants to microbes in the soil May I ask if this question is grammatically correct? I thought "the" didn't come with a plural noun (rootS). If that sentence ...
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Is "library catalogue" uncountable?

Oxford Dictionary provides a sample phrase: •to consult the library catalogue Why not library catalogues?
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Proper genitive on a names with pre-existing genitive as a name

I have a special case that I can't tell how to cover using the generally googlable rules. There was a person called Thyrén. He created a company and named it after himself. Now, that's been done long ...
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