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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About the form of “service”, plural or single?

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 ...
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Why is the word 'brick' singular in the phrase “a hunk of brown brick?”

The following is an excerpt from the New Yorker: The Newkirk Avenue building was nondescript, a hunk of brown brick. “Wow, it’s bleak,” Grant said, standing in the courtyard, which was covered in ...
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Should the verb be singular or plural with 'months' 'hours' 'days' etc?

Three to six months is/are enough for preparation. Singular verb or plural and why?
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Directory website category - Singular or Plural

I am creating a directory website having multiple categories and sub-categories. I am confused about whether I should use category name singular or plural? Example: Should I set category name ...
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“a newcomers” singular or plural

According to google search, "a newcomers" is used in many websites. is it singular or plural? And if it's plural, why do we add a in front of it?
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Singular vs Plural in Names

This is a tittle of some paper I found online. A quantitative theory of the Hounsfield unit and its application to dual energy scanning There are two energies in this CT system. But why the ...
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'We put new carpet on the floor or we put [a] new carpet on the floor'?

I wonder should I precede the noun with the article 'a', but I don't think that is necessary? I put [a] new carpet on the floor. Reason: Carpet is a mass noun. Am I correct?
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Dogs are the best pet/pets?

I always think that the best must be followed by a singular noun as follows: Dogs are the best pet. However, I found this while reading: Dogs are the best pets. Is this grammatically correct?
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“it is at 5 minute and 40 second” or “it is at 5 minutes and 40 seconds”?

Tell me please which sentence is correct. The part where he is saying it is at 4 minute and 45 second. The part where he is saying it is at 4 minutes and 45 seconds. Or is this one better? ...
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Singular, plural, and … summarial?

Whenever someone asks me if I got a haircut, I always reply "actually, I got all of them cut;" or if someone mentions going for a haircut, I ask "oh really, which one?" It's a dumb old dad joke I know....
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“Moral fibre of celebrities” Should I treat this as a collective noun?

The Moral fibre of celebrities is \ are questionable. I guess "The Moral fibre of celebrities" is a collective noun and should be treated as singular and, therefore, The Moral fibre of celebrities is ...
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His most attractive trait/s was/were his eyes

I'm confused about the requirements of singular/plural in the given sentence. His most attractive trait was his eyes vs His most attractive traits were his eyes Eyes is a plural word, ...
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Singular vs plural as descriptor

1) we are friend since we were a child 2) We are friends since we were a child 3) We are friends since we were children First of all, I am sorry if these sentences are awkward since I wrote ...
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“fruit and vegetable intake” vs “fruit and vegetables intake”

In the answer to the question Vegetable or vegetables it is said that in English, only vegetables but not vegetable can be used, since it is not considered a mass noun. I'm aware the following is not ...
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Vegetable or vegetables?

The book I'm using writes vegetable in a plural form. I don't think this is correct. Do you like strawberries or lettuce? No. I like neither fruit or vegetables. Should it be written as: ...
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kind of insect or kind of insects? [duplicate]

Should insect in the following sentence be in a plural form? It is a dragonfly. It is a kind of insect (or insects?). Shouldn't we always use plural noun after a type/kind of ?
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“Springing leaks” and “springing gas”

From the movie Moon: (YouTube clip) Gerty: There is no damage to the exterior shell. Sam: Well, it's not that I don't believe you, Gerty, but I mean, you know, this thing is springing leaks ...
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Which one is more grammatical, “5 of them are 0” or “5 of them are 0s”?

this question comes from this post. In this specific case, the Σ contains six given values, and 5 of them are 0 in this context, which one is more grammatical, "5 of them are 0" or "5 of them ...
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Why is “who are” is fine, but “who go” is not?

Is there any reasonable explanation (that is, not just "that's the way it is") as to why "Who are the ones who go there?" is grammatically correct, but "Who go there?" is not? In the first ...
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How to realize “group of” is plural or single?

This is my first time to rise question and I'm a newbie in English. I have some question about "group of" The group of students is going to Tainan tomorrow. A group of students show an ...
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Do we use singular or plural countable noun with word “Any”? [duplicate]

Do we use singular or plural countable noun with word "Any"? For example: She hasn't any friend or She hasn't any friends which of the above is correct?
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Every - mixing singular and plural in one sentence

I'm confused by the use of plural and singular when Every is use. Which of the following sentences is correct? Every business has its own unique set of challenges, resulting in a different approach ...
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“Are” or “is” in this sentence? [closed]

There are devices whose safeness is/are warranted by those methods. The verb in question is attributed to "safeness". "safeness" is singular, so it requires "is". But "devices" is plural. So?
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“A username and password {is / are} required”

I thought that the use of is/are was determined by whether or not the noun was singular or plural. But also, I'm awful at these things. username is singular. password is singular. But we are saying ...
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“A task often beyond our *skill*.” - why singular?

I am reading the book "How to Live 24 hours?" and am wondering why skill in the following sentence is singular. We are obliged by various codes written and unwritten, to maintain ourselves and our ...
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“work that identify” or “work that identifies”

Implicitly by work I mean plural (several studies). So how should I treat the verb that comes after it? Similar to previous work that identifies Or, Similar to previous work that identify
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Plural determiner for a singular noun [duplicate]

If you let a person in, make sure to see their ID first. Is it grammatically correct to use a plural determiner for a singular noun in situations like this when it implies that “person”, “client”, “...
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singular or plural: gain information of the world from the *written word*

I read the following two sentences. I am not sure why the singular form pf word is used in the first sentence, but the plural form is used in the second sentence. Sentence 1: To gain a large share ...
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Do we use plural or singular when using the “every” word?

This question is about a particular phrase, because I know you can choose either the singular or plural form in certain constructions, but I am not sure if in this case it's alright. For example: ...
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as much / many as + countable plurals

I am wondering whether "much" or "many" should be used in the following. it's unusual that people as much / many as four generations apart speak to each other in the same way. I'd appreciate your ...
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“do the pair of vertical lines” or “does the pair of vertical lines”?

this is the title of this post do the pair of vertical lines in empirical entropy formula mean L1 norm? in this case, "do the pair of vertical lines" or "does the pair of vertical lines" which one ...
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Can I use “walk with limps” to imply that both legs are in pain or injured?

I know that, we can say something like He had a stiff ankle on the right leg and walked with a limp. (self-made sentence) Now, I am wondering if can I use the plural "limps" to imply he had to ...
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Plural or singular in lists

This probably has been asked before but I don't know exactly what good keywords are to search for an answer. I wonder if the plural form has to follow a list of descriptors. Given the following ...
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“There is 10%” or “there are 10%”

Shall I use: Of the 10% that showed one or more symptoms, there are 20.25% that .. Or, Of the 10% that showed one or more symptoms, there is 20.25% that .. Clearly, 10% of a countable thing (...
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Indexed objects: Should it be “case 1 or 2” or “cases 1 or 2”?

When one refers to more than one indexed objects, should the leading noun (that is applied to every one of the objects) be singular or plural? For example, which is correct? Cases 1 or 2 Case 1 or 2 ...
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Shouldn't there be “ends” instead of “end” in this sentence?

I read a definition of the word "pylon" in Merriam Webster dictionary which was A tower for supporting either end of usually a number of wires over a long span I suspect that "ends" could also be ...
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Does “one ends” make sense?

Connect one ends of these cables to this PC and the other ends to that PC. Is the "one ends" in the sentence above I created grammatically correct? After googled, I found this phrase is sometimes ...
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Do we say “heavily invested into the stock” or “heavily invested into the stocks”?

Do we say "heavily invested into the stock" or "heavily invested into the stocks"? Let's say you buy 100 Apple stocks, do you say "I am heavily invested into the stock" or "I am heavily ...
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Noun phrases after the en dash

Some polls showed the party could win just seven percent of the vote - their lowest share in history. Some polls showed the party could win just seven percent of the vote - the party's lowest ...
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Why “is” not “are”?

The original sentence: The bulk and weight of coal required in the majority of manufacturing industries is large in comparison with the bulk and weight of other raw materials.
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Hair grow or hair grows

Which form is correct: My hair grow slowly or My hair grows slowly
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Which version is correct?

I would like to know which version is correct. All it has are words. All it has is words.
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Singular or plural (omit repeated word)?

I'm not sure how to write this: a) Jon was accepted to Northwestern and Cornell University. b) Jon was accepted to Northwestern and Cornell Universities. In this example, I'm pretty sure you can ...
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Which is correct to use- is or are

Which is correct to use- is or are- Five kilometers is/are hard to travel. sixty miles is/are good distance. 20 minutes is/are remaining .