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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“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

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”

When we use a collection of uncountable nouns, which form of verb should we use? Singular or plural? Eg: 1."Water and milk is/are essential." 2."Courage and bravery is/are slightly ...
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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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Which one sounds the best?

1 Do you have any cough syrup? 2 Do you have any cough syrups? 3 Do you have cough syrup? 4 Do you have cough syrups?
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How many days does or do it take?

Which one is correct? How many days do it take? or How many days does it take?
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“We are so good swimmer.” or “We are so good swimmers.”

“The enemies devise a plot to drown us; o my friend, tell them that we are so good swimmer.” While writing a poetry in my native Urdu language, I thought to translate the above couplet into English. ...
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The connotation difference between using “the” and the plural form of a word

Are both sentences below correct when I intend to talk about cotton swabs in general, not a particular one? If so, do they have different connotations? I am going to introduce a new use of the cotton ...
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Is this sentence correct? 'It was two years of my life that I enjoyed thoroughly.'

Is this sentence correct? It was two years of my life that I enjoyed thoroughly. Should I change it to: They were two years of my life that I enjoyed thoroughly. The preceding sentence goes like ...
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“Attract” or “Attracts”

I'm working on an SAT grammar test and the sentence I'm struggling with is: This variety of tasks attract individuals with a broad range of experience. The answer they marked correct is "...
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Which of these is correct, “She doesn't has” or “She doesn't have”? And why? [duplicate]

She doesn't has a book. She doesn't have a book. Why is the first sentence wrong? We use 'has' with singular, and 'she' is singular.
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Question regarding singular plural verbs

One of the things we see every day are/is these abandoned houses right here. One thing we need are/is books. Are both are and is applicable here?
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Is it acceptable to use two plurals side by side?

However, high data volume and multiple data sets with poor linkages continued to frustrate their efforts to identify key issues drivers. Is it acceptable to use two plurals side by side?
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“Deficiency” or “Deficiencies”

I was wondering which form of the word "deficiency" is grammatically preferred in the following example and why? Students mostly have deficiency in math. 2. Students mostly have ...
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“Beaux Arts,” Why is it plural?

Beaux Arts Architecture in the Spotlight ( A title from an ACT test passage) Based on Collins Dic, art is plural: N-VAR Thearts are activities such as music, painting, literature, film, and dance, ...
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Can I say “movies are a popular media”?

Can I say "movies are a popular media"? Similarly can I say like "apples are a popular fruit", "engineers are a popular occupation"? I'm nor sure whether it's correct to ...
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Why is the singular use of the word “mind” correct here?

People are losing their mind over the pandemic. People are losing their minds over the pandemic. The second one undoubtedly is grammatically correct, but is the first one correct as well? If so, then ...
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Most South Asians have a Toyota/Toyotas

Most South Asians have a Toyota/Toyotas. All of them have a red car/red cars. It put a smile in their face/faces. Both of them have a baby boy/baby boys. In these sentences I'm not sure if I should ...
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If I found two $5 bills on the ground, would it be acceptable to say “$10 are on the ground”?

If I found two $5 bills on the ground, would it be acceptable to say "$10 are on the ground"? Is "Two $5 bills are on the ground" the ONLY acceptable sentence?
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singular (some sound/ some noise) or plural (some sounds/some noises)

I have made up the sentences below. (1a) Sometimes, I hear some beautiful sound my neighbor makes with his computer software. (1b) Sometimes, I hear some beautiful sounds my neighbor makes with his ...
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“height” vs “heights”

(1a) Mr. Wilson measured his students' height and used the data to teach them how to do statistics. (1b) Mr. Wilson measured his students' heights and used the data to teach them how to do statistics. ...
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“The violence on TV shows are bad for childrens” or “The violence on TV shows is bad for childrens”

I'm confused with these two. Which of them is grammatically correct? "The violence on TV shows are bad for childrens" "The violence on TV shows is bad for childrens" My teacher ...
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Is “we introduce few notation” grammatically correct?

In my research article, I wrote: We now introduce few notations. Then the referees for the paper told me that using 'notations' is grammatically incorrect. So I'm thinking about changing it to We ...
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It is something people has/have? [Subject-Verb Agreement]

It is something artists has to deal with. It is something artists have to deal with. What should the auxiliary here be? The sentence has both a singular and a plural subject before the verb. I would ...
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Singular and plural sentences

A large number of rare paintings were sold last year. A large number of rare paintings was sold last year. Which one of the sentences above is the correct one? If I consider that the verb to sell ...
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Supporting, cheering and motivating them + is/are

Siblings are an important part of our lives and I believe supporting, cheering, directing and motivating them is/are also important. Booking, canceling and rebooking flights does/do not take much time....
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GDP versus GDPs

These two cities of the US have the highest GDPs. I have framed this sentence. I would like to know if the word GDP should be plural here, since we are talking about two different GDPs of two ...
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Online classes are/is not a good medium of education

Online classes are not a good medium of education. Online classes is not a good medium of education. Given that this is the only context available. I don't know why but I think #2 is correct in this ...
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Is it correct to say “amount of fee”?

I wonder if writing "an amount of fee" is grammatically correct? For example: Imposing certain amount of fee will bring a lot of benefits.
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Is “the sound of a good many voices” correct in this sentence and why? [duplicate]

From Alice in Wonderland: She waited for some time without hearing anything more: at last came a rumbling of little cartwheels, and the sound of a good many voices all talking together: she made out ...

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