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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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There has/have been a lot of advertisements – singular or plural with “a lot of”

There has been a lot of advertisements. There have been a lot of advertisements.
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the **diameter** of two ropes VS the **diameters** of two ropes

The experiment is designed to measure the diameter of two ropes The experiment is designed to measure the diameters of two ropes Since there are more than one ropes, I am wondering the form of "...
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Plural vs Singular

I am having a hard time when I should use plural/singular subject when I want to talk about general things. Here are some examples that I find confusing: 1-a) A crown was a kind of hats that was ...
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The renovation and extension of the building WAS / WERE completed

I've run into the following sentence: The renovation and extension of the building were completed in 2017. Is the verb to agree with what has been done to the building - or the building itself? '...
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“The first five questions” – singular or plural?

Which sentence is true grammatically? Why? The first five questions is related ... The first five questions are related ... some guys have argued that " The first five questions" is an unit itself ...
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“expectation” VS “expectations”

Near-term sentiment has shifted to the euro, amid market expectations that the Federal Reserve will put brakes on raising rates. Near-term sentiment has shifted to the euro, amid market expectation ...
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single or plural with “mixture of ”

I wonder what is the correct verb with my following sentence: Mixture of Gaussians show a good model fit. or mixture of Gaussian shows a good model fit. I think the second one is correct, ...
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First “numbers” count nouns is plural or singular?

So I have this line of sentence: This only applies to the first 100 people signing up. When I see the word "applies", I am confused, is "first 100" plural, or singular? Or it should've been "apply"...
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''source of people's income“ VS ”source of people's incomes"

Employment is a major source of people's income. Employment is a major source of people's incomes. If I want to say working is a major way for people to make pay, which one to choose?
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Income or incomes?

Today I read in an article : ...when your incomes grow.... My question is, should it be incomes or income? In first case suppose, I have a one source of income. In that case I can say: when my ...
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choosing is vs are

When using listing something using "and" it's almost always going to require are, but I was wondering if this sentence is correct. "Money and fame is not the answer." I question it since I feel like ...
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reduced oxygen levels is / are a problem? [duplicate]

I'd like to know whether "is" or "are" should be used in the following on standardized tests: Reduced oxygen levels in the river is / are a problem for aquatic life. I'd appreciate your help.
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Singular vs plural: maths

There's no doubt in my mind that most people reading this will have been faced with this most tedious question: should I use maths as a singular/plural noun in the following sentence? [random ...
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A problem with “news”

I know news doesn't have a plural, but what is correct in the following example: We must recognize real news from fake one. or We must recognize real news from fake ones. Thank you in advance
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“It is actually earphones” - is this correct despite “earphones” being plural?

My friend asks me "What is this in your ears?" and I answer "It is actually earphones" Is it correct? Do I refer to them (earphones) as for a group of objects?
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“spirit of the law” VS “spirit of the laws” VS “spirit of law”

we should uphold the spirit of the laws to build a society based on the rule of law. we should uphold the spirit of the law to build a society based on the rule of law. we should uphold the spirit ...
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Is pronoun it really singular? Google transla

Hi, I've used Google translator to translate a bunch of positive and negative sentences from Ukrainian, where the subjects of the clauses are plural. And I am really confused about, is it singular ...
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a / the occasional game

I'd like to know which of the following is natural English: Although Jimmy prefers to read in his leisure time, he does play occasional baseball games with us. Although Jimmy prefers to read ...
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Is “a sequence of” singular or plural?

I'd like to confirm if a sequence of steps is singular or plural. For example, which of the following is correct: A sequence of steps is performed. A sequence of steps are performed.
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“types” vs “type” with each and all

I have different functions. Each function is able to deal with only one thing. If I have 3 variables, X1, X2, and X3, then, I can fit three different functions to these variables. One function to each ...
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What to use with “all”? [closed]

Sentence 1. All works of creative writing have aesthetic appeal. Sentence 2. All work of creative writing have aesthetic appeal. Which one is/are correct?
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Can I use a plural noun before “on of the”?

Is it correct to use a plural noun before "one of the" and in the following sentence should I use "are" or "would be"? if the sentence is incorrect please let me know the correct version. ...
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Is it reasonable to assume plurality? [closed]

In a more math/logical concept, a set refers to a collection of objects. In particular, it allows an empty set, a set with 1 item, etc. Suppose I say, "A is a set of numbers" In a relatively ...
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When sentence's subject contains uncountable noun and plural noun. Is it singular or plural?

Physical training and activities benefit(s) children. This subject should be followed by singular or plural verb? "Activities" is plural and "training" is uncountable and should be treated as ...
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“Copyrights issues” or “copyright issues”? What about “rights issues”? Shouldn't the attributive noun be in the singular?

I have always thought it should be copyright issues instead of copyrights issues, and Google search results also support that copyright issues is much more common. I thought it was simple, as ...
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“reserves is” VS “reserves are”

Foreign-exchange reserves (also called forex reserves or FX reserves) is money or other assets held by a central bank or other monetary authority. Foreign-exchange reserves (also called forex ...
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“enter into a partnership” VS “enter into partnerships”

we have entered into a partnership with a host of member companies we have entered into partnerships with a host of member companies. I mean, can I use enter a partnership to express we have ...
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Is 'have difficulties' correct?

But it is far enough away that early explorers had difficulty/difficulties finding it. What should I choose completing the exam task? Are both plural and singular correct?
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Not sure whether to use singular or plural

Is it correct to write happiness and prosperity are the result of diligent work or happiness and prosperity are the results of diligent work
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is it correct in grammar to compare a plural noun to a singular noun?

For example, "their salaries are higher than mine". Is this sentence grammatically correct? Or we have to say "each of their salaries is higher than mine"?
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“These kinds of” or “these kind of”? [duplicate]

I'm using a grammar checking service. It tells me these kind of projects is wrong and should be changed to these kinds of projects. I'm not sure about the correctness of this suggestion, so I googled ...
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Should grammar be tweaked to fit in a fixed phrasing?

Problem 1 The same can be applied with larger units in the article, be it sentences or paragraphs. Should the nouns after "be it" must be singular? Because the phrase is "it", then I guess they ...
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“Different influences”?

Then trade would have different influence on wages and employment. This is a line I am writing. I know that "influence" is both a count and noncount noun and that it is used mostly uncountably to ...
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“the size of diagrams” or “the sizes of diagrams”

I have many diagrams with different sizes. I try to reduce the size of each diagram. Or: I reduce the sizes of diagrams Please tell me which one is correct and why?
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Is “experience” plural or singular

Is it grammatically correct to use the word experience to mean multiple experiences, and follow it by a verb without adding s. For example: Experience show that most people ...
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“here and there was a tent” VS “here and there were tents”

They trudged up the misty field between long rows of tents. Most looked almost ordinary; their owners had clearly tried to make them as Muggle-like as possible, but had slipped up by adding chimneys, ...
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“Any sort of situation” or “any sort of situations”

Once any sort of unique name(s) comes up, I'm lost. I lose it when any sort of strange situation(s) comes up. Since "situation" and "name" here are count nouns, should they be in the plural? The ...
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“Comment on their character” or “comment on their characters”?

I would like to say a few words to comment on their character(s). I am wondering if "character" in the sense of qualities of personality is a count noun and can be pluralized. Macmillan and Cambridge ...
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is versus are: “One in eight Denver residents is clinically depressed and most aren’t getting treatment, new study says”

A headline reads "One in eight Denver residents is clinically depressed and most aren’t getting treatment, new study says" "One in eight Denver residents is clinically depressed" I think is would be ...
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'the left and right hand of Peter' or 'the left and right hands of Peter'?

I know it is okay to say the left hand and the right hand of Peter But what if I want to abbreviate it?
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Several instances of the same object with different adjectives: singular or plural?

Should I say I've got a red, a blue and a yellow balloons. or I've got a red, a blue and a yellow balloon. ?
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When is “labor” countable and what does “labors” mean exactly?

I saw a line in the English subtitles of a non-English show: Stop playing. Go all out to fight me, or you will end up using up all of your labors. I first went and made sure the subtitles were ...
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number: a savings / saving in time and money?

I'd like to know whether "saving" or "Savings" should be used in the following: That move might mean a saving / a savings in time and money. Traditional grammar would lead me to expect the ...
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Why 'one of the… ' in this sentence uses 'are' instead of 'is'?

The sentence (emphasis added) is One of the most beautiful of the more than 100,000 known species in the order Lepidoptera are the tiger moths, moths known for the striking appeal of their ...
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“the Chinese and American people” VS “the Chinese and American peoples”

The Chinese and American people are both great people. The Chinese and American peoples are both great peoples. Which kind of wording is good?
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“there are concerns that” VS “there is concern that”VS “ there is a concern that”

However, there are concerns that they[certain drugs] could pose a serious health risk to humans. However, there is concern that they[certain drugs] could pose a serious health risk to humans. ...
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as much / many as

I'd like to know whether many or much should be used in the following: a. A whale could weigh as much / many as two tons. b. The company bought as much / many as two tons of cotton. I'd ...
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“get around regulation” VS “get around regulations”

Some people in the financial sector tried to get around regulation. Some people in the financial sector tried to get around regulations. It I want to convey the message that certain people want ...
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“fiscal revenue” VS “fiscal revenues”

Now, productivity growth without job creation and more fiscal revenue is unprecedented in economic history. Now, productivity growth without job creation and more fiscal revenues is unprecedented in ...
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Why 'was' used instead of 'were' in this sentence

Was he imagining it, or were Snape's eyes flickering towards Lupin more often than was natural? As I understand, the sentence is saying: were Snape's eyes flickering towards Lupin more often than ...