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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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Should I use a plural or singular verb when 2 singular nouns come after "there"? For example, there is/are [singular noun] and [singular noun]

"There is/are a book and a cup on the table." Grammar rules dictate that such sentences require a plural verb, but a lot of native speakers use singular verbs. I made these sentence recently:...
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the majority of + plural noun + singular vs. plural verb

If I say "the majority of" followed by a plural noun, should it then be followed by a singular or a plural verb? Some examples: The majority of cars is blue. The majority of cars are blue. ...
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Using "was" or "were" for proper noun "Northern Plains"

I want to use the phrase "Northern Plains" in a sentence as follows: "The Northern Plains were a place of great danger; people never went there alone." Is "were" (plural) ...
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Do any English adjectives have grammatical number?

Most adjectives in English have the same form, regardless of whether the noun (or noun phrase) being modified is singular or plural. For example: Mars is red. Mars and Jupiter are red planets. ...
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why some words sound plural but act singuar?

Like neighbor/neighbors,everybody,people/peoples,army etc . Neighbor it self a group of people to me but i see them singular in books. Like my neighbor enjoys gardening or my neighbors enjoy gardening....
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Was or were in the sentence?

The park and surrounding area was off limits to all. The park and surrounding area were off limits to all. Grammarly says 'were': 'It seems that the singular verb 'was' does not agree with the plural ...
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data is / data are - what is the different of the two forms? [duplicate]

I have found such sentences: Statistical data are expressed as median ± IQR. - Critical Care Statistical data continues to show that when a gun is accessible, heated emotions can - and will - ...
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General statements "the+singular noun" or "plural noun"

I read an article about making General Statements It says, when you use nouns to make general statements, there are two patterns that have the same meaning: Use the + singular noun Use a plural or ...
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Singular and plural nouns

I like taking naps in the afternoon. I like taking a nap in the afternoon. Which one is grammatically correct when talking about it in general? In an English workbook there are several substitution ...
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Can "Subject Verb+ing" act as a singular noun?

Let me provide an example sentence: Children telling lies prevent/prevents adults from helping them in the most appropriate way. "Children telling lies" is "Subject Verb+ing". ...
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Why there is 'were' not 'was in this sentence? [duplicate]

from the BBC Advanced learners often automatically invert the subject and auxiliary verb after a WH word clause, as if it were a question. 'It' is a third person singular pronoun, why does 'were' ...
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'Years of hard work' is/are

All those years of hard work have finally paid off. Shouldn't it be all those years of hard work has finally paid off ? Years of hard work is a single thing, I think. If the prior version is correct -...
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They are "masterpieces" or they are "a masterpiece"?

Is it wrong if I say: Look at those reliefs, they are a masterpiece! Because I consider each one of them individually and also because we also normally say: Taxes are a necessary evil.
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A group of... a team of... a pair of... a number of...: use singular or plural?

Example 1 A group of boys are ... Example 2 A pair of earrings is ... Example 3 A number of poeple are ... Example 4 A team of scientists is ... Example 5 This large team of volunteers is.... Why do ...
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Is it correct to use the singular "number" with "both"?

I originally wrote: The number of shops that opened and the number that closed both saw wide fluctuations during the entire period. I used "the number" twice because I used "both"...
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What is the plural for Balance? [closed]

I have read that the word "balance" can be both singular and plural, is that correct? Or is "balances" the only acceptable way to write it? Thank you.
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"Many people use cartoons as their profile picture" or "Many people use cartoons as their profile pictures"?

As the heading suggests, I'm wondering which is the correct choice – 1 or 2? Many people use cartoons as their profile picture Many people use cartoons as their profile pictures Since "Many ...
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"What makes them different?" vs "What is it that makes them different?" Is there any difference between the two questions?

If we want to find out whether there is any difference between two similar things, I heard the following ways of asking about it (the first being more common): "What makes them different"? &...
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Is it 'garment' or 'garments' when referring to trousers/pants?

For example, when referring to a single pair of trousers/pants worn by one person as "the tight-fitting garment(s)", is garment pluralized since the words trousers and pants are, or is it ...
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100 people's death or deaths?

The title says it all. The original question goes like this: Fill in the blanks with the correct form of the given word. The flood which happened last week caused 100 people's _______ (death). I ...
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Is “Pandemics are ended” grammatical? [closed]

In this sentence: Pandemics are ended. I got passive misuse error in online grammar checkers, but I don't know why? Anybody can help me why this sentence is incorrect?
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"Do" or "Does" with "any of X"? [closed]

Which is correct: Do any of the ideas interest you? Does any of the ideas interest you? In one textbook, it gives 2 as an example sentence; however, in another one, I read something similar but it ...
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Can I use "reduction" and "cost" in plural form, as in the examples below?

"Taxis and Ubers saw reductions in their costs per trip in Sydney over the time period." "In terms of cost, bus and trains had the lowest, though their average costs increased ...
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They were split into half or halves?

Assuming I saw a group of people, for instance 10 people and accidentally there was a sharp wire that split their bodies horizontally and each person is split in two separate parts. So there would be ...
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Can I use "it" even though the subject or the object is plural?

I want to confirm whether what I may have heard or read is correct, i.e. using the pronoun "it" even though the subject or the object that is being referred to is in a plural form. From what ...
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Question on singular/plural form selection

Should we use the singular or plural form in the following examples? 1- Performing the majority of daily activities requires the ability/abilities to read and write. (Ability sounds more natural to me,...
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You are the (one/ones) who (are/is)

I'm talking about both singular and plural form of "you", so I hope the provided answer will include both answers. Singular You You are the one who 《are/is》... I'm equating the "...
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"no + singular noun" vs. "not any + singular noun"

It seems to me that when 'any' is used for indefinite quantities, it must be followed by plural nouns or uncountable nouns. However, In the following sentences, which I found in a grammar book, each '...
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The Wright brothers are the inventors of "aircraft"? "aircrafts"? "the aircraft"? "the aircrafts"? [closed]

Which sentence would be most appropriate? The Wright brothers are the inventors of aircraft. The Wright brothers are the inventors of an aircraft. The Wright brothers are the inventors of aircrafts?...
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Plural pronoun for singular collective noun [duplicate]

how to choose the correct verbs in this sentence? The person does it because they don't want to leave. The person does it because they doesn't want to leave. The person do it because they don't want ...
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Is the following sentence correct: "Confirm that someone is who they say they are"

Is the following sentence correct? Confirm that someone is who they say they are Not sure why "who they say they are" is used, as the antecedent to they is someone which is a singular ...
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"whether they are", "whether it is"

Whether they are useful skills, important values or good habits, parents teach us a lot that we need for life. Whether it is useful skills, important values or good habits, parents teach us a lot that ...
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can we use "is" after using "and"?

this stream of media messages in which violence and physicals aggression is portrayed as a good thing gradually alters our belief that violence is bad. after using and, can we use "is"? I ...
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Why are baseball team names considered as plural nouns? [duplicate]

I learned company names are considered as singular. Amazon.com, Inc. is an American multinational technology company which focuses on e-commerce, cloud computing, digital streaming, and artificial ...
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People want to be a teacher or teachers?

If I want to talk about some people in general who want to be X. Is the X should be plural or not? I have this doubt since I remember there's a grammar book explains about this (I couldn't find which ...
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Why is it "learner's dictionary" and not "learners' dictionary"?

I think the title learner's dictionary means a learner's dictionary, but why omit the indefinite article? Wouldn't it be clearer to say learners' dictionary?
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Two-year-olds and Two-year-old babies

Why do some say: After a child's second birthday, the rate of growth continues to slow. Two-year-olds are very active and begin to lose the appearance of a baby. Two-year-olds, not, say, Two-year-...
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appreciation of flat forms VS the perception of flat form

Appreciation of sculpture depends upon the ability to respond to form in three dimensions. That is perhaps why sculpture has been described as the most difficult of all arts; certainly it is more ...
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single or plural in the name "6 minute English" [duplicate]

There is a famous learning programes series "BBC 6 minute English". 6-minute-english 6 is large than 1 ,it means more or plural,we use its plural format "minutes" in the below ...
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0 year old or 0 years old

SCENARIO 1 Would it be correct to say (option 1)"Johnson is a 0 years old newborn boy" or (option 2)"Johnson is a 0 year old newborn boy"? SCENARIO 2 What about this: would it be (...
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What is the difference between a sentence starting with “the percentage” vs only a percentage?

Do these two sentences have the same meaning? “98% of people who know about Hippos would agree that they’re the deadliest land animal “The 98% of people who know about hippos would agree that they’...
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Subject verb agreement with and

Are the sentences below correct? The average temperature peaks at 25 degrees in London and 30 degrees in New York. The average temperature in both cities drops between July and September. I’m ...
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Jury is vs Jury are vs Jury has vs Jury has been [duplicate]

This question came in the Dhaka university admission test 2012-13 Q) Which of the following is correct? (A) The jury are arguing among themselves. (B) The jury is arguing among themselves. (C) The ...
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"Those" seventy dollars or "that" seventy dollars?

"Those" seventy dollars or "that" seventy dollars? E.g. Jack needed those/that seventy dollars. To me "those" sounds more likely because seventy is clearly plural, but ...
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Most college vs Most colleges

Most college provide services designed to help students. Most colleges provide services designed to help students. I think that 2 is correct. Grammarly also indicates that 2 is correct. However, ...
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This reaction ... come/comes from

People of all ages generally prefer to have as much freedom as possible in determining their behavior. When individuals feel that their actions are being unfairly limited, they often attempt to ...
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Should a sentence with "both start and end dates" be plural?

Which is correct: Enter both the start and end date for implementation. Enter both the start and end dates for implementation. Why?
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"The panda is an endangered species" "Pandas are an endangered species"... Which would be acceptable?

"A panda is an endangered species". "Pandas are an endangered species". "The panda is an endangered species" "The pandas are an endangered species". If you want ...
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Correct name: card-parser or cards-parser

There is a program that parses site pages with information about cards (there are many of them on the page). The program can be called card-parser or cards-parser. Which option is preferred and why? I ...
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There's + plural form

I often hear native speakers use "There's" instead of "There're", i.e., they just use "There's" regardless of what follows. e.g. "There's two people." Is it a ...
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