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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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Both the old and the new bike[s?]

Say I have one old and one new bike. Should I write: Both the old and the new bike should be there. or Both the old and the new bikes should be there.
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Singular or plural uses of nouns?

For the following sentence, is it correct to say "On the left and right side" or "left and right sides", given that it's about two separate sides? Also, would you say "slices 110 and 100" or leave it ...
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How to pluralize 2 words

I have an organisation which has several branches. Now I have a list of all these branch names. How can I call this list? Branches name list? or Branch Names list? or Branches Names list? What is ...
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country name [plural or singular] [duplicate]

I saw this news headline: Japan defeat Scotland to progress to RWC Quarter Final Can country names be treated as plural nouns? This dictionary says it is a singular noun.
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“Other ideas **is** for instance…” or “Other ideas **are** for instance…”

How should I use the verb in a case where I am refering to the plural but am finishing the sentence in singular? Other ideas is for instance to take the bike. Other ideas are for instance to ...
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Everyone with plural usage

Everyone want their homes to be in the centres of cities Is this correct usage or is there any alternative way to convey the same?
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A list of item or items?

Is it grammatically okay to use a singular noun after "a list of"? For example, which one is correct among the following sentences? I have a list of item. I have a list of items. I thought the noun ...
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Multiple questions regarding phrase like 'A of B of C'

Figure 1 shows the Pb deposition flux from anthropogenic sources in the US from 1900 to 2010 Figure 1 shows the flux of Pb depositions from anthropogenic sources in the US from 1900 to 2010 Figure ...
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Is “number (as in amount) of things” considered singular or plural?

I am more inclined to say that it is singular, so I rather form sentences like: The number of chairs is N. I am not sure enough about it to insist about it, though. Is "is" correct? Is "are" ...
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One of the things that “fascinate/fascinates” us most about cats

One of the things that fascinates us most about cats is the popular belief that they have nine lives. Can I use "fascinate" not "fascinates" to direct to the "one"? I first thought that "fascinate’" ...
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Holiday vs Holidays

What sentence is correct and why: I spent my holiday at the seaside. I spent my holidays at the seaside. or Where do you want to go for a holiday? Where do you want to go for ...
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Why the term “diverse” can be used in singular form?

According to Collins, the meaning of the term "diverse" is "If a group or range of things is diverse, it is made up of a wide variety of things" so it seems it can be used to explain multiple things. ...
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woods - gramatically singular or plural

It is clear that "woods" is semantically plural, but what about gramatically? Can it be both singular and plural, as other collective nouns ? Example: The woods of this town contain many secrets. The ...
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What verb form should I use after “and/or”? “are” or “is”?

The sentence is the next: Item can't be represented in the graphic because its value on X and/or Y aren't defined. After "X and/or Y" should I use "aren't" or "isn't"? And if I use "X or Y, or ...
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The question/questions which one is this? or which ones are these?

Consider a sentence below. The question/questions "which one is this?" or "which ones are these?" force an identifying response. I am confused. Should I use "the question" or "the questions?" ...
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Questions on compund nouns in the form of 'A of B'

In this forest, we have ten different types of trees. Each type of trees needs a specific type of fertilizers. The choice of fertilizers is depending on the type of trees. Hi, I don't know when to ...
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Usage of plural form

When writing a sentence about a gentleman in his organisation, I come across a question of plural form usage. ...he retains his current role as the CEO of Company A and other JVs." Should the word ...
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“Are a”, plural / singular irony

I read on news that ... such checks are a must for ... why is the plural subject here followed by "a", a singular determiner?
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Observation or observations

I am so confused about the singular and plural forms of observation in academic writing. Here is an example: The improved model showed a better performance than the prior model based on observations....
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Was or were at the start of question with multiple subjects? [closed]

Which is correct? Were intent, action or dishonesty established during the interview? Was intent, action or dishonesty established during the interview?
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Usage of “qualifications” and “hobbies”

When we enquire someone about one's qualifications and hobbies. Are the following questions correct and if so, can you please give justification. What are your qualifications? or What is your ...
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Grammatically , when can we use “you is” instead of “you are”?

Can we say "you is" instead of "you are"? For example; "You is smart"
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“It” used with plural nouns

Maybe it is an interference from my native tongue, but why is it correct to say “It is the locations that make this tournament special”. Since there is the pronoun “it” for singular, and “they” for ...
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A and THE, which is correct?

The sentence below A protocol is the language that a computer uses to communicate with other computers on the network. Is the usage of a/the correct? Can I change it to A protocol is a ...
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Is “a fraction” singular or plural?

I am confused about whether "a fraction" should be used as single or plural. I read this post: Should you use a plural verb if you refer to a fraction?, but it is still not clear to me. I understand ...
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When do we use “no women” instead of “no woman”?

When do we use "no women" instead of "no woman"? I thought we used "no woman" instead of "no women" by default, but it seems that some people do use "no women". Is there a situation where one is ...
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How both and each differ?

Attach a connector to each end of each cable. Attach a connector to both ends of each cable. I am not sure the 2nd sentence above I created is grammatically correct. I think it should be ...
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'you by our sides' or 'you by our side'

I'm writing a card, would it be correct to say: "We couldn't imagine saying "I do" without you by our sides" or "We couldn't imagine saying "I do" without you by our side"
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About the form of “service”, plural or single? [duplicate]

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 ?