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 threatened baseball player's strike

The closest thing to a labor war today is a threatened baseball player's strike and whether the major league baseball season will be shortened and whether there will be a World Series. In my opinion, ...
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Singular or plural form of a noun

The A and B group(s) were comprised of 100 and 150 individuals. In this sentence, which of singular or plural form should I choose? Or does it make sense if both are used? Thank you for your answer ...
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Can we use “consumptions” in this case?

It is clear that the consumptions of beef, lamb and fish declined over a 5-year period. I would like to ask that is it grammatically correct to use "consumption" as plural noun (consumptions) in ...
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Why “the” in “he had all the vices”

Why "the" in "he had all the vices" in the sentence: "Indeed he had all the vices save one - he never drank." from book "Titan" by Ron Chernow.
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is 'Have a Questions?' a correct English

I know this sounds silly but I purchased a template for my website and on the footer and contact page it has the <h2 class="">Have a Questions?</h2> text. Is the English correct or should ...
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A mixture of things that offer/offers

A mixture of things that offer Or, A mixture of things that offers It is not obvious to me which one is correct because mixture is singular but things is plural.
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“Which one” or “Which ones”

What should I use? When you ask a person to choose only one kind of thing. Which one do you like? apples, candies or cookies? or Which ones do you like? apples, candies or cookies?
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Confused with singular or plural when using “the same” expression

I want to express that "annual average prices are the same for three years" but the scale changed from year to decade. Since there is no equivalent of "annual" for decade as far as I know, I probably ...
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Should I pluralize the object of a plural subject?

Examples: We can help ensure future shoppers complete their purchase. vs We can help ensure future shoppers complete their purchases. Another: The new law mandates city bikers wear a ...
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Is “they” singular or plural in this context?

Hypothetically, in the context of -What's your favorite restaurant to eat food -If they have food, I'll eat it" was said. Would "they" be singular or plural?
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Plural or singular when referring to a team

The Lions are a shadow of their former self. The Lions are a shadow of their former selves. I am not sure if both are correct, because technically you can say "their self", but something tells ...
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Confusion about scissors being a plural word [duplicate]

I sometimes notice that scissors is being used as a plural word. I guess there is some confusion to it that people can't understand or maybe it's me who doesn't know something about it becoming plural?...
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“Any kind of CAR” vs “Any kind of CARS”?

What sentence between those two is valid, using singular or plural with "any kind of" ? Any kind of car Or Any kind of cars
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85% of the population is/are

85% of the population of the USA is Christian. 85% of the population of the USA are Christian. Which one is correct?
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“fish” vs “fishes” Which one is correct here? [duplicate]

I know fish and fishes are both correct depending on the situation. But, what would you say in the following situation? How many fish/fishes can you see in the lake? -> 5 fish/fishes
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“Take a look at our Uniform, Workwear and PPE solutions.” or “Take a look at our Uniform, Workwear and PPE solutions.”

the following statement is going onto a mail to customers and we are having a debate on if it should be uniform or Uniforms? Take a look at our new website today to learn a little more about our ...
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“My banana score” or “My bananas score”?

Let's say I made a contest to eat bananas in one day. I ate 12 bananas today. That would be: My bananas score Or My banana score
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How to refer to multiple actions using a gerund?

If I check something 3 times, how may I refer to them using a gerund? Are these sentences ok? a. All 3 checkings found some problems. b. All 3 checking found some problems. And how about other ...
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Plural with decimals

I am trying to determine the proper way to write tenths of a mile in press releases. So is it from 0.5 miles north to 0.2 miles south of FM 12? Or from 0.5 mile north to 0.2 mile south of FM 12? ...
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How to write an abbreviation of a plural form of the term

If I am writing text which contains plural form of a term that I include its abbreviation in brackets, should I include the s in the term itself inside the brackets or outside or not include the s in ...
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Why does it have to be 'scissors' and not just 'scissor'?

I'm wondering why I need to say scissors instead of just 'scissor'. Are there any rules about it? I would think that I only have one scissor, meaning it would be singular and not plural. (That's at ...
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Nouns expressing number and weight

I read in a grammer book that nouns expressing number and weight (when preceded by numerals ) are not pluralized, as: five dozen apples, five head of cattle, four yoke of oxen, etc. My question is ...
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Is “There is 300 tonnes of water” correct in terms of grammar?

Can I write: "There is 300 tonnes of water"? We can definitely write: "There are 300 bottles of water" but I am not sure if this is the case with tonnes, dollars, pounds .etc?
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Using definitive article with “number of”

Should I use an article with limited number of This shop is visited by a limited number of customers. Or, This shop is visited by limited number of customers.
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Posting memes, photos and jokes ‘is’ not or ‘are’ not?

Which one of these two sentences is correct: Posting lame memes, photos and jokes IS not gonna make you funny. Posting lame memes, photos and jokes ARE not gonna make you funny.
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Synonym for “he's senseless”

He's senseless since yesterday.  Can I say the quoted sentence as His sense didn't (return/come back)(i) since yesterday  –if not, what will be appropriate at position (i)?
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I am a 26-year-old who hasn’t or haven’t?

I’m a 26 year old guy who hasn’t watched X... I’m a 26 year old guy who haven’t watched X... Which one would be accurate?
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Use “are” or “is” after percentage

Should I use is or are in such a statement? We report that the integrity of 21% of the websites [is/are] compromisable.
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Another case of [singular/plural]?

Let us say there is a family of computer attacks known as DoS attacks. If I want to describe a case of these attacks shall I use singular or plural? Another case of DoS [attack/attacks] is ... ...
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In this sentence “will reach you at best moments” the word moment or moments is correct?

In this sentence "will reach you at best moments" the word moment or moments is correct?
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“each + singular ” or “each + plural”

The server is connected to each PC in the class via cables. The server is connected to each PC in the class via a cable. I would like to know whether the two sentences listed above I created ...
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Usage of plural nouns with and without 'the'

Can I use the plural nouns in the given sentences with and without the. What difference in meaning does the create in the sentences? And as an English speaker which one sounds best to your ears? John,...
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Confusion about is/are in the subordinate clause

Which of the following sentences is/are correct? Is it just me or you guys too who are getting the notifications from WWE? Is it just me or you guys too who is getting the notifications from ...
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Which one is more used: tomato or tomatoes / strawberry or strawberries?

When asking "Do you like...?" or saying "I like or I don't like...", is it more idiomatic to put "tomato" or "strawberry" in the singular or in the plural?
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How to use the word “food” in the plural?

Is it correct and totally colloquial to ask someone "What are your favourite foods and drinks?" in order to ask about what different foods and drinks they like, not meaning the dishes? or should one ...
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Neither of my parents {drinks/drink} coffee [duplicate]

If you are given such sentence, Neither of my parents drinks coffee. Should the verb be "drinks" or drop the s?
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“crime or crimes”? & “are or is”?

I've read some essays in order to improve my english but I am confused about the first sentences whetever or not to be right. "Media should stop these crime like acts." or "Media should stop these ...
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“Raising up the dead” VS “Raising up the deads”

It seems the correct sentence would be : Raise up the dead Though "dead" is supposed to be about dead things or persons, which would be plural. So why wouldn't we say : Raise up the deads ?
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Al kinds of vegetables: singular or plural

Which one is correct: All kinds of vegetable vs. All kinds of vegetables? Thank you for your help
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Should I use food list or foods list?

I am not sure which one I should use. For example, I want to talk about a keto food list or a dairy-free food list. Or is it a dairy-free foods list? I see both spellings, even on reputable websites.
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Can a verb be “both” singular or plural

As the grammar says, we should always use a singular verb with a singular noun and a plural verb with a plural noun. We say: I speak. He speaks. Are they both (speak and speaks) singular ...
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Image directory or Images directory? (Pluralizing of attributive nouns)

(The original title of this question was "Image directory or Images directory?" I changed it later.) As I know, we say car park train station bookshelf I.e. the words "park", "station", "shelf" are ...
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When to use “a part”, “part”, and “parts”

I am wondering if this sentences are correct or not: "Mistakes are a part of a learning process" "Mistakes are part of a learning process" "Mistakes are parts of a learning process" And ...
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“Our content is all about geography quizzes” or “our content are all about geography quizzes”?

"Our content is all about geography articles" or "our content are all about geography articles"? Which one is correct? I thought the second one is but when I type it, the Grammarly tells me it's ...
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“that is” or “that are”

These are electric cars that is cars that run on electricity. or These are electric cars that are cars that run on electricity. To clarify cars that run on electricity does not add any new ...
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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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