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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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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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“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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“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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“past experience” or “past experiences”?

I need to learn from past experiences. It seems to me it makes sense to say "past experiences", since here experience refers an event that happened in the past. However, I do see a lot of occurrences ...
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“oil” VS “oils” [duplicate]

Today’s hair care products, typically shampoos, usually incorporate natural oil for better smoothness. Today’s hair care products, typically shampoos, usually incorporate natural oils for better ...
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When is “dress” a mass noun?

I find the singular/uncountable usage of "dress" strange in this sentence. Expansive skirts on fashionable dress of the period proved the perfect blank canvas to showcase chintzes lush with ...
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Should the number of the object “colleges” follow the number of the subject?

In this sentence: We lost contact since we entered colleges. Should "colleges" be in the plural form, since these two persons entered two different colleges?
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themselves (singular or plural)?

This is the sentence I came across, it's from a game. While Dwarven cannon were being loaded, others armed themselves with Elven steel and mail. To my understanding, themselves is a plural word, ...
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Can “staff” ever be pluralized?

I am under the impression that the word staff is uncountable/singular when referring to a collection of employees in a company. This is corroborated by some online sources I have found: Macmillan and ...
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Isn't “fog” uncountable when referring to a weather phenomenon?

I came across an example sentence on Merriam Webster: a climate marked by heavy fogs Isn't fog a noncount noun when used to refer to weather, according to the Cambridge Dictionary. The ODO and the ...
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Singular vs. plural in the object of this sentence

These two sentences appear on the same page of an online dictionary. Possessive pronouns are pronouns that demonstrate ownerships. Possessive pronouns include my, mine, our, ours, its, his, ...
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Any of your work or works

(1) Has any of your work been published? (2) Have any of your works been published? Which one is correct? I think if it is something you can publish, it will have to be a book or something ...
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Shouldn't the word “confection” here be plural?

Came across a sentence here: Unlike most blockbuster confection, the success of Bond depends on relevancy If I am not mistaken, confection is a count noun. Shouldn't it be "unlike most blockbuster ...
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Should “materials” and “processing agents” be plural or singular after “any” in this sentence?

The products do not come into contact with any materials or processing agents that contain gluten. VS. The products do not come into contact with any material or processing agent that ...
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Plural and countability of the word 'performance'

Algorithms A and B provide good performance. Algorithms A and B provide good performances. Could you please tell me which one between the above sentences is correct ? Algorithm A provides ...
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Error spotting : All my hope were duped and I was plunged in deep sorrow

All my hope were duped and I was plunged in deep sorrow. I have two questions regarding the above sentence. First : Hope is a uncountable noun so is using were correct with it or it should be was ...
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“The most delicious fruit is…” - plums or plum?

So recently I've learned that the word "fruit" is typically a mass noun, which is quite embarrassing to be honest, as I'll probably have to explain some related grammar to my students. The course ...
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Is “funds” a plural or singular noun?

The dictionary enlists it as "fund," but the word "funds" is used quite often and it means money (Ok, it can have other meanings as well. I get that) Do I say, then, how much funds did the ...
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“A lot of noise” vs. “a lot of noises”

I learn English at this file, and I have a question. I have the sentence "Jet engines make a lot of noise." (Page 6) Why is it a lot of noise instead of a lot of noises? Please help with clear ...
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Is 'stationary' singular or plural?

stationary Does the word 'stationary' always refers to singular form?
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Listing differnet kinds of an uncoutable noun. Are they countable or uncountable?

How do you I refer to different kind of an uncountable noun? For example, this is a part of my writing: Using oil (coconut oil, olive oil) to moisturize your skin after bath. Those oil... I want ...
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Track or tracks

A toy train is stuck on a track because there is no more "track" ahead; We need to add or build more "track" for it to move. Should the word track be plural in this sentence or singular as is correct ...
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Counting dough…pick up doughs

You have flakes or small pieces of different colors of dough. Do you pluralize these and say, "pick up all these or doughs?
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Can we use uncountable noun with plural verb?

I found this passage from a test. The typical way in which the piranha attacks is by swimming directly into a shoal of fish. The attacked shoal scatters in all directions, and the piranha ...
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“Camels” means “Cigars with the brand (Camel)”?

In a story I ran into these: Mr. Martin bought the pack of Camels. and He transferred the Camels from his overcoat to a jacket pocket. and Mrs. Barrows smoked only Luckies. I think the ...