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as much / many as + countable plurals

I am wondering whether "much" or "many" should be used in the following. it's unusual that people as much / many as four generations apart speak to each other in the same way. I'd appreciate your ...
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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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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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Shouldn't it be “government or other institutions”?

I encountered a line in a dictionary in print: designed to overthrow government: intended or likely to undermine or overthrow a government or other institution I find the usage of institution in ...
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If it's “double” why is it singular?

A double number is two identical numbers, e.g. 007 (double O seven) A double chin is someone who appears to have two chins A double feature is a program showing two feature-length movies A double D is ...
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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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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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“The farthest reach” or “the farthest reaches”?

I heard on TV (an American science program, forgot the name of the program): We will venture out into the farthest reaches of the cosmos. It makes me wonder if/when the noun "reach" is a count ...
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Parent and parents which one is appropriate in following context? [closed]

A: Sons of the same parent are called brothers. B: Sons of the same parents are called brothers. Which one is correct?
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In the sentence of concern, should I use the plural form of the noun?

If you like a song, and you think it's catchy, could you say this? Songs don't get much catchier than this. My concern is the plural songs, when people say things similar to Life can't/doesn't ...
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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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One of a group of things: “One of my cousin called me” or “One of my cousins called me”

Why is it incorrect to say, "One of my cousin called me." instead of "One of my cousins called me."
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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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Using “Some” with Singular Countable Nouns

we can say " Some idiot driver crashed into the back of me." but why we can not say " If you’re looking for some book to read, I can recommend ‘Animal Farm’." we say "a book," the question is why ...
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Do amounts *always* take singular verbs?

I know amounts and quantities usually take singular verbs even if they are plural nouns but what about this sentence? : -There ........ two dollars in my wallet. A) is B) are -Which is the right ...
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“Companies will increase their capacity” or “capacities”

Companies will increase their production capacity in 2017. Companies will increase their production capacities in 2017. A Google search shows that "capacity" is more common. But I wonder, would ...
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Formally can money be in a plural form (monies) or not?

I have studied that money is a mass noun, but now I saw that money can be in plural form as well. So I am confused. when we say on something that it's uncountable, then should it not be in one form ...
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Singular or plural usage for 'face' in the sentence

We should wash our face with clean water. We should wash our faces with clean water. Which is more natural, 'face' or 'faces'? Does the plural subject 'we' require a plural noun in the object?
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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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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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subject-verb agreement with “a hundred”

Which is correct? There is a hundred of people in the hall. OR There are a hundred of people in the hall. a hundred means one hundred but determiner ‘a’ is singular. Which verb ...