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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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Only dead fish “go” or “goes”?

In the following quote, why does it use "go" instead of "goes"? Only dead fish go with the flow. Don't be a dead fish!
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When sentence's subject contains uncountable noun and plural noun. Is it singular or plural?

Physical training and activities benefit(s) children. This subject should be followed by singular or plural verb? "Activities" is plural and "training" is uncountable and should be treated as ...
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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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When is “labor” countable and what does “labors” mean exactly?

I saw a line in the English subtitles of a non-English show: Stop playing. Go all out to fight me, or you will end up using up all of your labors. I first went and made sure the subtitles were ...
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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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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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Does this noun phrase (a variable name) take a singular or plural verb?

I'm writing a codebook that defines variables in a data set. Should the verb of the following sentence be singular or plural (refer/refers)? (Note that the italics appear in original; they are, ...
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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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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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Collective noun query: “A fleet of cars are parked.”

Which of the following is correct according to the rule of collective nouns: A fleet of cars are parked. A fleet of car are parked. A fleet of car is parked.
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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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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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Can I use the word 'one' with the words 'glasses' 'pants' 'scissors' 'shorts'?

Notoriously known as 'only plural' nouns (scissors, pants, shorts, glasses) Question: Can I say (take these one glasses (spectacles), scissors, pants, shorts)?
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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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Interest VS interests in THIS phrase

I understand the concept of countables and uncountables in interest(s). Engineering and Math interest me. Books interest him. His interests include sports. he only seeks his own interests. ...
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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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The pronoun of the word “data”

I wrote: Web data extraction is the process of seeking and finding data on the Web, then extracting them/it from Web sources, and transforming them/it into structured data I know "data" is plural ...
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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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Why is “schematics” used in its plural form for a single item?

I am a visitor from Electronics.SE, where we often discuss the schematics for various devices. Mostly asking a user to post the schematics, because it is impossible to follow someone's thoughts ...
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Is 'stationary' singular or plural?

stationary Does the word 'stationary' always refers to singular form?
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News for plural

I am aware that news is singular and uncountable, so I cannot say it is a great news, for instance. If someone tells me a piece of news I say That's great news. But and if someone tells me two ...
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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 ...