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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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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singular countable noun as object

It is normally the case that a determinerless countable noun is in the plural if it functions as an object, as in "to change jobs," but the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English has the following ...
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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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Is it “is” or “are”?

The Great Lakes is/are a major highway for transportation, migration, and trade as well as home to a large number of aquatic species. I had thought "is" is correct since even though the Great Lakes ...
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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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Was or were at the start of question with multiple subjects? [on hold]

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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“oil reserves” VS “oil reserve”

The Persian Gulf has 65 percent of the world's oil reserves. Is it because there are many reserves on earth that the plural form of reserve is used?
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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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Is “you was” correct to say?

I've always learnt at school that we have to say: "You were + (add something)" either if the "you" is actually one person or more. But sometimes I heard or read "You was + (add something)" especially ...
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Plural or singular noun adjunct?

Wikipedia says: Noun adjuncts were traditionally mostly singular (e.g. "trouser press") except when there were lexical restrictions (e.g. "arms race"), but there is a recent trend towards more use ...
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Distinction between singular “like” and plural “likes”

I received this question from a non-native English speaker and was not sure how to answer it. We can see that the noun "like", when used with pronouns, can be defined in singular and plural as: like ...
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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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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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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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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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'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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The cost savings “are” or “is” 50%?

I wonder if I should use are or is in the following sentence: The cost savings ____ 50%? Or should I just say the cost savings percentage is 50%. Thanks
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A and B gives or give? What should I use, singular or plural?

I want to express that fact A and fact B generate/produce/yield fact C. However, I want to state that as "A, (together with B), [give/gives] C." What should I use? Give or gives.
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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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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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“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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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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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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When should you change 'Facility Manager' to 'Facilities Manager' or should it stay 'Facility Manager'?

In a document I am correcting the manager of the building is referred to as the Facilities Manager. Should it be Facility Manager if they are only the manager of one building? And when would, if ever, ...
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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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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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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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“Where am I and my sister?” or “Where are I and my sister?”

Which questions is correct: "Where am I and my sister?" or "Where are I and my sister?"
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Shouldn't “five minute walk” be “five minutes walk” in this sentence?

Recently, while skimming through an article I came across a sentence which is as follows. The five minute walk will connect you with life. My rationale says it should have been "five minutes" &...
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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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Can the word 'crowd' be used in plural

I've found this sentence in a Straightforward intermediate student's book (p7): "I never miss." Mitty is holding a heavy automatic and the crowd believe him Shouldn't it be like 'the crowd ...
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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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Not sure whether to use singular or plural

Is it correct to write happiness and prosperity are the result of diligent work or happiness and prosperity are the results of diligent work
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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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Should nouns after “any” be singular or plural?

While I was answering a question on ELL, I got confused with a comment from a fellow user. After I indicated that: "Do you have any idea to prove it?' is grammatically correct, the OP commented ...
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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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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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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, ...