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Not expect any result OR results?

Which one is correct plural or singular for result in negative sentence? He did not expect any result. or He did not expect any results.
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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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Image directory or Images directory?

As I know, we say car park train station bookshelf I.e. the words "park", "station", "shelf" are singular. What is the correct way to refer to the directory that contains different images: image ...
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What's the difference between “The Greenford team have” and “The Greenford team has”?

The Greenford team have completed the installation and hopes that word will soon get around about this life-saving equipment AND The Greenford team has completed the installation and hopes that ...
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“this is” or “these are”

I understand that we use "is" for singular and "are" is for plural. But I've heard so many times, for example: "This is my hands". And I don't remember other phrases where people use "this is" for ...
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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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Why the term “diverse” can be used in singular form?

According to Collins, the meaning of the term "diverse" is "If a group or range of things is diverse, it is made up of a wide variety of things" so it seems it can be used to explain multiple things. ...
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matching the verb form with complicated subjects

I recently came across a sentence: The second class of disparates have more to do with the particular foibles of the aperture involved. Here, the verb is in plural form, I guess, in relation to ...
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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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'loss of life“ VS ”loss of lives"

This year’s target is reducing loss of life. In the context, it means to reduce fatalities. In my opinion, since there are many lives invovled, the above sentence should be worded like this: ...
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The Center is located at five sites in Honolulu

The Center is located at five sites in Honolulu. I found this on the Internet. I am confused why this uses singular form "the center is" regardless of "five sites". Is this sentence grammatically ...
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Using plurals of scientific words regarding events

Mostly people say "too much apoptosis can lead to cancer" or "too much photosynthesis". However would it be wrong to say "many apoptoses" or "too many a apotosis" or "too many apoptoses"? The first ...
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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” and subject verb agreement

Painting involves a fixed perspective and a form of rational thinking that engages sight. or Painting involves a fixed perspective and a form of rational thinking that engage sight. or ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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Verb matching with a subject that is essentially plural, but is actually singular.

I was looking over my writing and it came to me, it referring to the question. This was the sentence, I was looking at. In particular, his mother’s French, with his father’s Russian ...
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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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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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Everyone with plural usage

Everyone want their homes to be in the centres of cities Is this correct usage or is there any alternative way to convey the same?
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What is the difference between “Does everybody…” and “Do everybody…”?

Which one of these is correct? Do everyone in the show speak Spanish? Does everyone in the show speak Spanish? And can someone explain when it is appropriate to use the words "do" and "...
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A list of item or items?

Is it grammatically okay to use a singular noun after "a list of"? For example, which one is correct among the following sentences? I have a list of item. I have a list of items. I thought the noun ...
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woods - gramatically singular or plural

It is clear that "woods" is semantically plural, but what about gramatically? Can it be both singular and plural, as other collective nouns ? Example: The woods of this town contain many secrets. The ...
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Is “number (as in amount) of things” considered singular or plural?

I am more inclined to say that it is singular, so I rather form sentences like: The number of chairs is N. I am not sure enough about it to insist about it, though. Is "is" correct? Is "are" ...
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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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One of the things that “fascinate/fascinates” us most about cats

One of the things that fascinates us most about cats is the popular belief that they have nine lives. Can I use "fascinate" not "fascinates" to direct to the "one"? I first thought that "fascinate’" ...
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Holiday vs Holidays

What sentence is correct and why: I spent my holiday at the seaside. I spent my holidays at the seaside. or Where do you want to go for a holiday? Where do you want to go for ...
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What verb form should I use after “and/or”? “are” or “is”?

The sentence is the next: Item can't be represented in the graphic because its value on X and/or Y aren't defined. After "X and/or Y" should I use "aren't" or "isn't"? And if I use "X or Y, or ...
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“Are a”, plural / singular irony

I read on news that ... such checks are a must for ... why is the plural subject here followed by "a", a singular determiner?
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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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Is The preferred followed by a singular or plural noun

Would you say The preferred Swiss chocolates OR The preferred Swiss chocolate
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The question/questions which one is this? or which ones are these?

Consider a sentence below. The question/questions "which one is this?" or "which ones are these?" force an identifying response. I am confused. Should I use "the question" or "the questions?" ...
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Questions on compund nouns in the form of 'A of B'

In this forest, we have ten different types of trees. Each type of trees needs a specific type of fertilizers. The choice of fertilizers is depending on the type of trees. Hi, I don't know when to ...
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Figure of Speech - Comparing Singular with Plural, and Vice Versa

Can I compare nouns with contrasting numbers. Assume I'm in a furniture shop: These cabinets are like the guy from yesterday. Or should I always tie the numbers? So I should just pick one cabinet ...
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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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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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Was or were at the start of question with multiple subjects? [closed]

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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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 ...