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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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“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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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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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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How to realize “group of” is plural or single?

This is my first time to rise question and I'm a newbie in English. I have some question about "group of" The group of students is going to Tainan tomorrow. A group of students show an ...
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watercolor or any type of water-based paint doesn't work/ watercolor or any type of water-based paint don't work

watercolor or any type of water-based paint doesn't work/ watercolor or any type of water-based paint don't work Is it doesn't or don't? Plural or singular?
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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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pluralize or not “How was your thanksgiving holiday(s)? ”

Is it proper to ask How was your Thanksgiving holidays? Because we had 5 days of holidays and Thanksgiving day was one day among those. Do I say: How were your holidays? Is the usage of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Which one is more grammatical, “5 of them are 0” or “5 of them are 0s”?

this question comes from this post. In this specific case, the Σ contains six given values, and 5 of them are 0 in this context, which one is more grammatical, "5 of them are 0" or "5 of them ...
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“A task often beyond our *skill*.” - why singular?

I am reading the book "How to Live 24 hours?" and am wondering why skill in the following sentence is singular. We are obliged by various codes written and unwritten, to maintain ourselves and our ...
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Do we use plural or singular when using the “every” word?

This question is about a particular phrase, because I know you can choose either the singular or plural form in certain constructions, but I am not sure if in this case it's alright. For example: ...
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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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Indexed objects: Should it be “case 1 or 2” or “cases 1 or 2”?

When one refers to more than one indexed objects, should the leading noun (that is applied to every one of the objects) be singular or plural? For example, which is correct? Cases 1 or 2 Case 1 or 2 ...
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Which version is correct?

I would like to know which version is correct. All it has are words. All it has is words.
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Which is correct to use- is or are

Which is correct to use- is or are- Five kilometers is/are hard to travel. sixty miles is/are good distance. 20 minutes is/are remaining .
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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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Plastic or Plastics, how different?

Each year 12 7 tonnes of plastic get thrown into the ocean and threaten marine life. If i change plastic into plastics, meaning will change?
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Is “a sequence of” singular or plural?

I'd like to confirm if a sequence of steps is singular or plural. For example, which of the following is correct: A sequence of steps is performed. A sequence of steps are performed.
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“Copyrights issues” or “copyright issues”? What about “rights issues”? Shouldn't the attributive noun be in the singular?

I have always thought it should be copyright issues instead of copyrights issues, and Google search results also support that copyright issues is much more common. I thought it was simple, as ...
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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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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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“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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Why need “any of” in “The fingers are any of the digits of the hand”?

The fingers are any of the digits of the hand, .... I saw the sentence from here. In my view, the sentence should be written as: The fingers are the digits of the hand,... It's because any ...
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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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“Which of the following statement” or “which of the following statements”?

I have seen both expressions online. I don't think "which of the following statement" is grammatically correct but I'm not a native speaker so I'm not sure. Which one of them is more reliably correct?
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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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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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“using these functions as an example” vs “using these functions as examples”

using these functions as an example or using these functions as examples Should it be examples, or an example is also okay? The point is that, we need only to use one of them as an example.
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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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What is the plural of status? Is it statuses?

What is the plural of status? Is it statuses or status? If it is status, is it pronounce the same is singuler status? Is there any difference between British and American English regarding this word? ...
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Does “one ends” make sense?

Connect one ends of these cables to this PC and the other ends to that PC. Is the "one ends" in the sentence above I created grammatically correct? After googled, I found this phrase is sometimes ...
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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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Multiple questions regarding phrase like 'A of B of C'

Figure 1 shows the Pb deposition flux from anthropogenic sources in the US from 1900 to 2010 Figure 1 shows the flux of Pb depositions from anthropogenic sources in the US from 1900 to 2010 Figure ...