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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What kind/kinds of car/cars are you interested in?

What kind of car are you interested in? What kind of cars are you interested in? What kinds of cars are you interested in? Is there any one that can’t be allowed to be said? I would think ...
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How to use “any of”

Am I using any of correctly in these sentences? Any of its members are admitted. Any of its members is admitted.
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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 ...
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“I'm wearing a red PANT.” or “I'm wearing a red PANTS.”

Is correct to use "Pant" or is "Pants" better? Here the phrase below: I'm wearing a red pants.
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2 hundred sixty thousand VS 2 hundred sixty thousands [duplicate]

In the past three weeks alone, the number of people displaced inside Ukraine itself has doubled to at least 260,000, according to the UN's Vincent Cochetel in Geneva. Is this "two hundred sixty ...
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“Black and white dogs”: ambiguity with coordinate adjectives

A black and a white dog means "two dogs". A black and white dog means "one dog". Then what about black and white dogs? Does this mean two things? "Dogs, each of black and white color" and "dogs of ...
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college admissions tests - why is “admissions” in the plural?

That's what I saw on the front cover of a textbook entitled "Grammar Essentials for Dummies" (the words are at the very bottom of the cover). I just can't understand why the word admissions ends in s. ...
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One of the best gift / gifts in my life is love

One of the best gift / gifts in my life is love. When I indicate a single thing (love) as best, after "One of the best" would it be gift or gifts?
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How’s things going for you vs How're things going for you

I have been reading a novel (Sometimes it Lasts) for sometime now. And I read something that did not sound natural to me, so here I am to get some help on it. In the novel: “Yeah, he did” was ...
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How are “memoirs” counted as a “set”?

Send at once $3.00 for year's subscription to The Cosmopolitan, $1.00 for year's subscription to The Literary Northwest and 50 cents for a set of memoirs - $4.50 in all - to which add postage on the ...
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there *was* a man and a woman

Once upon a time there was a man and a woman who had long, but to no avail, wished for a child. Rapunzel by the Brothers Grimm Why it is not were? A man and a woman are two people, so it is ...
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Band Name Grammar

If there is a name of a band, like The Black Keys, do you say "The Black Keys are awesome*" or "The Black Keys is awesome"? Normally, you would say a band is 'they,' but then you would say 'they are ...
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“OF” usage in the beginning of a sentence

I have found some sentence starting with OF, but these are for plural subjects. e.g. Of the model reconstruction approaches using image data, data-driven categories, on the contrary, perform well ...
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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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A pair of blue jeans VS a blue jeans

Please check the sentences and let me know, which one is correct? I read somewhere: Clad in a bluejeans and a grey jacket. As per my opinion: Clad in a pair of bluejeans and a grey jacket. ...
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Correcting a Slogan

I'd like someone to share their inputs on this. An educational institute I am associated with has this motto: 'Hard work and discipline are our tradition'. I am not quite satisfied with that... I am ...
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`Is there any way… ` or `Are there any ways…`, which is correct?

I'm a self-learning programmer and every time I use Stack Overflow to post a question, on which I want to get whatever answers to achieve what I intend, I use both of these two statements: Is there ...
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“Camels” means “Cigars with the brand (Camel)”?

In a story I ran into these: Mr. Martin bought the pack of Camels. and He transferred the Camels from his overcoat to a jacket pocket. and Mrs. Barrows smoked only Luckies. I think the ...
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I found these mistakes in the English news

I read this news on Yahoo and I found two mistakes as per me, not sure if they have been mistaken or I am wrong so I need your help. This is a paragraph on Yahoo.in: "Throughout this series, they'...
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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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Plurality of verb depending on plurality of list elements

This question is also open on EL&U: “There Is”/“There are” depends on plurality of the first list element or not? Considering the amount of controversy it aroused, I believe it's past "Learners'" ...
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Plural object possessive

Which is correct if all the chairs have the same cover? "The chairs' covers," or "The chairs' cover."
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Plural subject + Linking Verb + Singular predicate nominative

All people are a mystery. Since the subject is plural, should the the predicate nominative mystery be also plural? And would the meaning still be the same? As in All people are mysteries. How about ...
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Should the noun be in singular or plural form after “some”?

I usually use the plural form after "some." Example: I bought some books about France But I would also say some source states that France is best toured in fall. Is there a specific grammar ...
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Can 'we' be singular?

"No problems, were there?" "No, sir - house was almost destroyed, but I got him out all right before the Muggles started swarmin' around. He fell asleep as we was flyin' over Bristol." (Harry ...
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How to correctly determine subject of the sentence

I have a sentence corrected by my supervisor. He wrote: Finally, directions for future work is discussed and concluding remarks are given. As I understand, we discuss directions, so it should be ...
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How to distinguish between use of “types of approach” or “types of approaches”? [duplicate]

I write an engineering text and I construct the sentence: In practical applications two types of approaches can be found. After the sentence, I describe the first "deterministic" and the second "...
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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 ...