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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apologies vs apology

How to define when a single apology or apologies are to be used in the case of a singular personal mistake? Is using my sincere apologies valid if there are multiple recipients or if you want to ...
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one or more [plural or singular]?

Should I use singular or plural after one or more? Example: One or more [signal/signals]
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Diploma or diplomas? (Grammar)

Let's say there were men who went to school. Each student was at least obtained only 1 diploma (undergraduate). Then which sentence is grammatical? The figure for Australian men who studied at ...
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Do we use Sunday's or Sundays

Which sentence is correct? If only all Sunday's were so smooth. vs If only all Sundays were so smooth
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Should I say “they're my brother and sister” or “that's my brother and sister”?

This is a stand alone sentence, used as an exercise in learning Mandarin Chinese. It has no context. I feel that it is more natural to say "that's my brother and sister", in English. Am I wrong?
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Is “staff” singular or plural?

In the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary there is an example for "get by": We can get by with four computers at the moment, but we'll need a couple more when the new staff arrive. (Emphasis ...
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As each of them touches down… is it touch or touches?

Context: Paratroopers are landing. My brain says it should be: "As each of them touch down,..." but then again, it could be "As each of them touches down,..." You could argue that plural noun/...
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Can the word “heel” be used in singular form in the phrase “on the heels of”?

I read a sentence in The Hindu which was This comes close on the heel of recent launch of Spotify in the country. Can the word "heel" be used in singular form in the phrase "on the heels of"?
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Services - plural or singular? [closed]

Is the following sentence correct? There aren't lifeguards services in this season Specifically, I’m wondering if the word services should be plural or singular.
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Which article to use with 'are'?

I read the following sentence from an article online: We are a species trapped by a series of brightly lit screens. Is it grammatically correct? Or should it be "We are the species..."? Are both ...
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cities' sizes vs cities' size

The government should extend cities’ sizes by providing the infrastructure required for this expansion. Should I make it cities' size? The government should extend cities’ size by providing the ...
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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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if referencing something contained in an Appendix, would I say appendix's?

So my paper is about a particular book and i'm referencing one of the appendices for my argument. The title of the appendix is Nagel's brain, and i'm trying to say the quote is from the appendix's/...
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Should I use singular or plural in this sentence?

Mrs V, together with her children, jog or jogs in the park every weekend. Thank you.
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Some children are from (broken families / a broken family)

I’m always confused on how to make sentences that have plural subjects and they belong to a group. I want to make a general statement that "some children are from a broken family" but I’m not sure ...
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Grammatical error in this sentence?

A doubt assails me while reading this paper. We can define events that occur if the random variable takes one values that satisfy a numerical test. I wonder if the above sentence is grammatical? ...
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There has/have been a lot of advertisements – singular or plural with “a lot of”

There has been a lot of advertisements. There have been a lot of advertisements.
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the **diameter** of two ropes VS the **diameters** of two ropes

The experiment is designed to measure the diameter of two ropes The experiment is designed to measure the diameters of two ropes Since there are more than one ropes, I am wondering the form of "...
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Plural vs Singular

I am having a hard time when I should use plural/singular subject when I want to talk about general things. Here are some examples that I find confusing: 1-a) A crown was a kind of hats that was ...
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The renovation and extension of the building WAS / WERE completed

I've run into the following sentence: The renovation and extension of the building were completed in 2017. Is the verb to agree with what has been done to the building - or the building itself? '...
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“The first five questions” – singular or plural?

Which sentence is true grammatically? Why? The first five questions is related ... The first five questions are related ... some guys have argued that " The first five questions" is an unit itself ...
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“expectation” VS “expectations”

Near-term sentiment has shifted to the euro, amid market expectations that the Federal Reserve will put brakes on raising rates. Near-term sentiment has shifted to the euro, amid market expectation ...
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single or plural with “mixture of ”

I wonder what is the correct verb with my following sentence: Mixture of Gaussians show a good model fit. or mixture of Gaussian shows a good model fit. I think the second one is correct, ...
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First “numbers” count nouns is plural or singular?

So I have this line of sentence: This only applies to the first 100 people signing up. When I see the word "applies", I am confused, is "first 100" plural, or singular? Or it should've been "apply"...
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''source of people's income“ VS ”source of people's incomes"

Employment is a major source of people's income. Employment is a major source of people's incomes. If I want to say working is a major way for people to make pay, which one to choose?
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Income or incomes?

Today I read in an article : ...when your incomes grow.... My question is, should it be incomes or income? In first case suppose, I have a one source of income. In that case I can say: when my ...
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choosing is vs are

When using listing something using "and" it's almost always going to require are, but I was wondering if this sentence is correct. "Money and fame is not the answer." I question it since I feel like ...
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reduced oxygen levels is / are a problem? [duplicate]

I'd like to know whether "is" or "are" should be used in the following on standardized tests: Reduced oxygen levels in the river is / are a problem for aquatic life. I'd appreciate your help.
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Singular vs plural: maths

There's no doubt in my mind that most people reading this will have been faced with this most tedious question: should I use maths as a singular/plural noun in the following sentence? [random ...
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A problem with “news”

I know news doesn't have a plural, but what is correct in the following example: We must recognize real news from fake one. or We must recognize real news from fake ones. Thank you in advance
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“It is actually earphones” - is this correct despite “earphones” being plural?

My friend asks me "What is this in your ears?" and I answer "It is actually earphones" Is it correct? Do I refer to them (earphones) as for a group of objects?
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“spirit of the law” VS “spirit of the laws” VS “spirit of law”

we should uphold the spirit of the laws to build a society based on the rule of law. we should uphold the spirit of the law to build a society based on the rule of law. we should uphold the spirit ...
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Is pronoun it really singular? Google transla

Hi, I've used Google translator to translate a bunch of positive and negative sentences from Ukrainian, where the subjects of the clauses are plural. And I am really confused about, is it singular ...
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a / the occasional game

I'd like to know which of the following is natural English: Although Jimmy prefers to read in his leisure time, he does play occasional baseball games with us. Although Jimmy prefers to read ...
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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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I find it hard to describe things about sea(or seas)

I am always have trouble expressing ideas about sea(or seas?) Like, if I was talking with our friends about whether or not we could see sea in our hometowns. I was struggling to express the idea ...
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“types” vs “type” with each and all

I have different functions. Each function is able to deal with only one thing. If I have 3 variables, X1, X2, and X3, then, I can fit three different functions to these variables. One function to each ...
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What to use with “all”? [closed]

Sentence 1. All works of creative writing have aesthetic appeal. Sentence 2. All work of creative writing have aesthetic appeal. Which one is/are correct?
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Can I use a plural noun before “on of the”?

Is it correct to use a plural noun before "one of the" and in the following sentence should I use "are" or "would be"? if the sentence is incorrect please let me know the correct version. ...
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Is it reasonable to assume plurality? [closed]

In a more math/logical concept, a set refers to a collection of objects. In particular, it allows an empty set, a set with 1 item, etc. Suppose I say, "A is a set of numbers" In a relatively ...
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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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“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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“reserves is” VS “reserves are”

Foreign-exchange reserves (also called forex reserves or FX reserves) is money or other assets held by a central bank or other monetary authority. Foreign-exchange reserves (also called forex ...
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“enter into a partnership” VS “enter into partnerships”

we have entered into a partnership with a host of member companies we have entered into partnerships with a host of member companies. I mean, can I use enter a partnership to express we have ...
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Is 'have difficulties' correct?

But it is far enough away that early explorers had difficulty/difficulties finding it. What should I choose completing the exam task? Are both plural and singular correct?
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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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is it correct in grammar to compare a plural noun to a singular noun?

For example, "their salaries are higher than mine". Is this sentence grammatically correct? Or we have to say "each of their salaries is higher than mine"?
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“These kinds of” or “these kind of”? [duplicate]

I'm using a grammar checking service. It tells me these kind of projects is wrong and should be changed to these kinds of projects. I'm not sure about the correctness of this suggestion, so I googled ...
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Should grammar be tweaked to fit in a fixed phrasing?

Problem 1 The same can be applied with larger units in the article, be it sentences or paragraphs. Should the nouns after "be it" must be singular? Because the phrase is "it", then I guess they ...
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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 ...