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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“Springing leaks” and “springing gas”

From the movie Moon: (YouTube clip) Gerty: There is no damage to the exterior shell. Sam: Well, it's not that I don't believe you, Gerty, but I mean, you know, this thing is springing leaks ...
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Why is “who are” is fine, but “who go” is not?

Is there any reasonable explanation (that is, not just "that's the way it is") as to why "Who are the ones who go there?" is grammatically correct, but "Who go there?" is not? In the first ...
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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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Do we use singular or plural countable noun with word “Any”? [duplicate]

Do we use singular or plural countable noun with word "Any"? For example: She hasn't any friend or She hasn't any friends which of the above is correct?
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Every - mixing singular and plural in one sentence

I'm confused by the use of plural and singular when Every is use. Which of the following sentences is correct? Every business has its own unique set of challenges, resulting in a different approach ...
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“Are” or “is” in this sentence? [closed]

There are devices whose safeness is/are warranted by those methods. The verb in question is attributed to "safeness". "safeness" is singular, so it requires "is". But "devices" is plural. So?
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“A username and password {is / are} required”

I thought that the use of is/are was determined by whether or not the noun was singular or plural. But also, I'm awful at these things. username is singular. password is singular. But we are saying ...
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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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“work that identify” or “work that identifies”

Implicitly by work I mean plural (several studies). So how should I treat the verb that comes after it? Similar to previous work that identifies Or, Similar to previous work that identify
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Plural determiner for a singular noun [duplicate]

If you let a person in, make sure to see their ID first. Is it grammatically correct to use a plural determiner for a singular noun in situations like this when it implies that “person”, “client”, “...
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singular or plural: gain information of the world from the *written word*

I read the following two sentences. I am not sure why the singular form pf word is used in the first sentence, but the plural form is used in the second sentence. Sentence 1: To gain a large share ...
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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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“do the pair of vertical lines” or “does the pair of vertical lines”?

this is the title of this post do the pair of vertical lines in empirical entropy formula mean L1 norm? in this case, "do the pair of vertical lines" or "does the pair of vertical lines" which one ...
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Can I use “walk with limps” to imply that both legs are in pain or injured?

I know that, we can say something like He had a stiff ankle on the right leg and walked with a limp. (self-made sentence) Now, I am wondering if can I use the plural "limps" to imply he had to ...
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Plural or singular in lists

This probably has been asked before but I don't know exactly what good keywords are to search for an answer. I wonder if the plural form has to follow a list of descriptors. Given the following ...
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“There is 10%” or “there are 10%”

Shall I use: Of the 10% that showed one or more symptoms, there are 20.25% that .. Or, Of the 10% that showed one or more symptoms, there is 20.25% that .. Clearly, 10% of a countable thing (...
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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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Shouldn't there be “ends” instead of “end” in this sentence?

I read a definition of the word "pylon" in Merriam Webster dictionary which was A tower for supporting either end of usually a number of wires over a long span I suspect that "ends" could also be ...
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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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Do we say “heavily invested into the stock” or “heavily invested into the stocks”?

Do we say "heavily invested into the stock" or "heavily invested into the stocks"? Let's say you buy 100 Apple stocks, do you say "I am heavily invested into the stock" or "I am heavily ...
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Noun phrases after the en dash

Some polls showed the party could win just seven percent of the vote - their lowest share in history. Some polls showed the party could win just seven percent of the vote - the party's lowest ...
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Why “is” not “are”?

The original sentence: The bulk and weight of coal required in the majority of manufacturing industries is large in comparison with the bulk and weight of other raw materials.
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Hair grow or hair grows [duplicate]

Which form is correct: My hair grow slowly or My hair grows slowly
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Singular or plural (omit repeated word)?

I'm not sure how to write this: a) Jon was accepted to Northwestern and Cornell University. b) Jon was accepted to Northwestern and Cornell Universities. In this example, I'm pretty sure you can ...
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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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Five one hundred rupee/s note/s [closed]

Which one is correct I have five one-hundred rupee note. I have five one-hundred rupee notes. I have five one-hundred rupees notes.
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Singular or plural : Each + has/have + his/their

What is the correct use of pronoun with each/every/each of Each of the boys has/have brought his/their pen. Each boy has/have brought his/their pen. Please explain which is correct pronoun here, ...
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“X and Y are the length(s) of A and B, respectively”: should length be plural or singular?

In the sentence: X and Y are the lengths of A and B, respectively. The intended meaning is that: X is the length of A Y is the length of B Should length be used with the plural or the singular ...
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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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Singular vs. plural verb form for an and-compound subject

If the subject is an and-compound like "cat and dog", then some languages put the verb into the plural form: The cat and the dog are hungry. Other languages take the quantity of the last element ...
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Plenty of similarities isn’t it.? Or Plenty of similarities aren't it? Which expression is correct

Plenty of similarities isn’t it.? Or Plenty of similarities aren't it? Which expression is correct when we are comparing & referring to some 20 or more pictures?
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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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Tons of , as singular and plural?

The chamber wrote a letter to Boswell asking her to withdraw the bill, citing statistics from the World Economics Forum that say nearly 8 million metric tons of plastic get into the ocean every minute....
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success or successes? Which is natural?

All success with no failure often leads to a person to an arrogance. All successes with no failures often lead to a person to an arrogance. Two sentences are both correct or one of them is wrong? If ...
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Only dead fish “go” or “goes”?

In the following quote, why does it use "go" instead of "goes"? Only dead fish go with the flow. Don't be a dead fish!
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Are subjects joined by “and” singular or plural? [duplicate]

Please, explain me should we refer to the subject as singular or plural, when there are multiple subjects in one sentence joined by the conjunction "and". I have the sentence as an example. Can we ...
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There is vs there are?

There is the brother and the sister vs There are the brother and the sister If they were brothers and sisters would it be is or are?
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Are police here, aren't it\they?

1) If the word police is plural, then we have such a sentence Police are here Okay, no questions, but what to do with the tag question? Police are here, aren't it? or Police are here, aren'...
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Why do we use the plural of movies in this phrase “We went to the movies last night.”?

I found this sentence: We went to the movies last night. at the following URL: https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/movies Why do they use the plural "movies", why not use the ...
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Plural or singular after “either x or y object”

Which one is correct? Either in the first or second version Or, Either in the first or second versions
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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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