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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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When is “labor” countable and what does “labors” mean exactly?

I saw a line in the English subtitles of a non-English show: Stop playing. Go all out to fight me, or you will end up using up all of your labors. I first went and made sure the subtitles were ...
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number: a savings / saving in time and money?

I'd like to know whether "saving" or "Savings" should be used in the following: That move might mean a saving / a savings in time and money. Traditional grammar would lead me to expect the ...
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Why 'one of the… ' in this sentence uses 'are' instead of 'is'?

The sentence (emphasis added) is One of the most beautiful of the more than 100,000 known species in the order Lepidoptera are the tiger moths, moths known for the striking appeal of their ...
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“the Chinese and American people” VS “the Chinese and American peoples”

The Chinese and American people are both great people. The Chinese and American peoples are both great peoples. Which kind of wording is good?
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“there are concerns that” VS “there is concern that”VS “ there is a concern that”

However, there are concerns that they[certain drugs] could pose a serious health risk to humans. However, there is concern that they[certain drugs] could pose a serious health risk to humans. ...
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as much / many as

I'd like to know whether many or much should be used in the following: a. A whale could weigh as much / many as two tons. b. The company bought as much / many as two tons of cotton. I'd ...
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“get around regulation” VS “get around regulations”

Some people in the financial sector tried to get around regulation. Some people in the financial sector tried to get around regulations. It I want to convey the message that certain people want ...
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“fiscal revenue” VS “fiscal revenues”

Now, productivity growth without job creation and more fiscal revenue is unprecedented in economic history. Now, productivity growth without job creation and more fiscal revenues is unprecedented in ...
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Why 'was' used instead of 'were' in this sentence

Was he imagining it, or were Snape's eyes flickering towards Lupin more often than was natural? As I understand, the sentence is saying: were Snape's eyes flickering towards Lupin more often than ...
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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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Is it common to write “dreams” (in plural) even if it's composed of only one objective/item?

Let's say, there's this woman, Mary. Her dream is to have a baby. One day, she goes to the doctor and finds out her ovaries are dying very fast. Should I write dream with and s or without an s?: ...
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What is the word that means Singular OR Plural?

In the questions I see over and over people ask, "Is this word or noun plural or singular?" Is there a single word that can be used instead of "plural or singular"? Is it plurality or singularity? ...
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Shouldn't it be “government or other institutions”?

I encountered a line in a dictionary in print: designed to overthrow government: intended or likely to undermine or overthrow a government or other institution I find the usage of institution in ...
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If it's “double” why is it singular?

A double number is two identical numbers, e.g. 007 (double O seven) A double chin is someone who appears to have two chins A double feature is a program showing two feature-length movies A double D is ...
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singular or plural : doctor's bills?

Should I use "doctor's bills" or "doctors' bills" in the following? All the money went on doctor’s bills. I'd appreciate your help.
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“A man's man” and “A ladies' man”

A man's man is a man who enjoys being with other men and doing sports and activities with them, and is popular with men rather than women. and a ladies' man is a man who is popular with women ...
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“have their own beliefs” VS “have their own belief”

Many ethnic groups have their own religious beliefs that are associated with unique traditions and styles in architecture, clothing, rituals, and diet. Many ethnic groups have their own religious ...
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These guys, especially Tom, is bad

Which of the following are correct? (A) These guys, especially Tom, are bad. (B) These guys, especially Tom, is bad. (C) These guys (especially Tom) are bad. I think (A) and (C) are correct, but I'...
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Price Or prices per unit?

Let's say, there're many units, which have different prices. I don't know what the price per unit is. I don't know what the prices per unit is. Which is correct? & What are the difference ...
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Plural or singular in these sentences

Consider the following sentences: Prisons are the best options for serial killers Prisons are the best option for serial killers Prisons are a necessary evil Prisons are necessary evils Are all ...
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Which one is a correct sentence 'classes has started' or 'classes have started'

When I asked why not the classes has started, one of my friend suggested a correction: "have started" My question is: which one is correct?
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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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A popular source of information **is** social networks of users

Consider this sentence: A popular source of information is social networks of users. What I mean here is that social networks in general (not any particular social network and not all of social ...
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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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criticism/criticisms/a criticism

I think he felt discouraged because of all the criticism he'd received. His report contained serious criticisms of the finance director and of the entire board of management. I didn't mean it ...
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When does the plural have to be used for words for numbers like “millions”?

For example, I understand in English I have to say 100 million persons. But the word "millions" also exist. In Spanish I would have to use the plural for million in the first sentence. Then when the ...
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Feelings she hardly (recognize, or recognizes)?

I'm confused what verb is correct. Feelings she hardly recognize. Feelings she hardly recognizes. Is the verb 'recognize' for 'she' or for 'feelings'?
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Verb with there

I read the following line in an article by Chetan Bhagat in The Times of India (emphasis mine): Was there wrongdoing? Well, there’s all kind of versions. Proving legal wrongdoing is an uphill task (...
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Why singlar form 'that was' has been used in “the scuffles and yelps coming from the whirl of fists that was Neville, Crabbe, and Goyle”

“Come on, Harry!" Hermione screamed, leaping onto her seat to watch as Harry sped straight at Snape -- she didn't even notice Malfoy and Ron rolling around under her seat, or the scuffles and yelps ...
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“How much are those jeans?” “which one/ones?”

The question How much are those jeans? Does it mean how much are those pairs of jeans? or how much is this pair of jeans? or possibly both? And when someone flatters me: I like your jeans ...
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Dozen/kilogram or Dozens/kilograms

I bought two dozen of mangoes. I bought two dozens of mangoes. My office buys five kilogram of paper every month. My office buys five kilograms of paper every month. In 1& 2 I think 1 is ...
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“a saving of ” VS “savings of”

And the investments and efforts that we will be making in 2016 and 2017 will mean savings of 15-16 million. And the investments and efforts that we will be making in 2016 and 2017 will mean a ...
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“people who puts … their mouth is” vs “people who put … their mouths are”

So you'd say you’re one of those people who puts their money where their mouth is? (http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/language/theenglishwespeak/2012/06/...
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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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Haven’t, hasn’t, hadn't

Do I say His classmates hasn’t been interviewed?” Or haven’t or hadn’t? It is pretty confusing to me, especially the past perfect, present participle
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A number of… has or have?

A number of public scandals has recently led to new federal legislation, which is creating higher demand for forensic accountants. I had thought that since the subject is "A number (of)", "has" is ...
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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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Why “pensions products”?

The Cambridge Dictionary has a sentence: They can cross-sell to the bank's existing customers and introduce life insurance and pensions products. Pension, though a count noun, here functions as an ...
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Ocean or Oceans

The ocean is home to the majority of species living on our planet. The oceans are home to the majority of species living on our planet. Oceans are home to the majority of species living on ...
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What is the difference between each and respective?

Consider: A hotel has 10 rooms, and each room had a different room temperature at noon on a certain day. When the temperatures are graphed, which of the following is better as explanation of the graph?...
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Is 'guts' singular or plural?

Is 'guts' singular or plural? Like, which is correct: "Guts are required for this" or "Guts is required for this"?
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“only one in seven make it” instead of “makes” — why?

For example, thousands have tried to conquer Mount Everest. Of those who make the attempt, only one in seven make it to the top. In the second sentence, why the verb 'make' isn't 'makes'? It ...
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“climb the ladder of economic opportunity” VS “climb the ladder of economic opportunities”

They lack formal work arrangements and social security, and often earn too little to provide for their families, let alone climb the ladder of economic opportunity. Or: They lack formal ...
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a form of “singular”/“plural”

Illegal trade in wildlife has become a sophisticated transnational form of crime, comparable to other pernicious examples, such as trafficking of drugs, humans, counterfeit items and oil. OR ...
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“past experience” or “past experiences”?

I need to learn from past experiences. It seems to me it makes sense to say "past experiences", since here experience refers an event that happened in the past. However, I do see a lot of occurrences ...
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Can the word after “the same” be plural?

Is the sentence The same character in different locations will be converted to different symbols correct? Should character be characters so that it can match the plural form of different symbols?
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“A 10 hour course” - Why not “hours” [duplicate]

I came across this example written by a native English teacher: "The student followed a 10 hour English course." I was curious to know if "hours" would also be valid here, and if there's a nuance etc....
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Enforcing distributed and one-to-one meaning

Does the object of the plural subjects in the following sentences also need to be plural? 1a. The kids need to complete their personal collage for homework. 1b. The student drivers couldn't ...
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a bus vs. buses (singular or pluarl)

a. Twice last week, I took a bus full of students. b. Twice last week, I took buses full of students. In which case on each occasion I only took one bus ? In which case I took more than one bus ...
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singular vs plural : role and responsibility or roles and responsibilities

Customer focus is at the heart of everything we do, regardless of our roles and responsibilities. Customer focus is at the heart of everything we do, regardless of our role and responsibility. ...