19 Answered Questions for the topic grammatical number
A pack of wolves run through the woods?
Is the correct to say > A pack of wolves run through the woodsor is the correct English> A pack of wolves runs through the woodsThe former sounds right. However, I think the subject is *a... more
So many weapons and armor! What is wrong with this sentence? And how would one fix it?
The sentence rings false in my head. Clearly this is because "weapons" is a countable noun, and "armor" is an uncountable noun. So one could fix this sentence by breaking it up into two clauses... more
Why is the plural form of 'cupful' not 'cupsful'?
The plural form of *cupful* is *cupfuls* and *cupsful*? Shouldn't we be pluralizing the noun (cup) instead of the adjective?
Set of techniques; singular or plural?
I have an English course book that contains this question:Fill in the blank"The book is a set of techniques that systematically ______ the learner for interaction with target language speakers". ... more
When does thousand turn into thousands?
My boyfriend and I are arguing whether *thousands of miles* means 1000+ or 2000+ miles. The first argument is that 1000+ is over 1000 and therefore 'thousands of miles' by rounding up. The other... more
Can adjectives get plural s?
Are the following sentences correct grammatically? 1- *The war had two hundred **woundeds**.* (And not *wounded soldiers*) 2- *There are two **modals** in that sentence.* (And not *modal verbs*)... more
Is "et al." used as a singular or plural subject?
When referring to multiple authors by using the name of the first author and *"et al."*, is it correct to grammatically treat this as one person or multiple persons? > Gamma et al. **are**... more
Criteria versus "criterion"?
I came across several forums and articles saying that *criteria* is plural and *criterion* is singular. Some gave me the impression that *criterion* is used to denote a set of rules. What is the... more
Americans can eat Chinese, but Chinese can't eat Americans?
No offence!! Please take it just for knowledge. I heard one of my friends saying **Americans can eat Chinese but Chinese can't eat Americans**. He said so for fun, and everybody was just laughing.... more
Lots of questions for a lot of clauses!?
I am confused over the use of *lots of* vs *lot of*. I am phrasing a sentence having the following clause : > [Article] [lot-of/lots-of] [noun singular/plural] [verb] ... As an example : > A... more
In the following sentence, is rivers capitalized or not? The Delaware and Potomac rivers are beautiful.
How to break sentences to get clear understanding?
>Sparva, unlike Treland’s other provinces, requires automobile insurers to pay for any medical treatment sought by someone who has been involved in an accident; in the other provinces, insurers... more
How would you say "0.4 - 1g?"?
Assuming I don't want to say "zero point four grams to one gram," would it be: "zero point four to one gram" or "zero point four to one gram**s**" or neither? I'm leaning towards the second... more
How do English words change when plural in Italian?
When an English word is used as a singular term in Italian, it is normal to use the English singular form, for example:* un film* un computer* un marine spaziale* un cowboyWhen the words are used... more
Parenthetical pluralization of words ending in '-y'?
Sentences constructed with a word written in the singular and parenthetically in the plural are straightforward when that word does not end in *-y*, e.g.:> List all applicable... more
The Plural of Email - Emails?
I debated with my peers that we can use the word **emails** when referring to more than one and it would be grammatically right.> But most of them said since we don't say we received **mails**... more
Plural of “lemma”?
*Lemma* is the singular form. What is the more correct plural form of *lemma*: *lemmata* or *lemmas*? What word should I choose for scientific article?
Is an apostrophe with a decade (e.g. 1920’s) generally considered “incorrect”?
I typically don’t use an apostrophe with plurals in any situation, but I always assumed that the use of an apostrophe in constructions like acronyms:> Forty BA’s were given out to students this... more
Too much pills and liquor or "Too many pills and liquor"?
When you mix a mass noun with a plural, do you use "much" or "many"? I haven't been able to find any information about this.