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A word, please

Can a word be both singular and plural?

August 18, 2013
By JUNE CASAGRANDE - Special to the Sun-Gazette , Williamsport Sun-Gazette

A reader named Judy recently wrote to say it bothers her to hear "None were there" in place of "None was there." Then a reader named Richard noticed this news headline, "Disabled couple win right to live together," and he wrote to ask: " 'Couple' is singular, right? Should say 'wins right.' Right?" And though these two people are asking about different words, at the heart of their emails lies the same question: Can a word be both singular and plural?



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