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    What do these mean?

    1. We accept debit card.
    2. We accept debit cards. (Does this mean we accept more the one kind of debit cards or does it mean we accept many debit cards? Or both?

    Are these correct? What do they mean?
    3. We accept debit and master card.
    4. We accept debit and master cards.
    5. Does this mean we accept more the one kind of debit cards?
    6. Does this mean we accept more the one kind of debit card?

    7. There are more customers then workers.
    8. There is more customer then worker.
    9. There is more customer then workers.
    10 There are more customers then worker.

    What do these mean? Are they correct?
    8. We have more customers then workers.
    9. We have more customer then worker. (Would this be incorrect? Because it only make sense to have more then one worker and customer?

    Are these correct? What is the subject and verb?
    10. He's written a piece of software which calculates your tax returns for you.
    11. He's written a piece of software which calculates your tax return for you.

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    1. We accept debit card. :(
    2. We accept debit cards. :D
    All kinds of debit cards and/or everyone's debit card

    3. We accept debit and master card. :(
    4. We accept debit and master cards. :(
    'mastercard' is a compound noun.

    5. Does this mean we accept more the one kind of debit cards? :(
    6. Does this mean we accept more the one kind of debit card? :D
    one kind of _________ (singular noun)

    7. There are more customers than workers. :D
    8. There is more customer then worker. :(
    Linking Structure
    There = more customers than workers.
    Verb: 'are' (plural)
    Subject Complements: 'customers' (plural), 'workers' (plural)

    Note, 'more than' is a set pair. 'more then' is incorrect.

    9. There is more customer then workers. :(
    10 There are more customers than worker. :(
    'more than' is correlative. It joins like pairs,

    more ______ than _______ (plural nouns)

    8. We have more customers than workers. :D
    9. We have more customer then worker. :(
    10. He's written a piece of software which calculates your tax returns for you. :D
    11. He's written a piece of software which calculates your tax return for you. :D
    'tax return' is a noun, not a verb. It can be singular or plural:

    Singular: tax return (one tax return)
    Plural: tax returns (more than one tax return, say, from this year and last year).

    Structure
    Subject: which (relative pronoun, refers to 'software')
    Verb: calculates (singular, argrees in number with 'which')

    All the best, :D

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    Thanks.

    Are these correct? If not, why? What do these mean?
    1. There are more customers than workers.
    2. There is more customer than worker.

    3. There is more customer than workers.
    4. There are more customers than worker.

    'mastercard' is a compound noun.
    How can I correct this? Is this correct?
    5. We accept debit and master-cards.

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    1. There are more customers than workers. :D
    2. There is more customer than worker. :(
    3. There is more customer than workers. :(
    4. There are more customers than worker. :(
    5. We accept debit and master-cards. :(

    Try,

    We accept debit cards and MasterCard. :D

    Note, there is only one MasterCard proper. That is, there are as many MasterCard cards are there are people who have them, but there is only one logo/brand "MasterCard".

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    Thanks.

    Are these sentences correct? What is the subject and verb?

    1. My case fans, motherboard, and video card fan already makes a lot of sound.
    2. My case fans, motherboard, and video card fans already make a lot of sound.

    Is this sentence grammatically correct with 'case fans' for this sentence?
    3. My case fans, motherboard, and video card fans already make a lot of sound. (The sentence doesn't look right to me b/c 'case fan' is plural and that kills the parallelism?)

    What is the subject and verb?
    4. Your fingers identifies you and gives convenient access to password protected applications.
    Why do ' identifies' and 'gives' have an -s?


    If I see a car with flames (not different flames), which one would I use?
    5. This car has ghost flame. (One flame? Does this make sense?)
    6. This car has ghost flames. (Does this mean many flames or different kind of flames or both? How do you know?

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    'Ghost flame'means nothing to me. I'd see a car 'in flames'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    'Ghost flame'means nothing to me. I'd see a car 'in flames'.
    If I see a car with flames (not different flames), which one would I use?
    I'm trying to say flames as in detail, like painting on the car.

    http://www.car-shows.com/features/fl...o01_flames.jpg
    From this picture, would I use flames or flame?

    5. This car has ghost flame. (One flame? Does this make sense?)
    6. This car has ghost flames. (Does this mean many flames or different kind of flames or both? How do you know?)

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    I'd use flames there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I'd use flames there.
    1. This car has ghost flames.
    Does this mean many flames or different kind of flames or both? How do you know?


    http://www4.tomshardware.com/busines..._cards-05.html
    Our week-long research confirmed what our readers had already told us. High-end graphic cards,

    How come it isn't 'graphics cards'?

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