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    #1

    zero degrees

    This example is in 'Oxford Advanced English Dictionary'
    'Water freezes at zero degrees Celsius.'
    Why can we use plural 'degrees' with 'zero' singular?

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    I am not a teacher.

    How many degrees are there when the temperature is 0C?

    There are none. There are no degrees.

    Not only can we use the plural, we must use the plural.

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    #3
    We only use the singular after 1. After every other numerical value we use the plural.

    0.001 degrees/miles/grams etc.
    minus (negative) 1.1 inches/metres/kilograms etc.

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    #4
    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    We only use the singular after 1.
    Is minus 1 also singular?

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    #5
    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Is minus 1 also singular?
    Yes.

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    #6
    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    We only use the singular after 1.
    My dictionary says "singular...refers to one...". Is it the reason why only "one" is singular?

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