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  1. helpless
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    hair is vs hair are?

    When we refer to head's hair, should we say "hair are.." or "hair is"?
    We say "people are", since people is a collective noun.
    What about hair?
    I'm really confused.

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    Quote Originally Posted by helpless
    When we refer to head's hair, should we say "hair are.." or "hair is"?
    We say "people are", since people is a collective noun.
    What about hair?
    I'm really confused.
    When you refer to somebody's hair you use the singular verb is. You could also say somethis like this:
    'I got some hairs that were grey but I pulled them out.' (in this case your hair was still of your normal colour, but there were a few of grey colour too, so you had to get rid of them - it is possible to use the plural verb referring to hairs in such a case).

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