The phrase should be "1 is waiting for review."


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    Either flag another or don't flag in single units. – random Apr 28 '11 at 19:22
  • If, indeed, you want to use the numeral 1 at all. – Pops Apr 28 '11 at 19:22
  • Moderators should not review single flags. :-) – apaderno Apr 28 '11 at 19:25
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    @Popular Demand: When would one not want to use the numeral 1? – Andrew Grimm May 13 '11 at 9:50
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    We've seen this type of bug opened many a time, but now we have an english.stackexchange.com I now find it ever-so ironic. – Andy E May 13 '11 at 10:02
  • @Andrew, I've always been taught to not start sentences with numerals, or to use numerals at all for numbers smaller than (depending on who you ask) ten, twelve or twenty. Of course, these are just bulleted list items in not-super-formal writing, so those rules don't necessarily apply; I'd probably design this page the same way, if it were up to me. Regardless, it looks vaguely wrong to some part of my brain. – Pops May 13 '11 at 14:14
  • As it is a list, the text could also be "Waiting for review: 1." In the same way, the other text could be "Marked as valid: 16." (The period is not part of the text.) – apaderno May 15 '11 at 5:43

From The Many Memes of Meta

Dear Next Person Who Opens a Pluralization 'Bug', I will personally come to your house and bludgeon you to death with a giant S

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    In this case, it's just a matter of are versus is; he cannot use a giant S. ;-) – apaderno Apr 28 '11 at 19:29
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    then he should use the i to anchor you on the ground before using the S. – DavRob60 Apr 28 '11 at 19:32
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    Yeah, but this is on the English site! – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Apr 28 '11 at 22:16
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    @Gilles Maybe they could remove the is/are, it work with "1 waiting for review" or "512 waiting for review". But the giant S is a well-tried solution. – DavRob60 Apr 29 '11 at 0:26
  • Anyone got a monkey script to fix this, that's usually the way iznit? – going Apr 29 '11 at 1:37
  • As alternative, "Waiting for review: 1" and "Marked as valid: 16" could be used too. – apaderno May 15 '11 at 5:45

The content of the block has been changed, and it now appears as in the following screenshot.


Are and is don't appear anymore in the used strings.

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