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Many people lost their life at sea.
Many people lost their lives at sea.

In English, we use words like life, heart soul, body, mind in the plural when they refer to more than one person.

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Tom as well as Mark is coming.
Tom as well as Mark are coming.

Two singular nouns joined by as well as require the verb to be singular.

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We didn't have many fruits this summer.
We didn't have many fruit this summer.

We rarely use the plural form fruits which means different kinds of fruit: Cyprus produces oranges, apricots, and other fruits.

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The rich have a duty to help the poors.
The rich have a duty to help the poor.

Adjectives can't take the plural form, even when they're used as nouns in the plural.

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A large supply of toys are expected.
A large supply of toys is expected

When the subject is singular, the verb must be singular and when the subject is plural, the verb must also be plural. Take care when a plural noun comes between a singular subject and its verb, as in the example above.

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