many plural words in a sentence

Consider these sentences: I created an implementation of a semaphore in terms of a mutex. This is very easy to interpret. The author created a thing called semaphore in terms of one other thing, a mutex. I created an implementation of a semaphore in terms of mutexes. This is fairly easy. The author created a … Read more

Verb agreement with subjects of different grammatical number [duplicate]

This question already has answers here: Closed 9 years ago. Possible Duplicate: When a sentence uses an optional plural, should the rest of the sentence treat it as singular or plural? I’m writing a technical guide and trying to define ‘reader’ as it relates to the subject of the guide. The reader(s) is/are the user(s) … Read more

Parenthetical plural for “an assertion”/”assertions”

I am trying to rewrite two sentences like the following into a single sentence using a parenthetical plural: 1: The rule will add an assertion. 2: The rule will add assertions. Combining them, the sentence I want would have the form of: The rule will add an() assertion(s). I don’t know what to put in … Read more

Is “Country(ies)” on a form label correct? [duplicate]

This question already has answers here: Parenthetical pluralization of words ending in ‘-y’ (5 answers) Closed 4 years ago. On an web form, where a user can select one country or several, I want to use a label more concise than Country or Countries. Is Country(ies) correct? Answer There is no universal rule for this. … Read more

What is the optional plural form of a word that ends in “‑y”?

I guess “optional plural” is the correct term. I’m referring to things like It can be found at the following location(s). Please pick up your ticket(s). But how do I do that to a word that ends in ‑y? Take category for example: “category(s)” doesn’t seem correct, because categorys is a misspelling. But everything else I … Read more

Is it “policy(ies)” or policy(s)” for an optional, parenthetical plural suffix? [duplicate]

This question already has answers here: Parenthetical pluralization of words ending in ‘-y’ (5 answers) Closed 6 years ago. When writing a noun that shows a parenthetical plural suffix option, which is acceptable, “policy(ies)” or policy(s)”? Answer Since the difference between the words is not a simple addition of characters, using parenthesis to show the … Read more

How to deal with unknown plurality

I have just seen the following sentence fragment in some new internal technical documentation: … thereby meaning the Logging thread(s) ha(s/ve) less work to do. I’ve highlighted the part this question is about. This pattern appears a number of times in the documentation. While from a technical standpoint it makes sense as it enumerates all … Read more

How to deal with unknown plurality

I have just seen the following sentence fragment in some new internal technical documentation: … thereby meaning the Logging thread(s) ha(s/ve) less work to do. I’ve highlighted the part this question is about. This pattern appears a number of times in the documentation. While from a technical standpoint it makes sense as it enumerates all … Read more

Equivalent of using (s) to indicate possible plural for words using “ies” for plural? [duplicate]

This question already has answers here: What is the optional plural form of a word that ends in “‑y”? (2 answers) Closed 6 years ago. If I want to write how many of something I have that uses “s” to indicate plural, I can use (s), as in “Joe had X apple(s)”. But say I … Read more