Proper way to handle plurals with “whose”

I came up (re)phrasing a question like this:

What’s so special about directories whose name begins with a dot?

But now, I’m wondering whether this is the correct handling of plurals or not. Should the following be preferred?

What’s so special about directories whose names begin with a dot?

(In French both are correct and have different meanings — singular suggests that each directory has one name, plural suggests each directory can have several names, but it might be different in English.)

Answer

The second is correct in this context. Since whose is referring to the plural directories, it must take a plural noun:

What’s so special about directories whose names begin with a dot?

The above holds unless the directories collectively have one name, in which case it would be correct to use name in the singular.

Attribution
Source : Link , Question Author : Stéphane Gimenez , Answer Author : Daniel

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