To refer back to “one or more”, should I use “it” or “them”?

In one computer program, there is an option to specify one or more arguments (software packages in this case). I am writing the help documentation, so I’m wondering what phrase to use to explain that fact:

This option allows one to…

  1. download one or more packages without installing them.
  2. download one or more packages without installing it.
  3. download one or more packages without installing it/them.

Is any of them the above three options correct? Are there better alternatives?

Answer

I notice you are using the plural “packages” in all cases. The correct complement for the plural noun in that case would be “them”.

I personally have no trouble with using “one or more packages” as “more” is closer to “packages” and “one or more package” would sound bizarre.

Moreover, I agree with RIMMER that “one” could be replaced. His suggestion of “you” might work, but may strike too informal a tone for software documentation. Instead you might try:

This option allows users to download one or more packages without installing them.

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