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…
- download one or more packages without installing them.
- download one or more packages without installing it.
- download one or more packages without installing it/them.
Is any of them the above three options correct? Are there better alternatives?
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.