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Let's say I've got two departments: Sales and Marketing. Each department generates Reports and Recommendations.

To refer to all of that, I've written: "Sales and Marketing Reports and Recommendations". However, that sounds kind of ambiguous to me. Is it grammatically correct? Is there a better way to phrase this that makes it more clear while not becoming too unwieldy?

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Add the word "department" and you'll have an unambiguous description:

"Sales and Marketing Departments' Reports and Recommendations"

Note the s' because you are referring to the Reports and Recommendations of multiple departments.

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That's a great, simple solution! Thanks! – matikin9 Mar 6 '13 at 18:56

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