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I'm building a web form and am looking to label a check box list used to select one or more diagnoses. I want to label this list in a way that indicates to the user that they may select one or more items.

If it were a list of cars, the label would read "Car(s)". The 's' in parentheses indicates that they may select multiple cars but it's not necessary.

How would I do the same for the word diagnosis? My first thought was "Diagnosis(es)". Is this correct?

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@Bogdan - Correct. However, I'm looking to write the word in a way that conveys that both the singular and plural form may apply. –  tQuarella Aug 19 '11 at 15:16
    
You can't go wrong with Diagnosis/Diagnoses. –  Jeremy Aug 19 '11 at 15:22
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"Diagnosis(es)" is certainly awkward. For me, just "Diagnoses" is a little awkward too, especially if the usual case will be a single diagnosis. I would probably just write "Diagnosis" and in smaller letters "(check all that apply)". –  Jason Orendorff Aug 19 '11 at 15:28
    
@Jason - I like it. I think I'll go with that. If this were UX I'd say you should post it as an answer. I am still curious about the the correctness of diagnosis(es) though. –  tQuarella Aug 19 '11 at 15:38
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I agree that Diagnosis(es) is awkward...I would suggest using the form that represents the most common usage: "Diagnoses" if there are usually multiple diagnoses, and "Diagnosis" if one diagnosis is the norm.

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When speaking, the plural Diagnoses is usually pronounced Di-ag-no-sees, while the verb Diagnoses is pronounced Di-ag-no-sez –  Adam Fabicki Aug 19 '11 at 17:27
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