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On an web form, where a user can select one country or several, I want to use a label more concise than Country or Countries. Is Country(ies) correct?

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Not incorrect, but rather inelegant. Would stick to Country/Countries. –  Jimi Oke Jan 4 '12 at 15:36
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Or even just "Countries" and don't worry about "Country" since it is the exception in only one case. –  KitFox Jan 4 '12 at 16:15
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Kith: I think that would be a bad idea, as it would imply to the user that more than one country is the expected input. –  francois Jan 4 '12 at 16:44

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There is no universal rule for this.

There is plenty of precedent for "Country(ies)" (millions of Google hits)

There is also precedent for "Country/ies".

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Thanks, I'll go with Country(ies). –  francois Jan 4 '12 at 20:03

From a User Experience perspective, I'd say that a simple "Countries" would be best. It's less awkward than trying to cover all bases with slashes/brackets, and it doesn't mean that user absolutely has to pick more than one, it simply means that they should pick any and all that apply.

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Never underestimate how easy it is to confuse a user. I can just picture someone complaining "It wants me to pick more than one country, but I only have one!" –  slim Jan 4 '12 at 18:11
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Yeah, I could see this confusing the heck out of some people. –  Mahnax Jan 4 '12 at 20:05

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