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What is the correct way to pluralize an acronym?

I am defining an acronym which will be substituted for some unwieldy term in a document.

One thing Gary has talked extensively about is his inclination towards extracting domain objects into Plain Ruby Objects (PRO).

The trouble is that the first time I use the unwieldy term (Plain Ruby Object), it is plural. However, the acronym is more useful in the singular.

Should I just hold off defining the acronym until I use its singular form further down the page?

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I voted to close as a duplicate. I see that you are asking something a little different, but I think the answer about how to pluralize the acronym will solve your problem. –  KitFox Jul 31 '12 at 16:20
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Either recast the first use of the full expansion into the singular, or else write the acronym in the plural.

  • One thing Gary has talked extensively about is his inclination to extract a domain object into a Plain Ruby Object (PRO).
  • One thing Gary has talked extensively about is his inclination to extract domain objects into Plain Ruby Objects (PROs).
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