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Which is grammatical?

  1. response time of multiple services
  2. response times of multiple services
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closed as general reference by Matt E. Эллен, MετάEd, tchrist, Mahnax, cornbread ninja 麵包忍者 Aug 31 '12 at 14:04

This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed specifically to find that type of information.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

Response time would be appropriate if you wanted to refer to the response time of all the services as a whole. For example:

The response time of the services is 10s.

However, if you want to refer to multiple time instances or a time interval then use response times. For example:

"Typical response times are 8 to 16 ms for black-white-black, or 2 to 6ms for grey-to-grey."

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It depends on the rest of the sentence.

  • The average response time of multiple services were not in the acceptable range.

  • The range of response times of multiple services was not acceptable.

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Your first sentence should use 'was' not 'were'. You are talking about a single response time- the average. – Jim Aug 17 '12 at 15:01

A bit more context would be welcome. With what you posted I'd go with "response times"

"The response times of our intranet and extranet services have improved by 10% over the last month."

"The response time of our intranet and extranet services is perceived as slow by most users."

Both work. It depends on the context, IMO.

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