What is the proper usage between 1) and 2)?
1) "Determine the values of the coefficients."
2) "Determine the value of the coefficients."
Each coefficient has one value in this context.
Similarly, which of the following forms is correct?
1) "Write the values of the coefficients in the book."
2) "Write the value of the coefficients in the book."
Is the rule consistent for all possible [x] of [y], excluding constructs such as "every" and word-specific exceptions such as "cattle"? I'm aware this question is very vague. Basically, I'm looking for clues like "the rule depends on whether you want to emphasise [x] over [y]", etc.
I read about the similar question 'Does a [x] of [y] take a singular or plural verb?', but I'm still in doubt after reviewing the discussion.
Thanks for any help!