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Multiple parenthetical citations from different sources mid sentence

I'm trying to keep with MLA format 7th edition and I'm not sure how to properly parenthetically cite a complex sentence. I have sources S1, S2, S3 where S1 and S2 have the same author, but different ...
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How should apostrophes be used with parenthetical plurals?

The following two sentences make sense; the first is where there's one system with one or more associated databases, the second is where there's multiple systems with one or more databases: Backup ...
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How to deal with unknown plurality

I have just seen the following sentence fragment in some new internal technical documentation: ... thereby meaning the Logging thread(s) ha(s/ve) less work to do. I've highlighted the part this ...
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“The Japanese are a hard-working people.” Is this grammatically correct?

I came across this statement. Is this correct? I am specifically confused at the part where "a" comes after "are".
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How do I use parentheses to pluralize something [duplicate]

Related Question that I don't like the answer to because it conflicts with my industry's standards (see bottom of post). Edit: I asked a new question because I'm looking for an answer, not an ...
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Plural negative [duplicate]

I want to make the sentence This creature does not possess a liver. into a plural form. Which of the following is correct? These creatures do not possess livers, or These creatures do not possess ...
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Should a parenthetical verb agree with the main subject?

The question is how to write the following sentence in a parenthetical form: Loops — A loop is an arc that pairs a vertex to itself. — are not allowed here. Are the following ...
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I'm trying to show ownership to a plural noun in parentheses

I'm drafting a lease document and have to state the following provision. The Lessee(s) holds the Lessor and the United States harmless from any loss, liability or damages resulting from the ...
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Number agreement when using “(s)” for optional plural

I have a question about the following construction and which instance is correct. Selecting an appropriate study topic(s). Selecting appropriate study topic(s). When it is both singular ...
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What is the optional plural form of a word that ends in “‑y”?

I guess “optional plural” is the correct term. I’m referring to things like It can be found at the following location(s). Please pick up your ticket(s). But how do I do that to a word that ends ...
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Parenthetical pluralization of words ending in '-y'

Sentences constructed with a word written in the singular and parenthetically in the plural are straightforward when that word does not end in -y, e.g.: List all applicable employee(s). How does ...
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Singular or plural verb when pluralisation is used in parentheses [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When a sentence uses an optional plural, should the rest of the sentence treat it as singular or plural? Which is correct? Buy an apple from the vendor(s) that are ...
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Verb agreement with subjects of different grammatical number [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When a sentence uses an optional plural, should the rest of the sentence treat it as singular or plural? I'm writing a technical guide and trying to define 'reader' as ...
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How to deal with irregular plural(s)?

What happens if you have a written phrase like We were looking at the same poster(s). but with a noun that has an irregular plural? E.g. with baby/babies, would this be the correct form? We ...
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When a sentence uses an optional plural, should the rest of the sentence treat it as singular or plural?

Consider the following sentence: We assume that the individual(s) possesses some general knowledge of the rules of football. Is "possesses" correct there? Should it be "possess"? Is the rule ...