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I'm trying to work out any possible pluralization strings for an application that handles dynamic values, and I'm a little stuck on the English here.. What I think sounds right doesn't feel right.

Pluralization options:

  • Selected 1 entry (correct)
  • Selected 2+ entries (correct)

But if I want to include the total as well:

  • Selected 1 of 1 entries (is this correct? it sounds correct to me)
  • Selected 0 of 1 entries (is this correct?)
  • Selected 1 of 2 entries (correct)

I know it's trivial, but these little details matter to me..

EDIT: If the count is the max, another option is to express this as:

  • Selected all 2 entries (correct)
  • Selected all 1 entry (this doesn't sound correct? is it?)
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    You can never say *one entries. – tchrist Jul 24 '14 at 4:23
  • @tchrist i added an edit.. would it be singular there as well? – kefs Jul 24 '14 at 4:44
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    I also think "1 of 1 entry" is correct. However, expressions such as "1 of 1 entries" are quite common, for example on Facebook ("There are 1 new items" on your timeline, etc.). Give that this distinction can easily be taken care of in any programming language, I'd go for correct grammar. – painfulenglish Jul 24 '14 at 5:37
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Using entries for a single entry is not correct, which can be demonstrated by describing them/it. Adding an adjective to break up a standard expression helps analysis because it’s no longer the customary expression which “just is”:

There is 1 available entry (Indisputably correct)
Selected 1 of 1 available entry (Follows by analogy)

There are 2 available entries (Indisputably correct)
Selected 1 of 2 available entries (Follows by analogy)

There are 1 available entries (Indisputably wrong)
There is 1 available entries (Indisputably wrong)
Selected 1 of 1 available entries (Wrong by analogy)

Using “1 of 1 entries” probably sounds right because

  • it’s very common
  • the “1 of” implies that there is more than one available, and therefore entries might be expected to follow it.

but just because “everyone does it” doesn’t make it correct.

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