Is it grammatically correct to use potentials in the following sentence:

Software tools analyze data and report potentials issues.

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    In this case, potential is an adjective and should not have an s at the end. – bib Jan 16 '15 at 17:22
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    Do you mean that they report issues about potentials (perhaps voltage differences?), or that they report things that may potentially be or become issues? – John Lawler Jan 16 '15 at 17:22
  • In English, adjectives are not used in plural like in Spanish. Lose the "s"! – Emiliano Jan 16 '15 at 17:33

When you are using it in one of its noun senses and it is plural:

All of the batteries have different potentials.

(This would also be the case if you were using it in a verb sense used in third person singular, but potential doesn't usually get used as a verb).

Adjectives in English do not, unlike some other languages, change to agree with the noun they are modifying, so we would use potential rather than potentials with both plural and singular cases. So in any of its adjective senses we use potential:

Software tools analyse data and report potential issues.

Each potential issue should be investigated.

  • Just to add to this, if it is the noun sense, you could say "Software tools analyze data and report issues with voltage potentials.". – Max Williams Feb 7 '18 at 13:46

It is confusing for many, even if you mean the issues about the potentials.

Either clarify yourself with:

"Software tools analyse data and report potential issues."


"Software tools analyse data and report issues with any potentials."

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