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If I want to write how many of something I have that uses "s" to indicate plural, I can use (s), as in "Joe had X apple(s)". But say I want to write something like "The report contains 2 entries" or "The report contains 1 entry". Since the plural of entry isn't "entrys", it seems incorrect to write entry(s). What is the proper syntax for this?

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  • @Josh61 If I want to use something after the word in parentheses to indicate it may or may not be plural, like like how apple(s) could represent apple or apples, would I use entry(s) or something else? – thnkwthprtls Feb 18 '15 at 19:44
  • @WS2 Superb spot. – Edwin Ashworth Feb 18 '15 at 23:14
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I always understood that if the word ends in a "y" the plural is written "ies" as; berry(ies) ferry(ies) controversy(ies) belly"ies" as y is that sometimes vowel pronounced ee.

  • Thanks a lot, that's what I was leaning toward but I wasn't sure if there was a more accepted way – thnkwthprtls Feb 18 '15 at 19:53
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    @thnkwthprtls - be careful..if the y is preceded by a vowel, the s rule applies: donkey, donkeys. – user66974 Feb 18 '15 at 19:58
  • @Josh61 Thanks for the tip, I actually happen to have one of each in what I'm working on so that's definitely good to know – thnkwthprtls Feb 18 '15 at 19:59
  • Also don't make a mistake with proper nouns: Tommy -> Tommy's, not Tommie's. – Arsen Y.M. Feb 18 '15 at 21:51

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