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When part of a word is added between brackets to indicate that it might be an option, how do we deal with the plural version in grammatical terms?

For example:

The student(s)

Also, when the noun ends with a 'y', do we follow the "y" with (ies), too?

Signatory(ies)

Thank you,

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