Let me explain my question with an example.

I am writing a paper in electrical engineering. We have two type A converters and one type B converter. Each converter has a control loop with a bandwidth. I want to say that all the bandwidths are selected as 5000. Should I say:

The bandwidth of the type A and the type B control loops is set to 5000


The bandwidths of the type A and the type B control loops are set to 5000

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    Either is fine. If the two types were set to different values, then "bandwidth" might be confusing, but in this case, there's no confusion. – Colin Fine Jul 25 '17 at 10:42
  • @ColinFine said pretty much what I was going to say but better. I'd most likely opt for the first one, since, as Colin said, the bandwidth for both types is the same. – Dog Lover Jul 25 '17 at 10:45
  • If we use the second sentence (plural), doesn't it indicate that each control loop has more than one bandwidth, which is not true? – Ali Hosseini Jul 25 '17 at 11:49

Since the bandwidth is the same, I'll definitely go with the first option.

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