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I want to write a word in both singular and plural form, without having to write the word twice. Here is an example sentence using both a singular and plural:

"She had to make the choice or choices"

Can it be written like this instead:

"She had to make the choice/s"

I need this for a page title in a technical article, so I do not have a lot of freedom in sentence structure.

  • You should not use abbreviations of that sort in technical articles. – tchrist Jan 13 '18 at 10:48
  • Perhaps technical article was not the right term. I know that abbreviations can be used in what I am writing, so I would like to know if a noun can be abbreviated in that way? – Nick Jan 13 '18 at 11:00
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    The more customary abbreviation style in informal texts is the parenthesis here: choice(s). – tchrist Jan 13 '18 at 11:02
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    It's not so easy when spelling changes more radically, as with daisy/daisies. – Edwin Ashworth Jan 13 '18 at 12:13
  • Using "choice(s)" works. How about using "make a choice" (instead of "the choice")? – YLearn Jan 13 '18 at 17:08
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How about using the word 'selection'? As this word conveys the idea more of a range of choices, you might be able to get away with using selection on its own, avoiding having to say choice/s. You won't need to say selection/s as selection already means 'one or more choices.'

It says at the link below 'Selection is the act of selecting one or more people or things from a group.'

https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/selection

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