Let's say we are asking the user to specify a maximum and a minimum. What is the correct (and the most natural) way to coordinate the phrase?

  • Specify a maximum and a minimum value
  • Specify a maximum and minimum value(s)

I have just skimmed through the sections on the coordination of determiners in Cambridge Grammar of the English Language and A comprehensive grammar of the English Language, but I'm still not sure what is right in this particular case.

  • Use the singular in this case, with both indefinite articles in place. – Lawrence Jan 23 '18 at 10:39
  • Your first variant is totally acceptable; it uses deletion in an idiomatic way and remains unambiguous. – Edwin Ashworth Jan 23 '18 at 11:26

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