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Should singulars or plurals be used in lists of quantity after a number that is plural when the list is "[number]x item"?

For example, in the following list, should entry 2 be "6x apples" or "6x apple?"

  1. 1x banana
  2. 6x apple(s?)

I think that "6x apples" is better but I'm not sure and cannot find any other references for this very specific scenario elsewhere.

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    If you want 6 apples, then 6x apple. (6 x 1 apple = 6 apples) Apr 4 at 4:25
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    This is not about English usage. Such a list is a merely a structure in which placeholders hold numbers and the names of related items. There is no need to be grammatical.
    – Anton
    Apr 4 at 6:52
  • @TinfoilHat Given that the singular is only used with the number 1 (or -1 if appropriate) I would suggest that the plural is more appropriate for a fixed list even if you are using the multiplication symbol. I'd rather see "Apples ×6, Oranges ×0, Bananas ×1" than the same list with singulars.
    – BoldBen
    Apr 4 at 12:31
  • @BoldBen I agree, but lists are off-topic. Seriously, it is essentially a jargon. Why $3 and 6cm rather than 3 $s / 3 Ds and 6 cms? Apr 4 at 14:25
  • @EdwinAshworth lists are off topic That's good enough for me, no more need be said!
    – BoldBen
    Apr 4 at 14:50

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