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If you have a sentence that is referring to several people who share the same title, does the title become plural?

  • We are pleased to announce the promotion of John, Bob, and Joe, to the position of Associates.
  • We are pleased to announce the promotion of John, Bob, and Joe, to the positions of Associate.
  • We are pleased to announce the promotion of John, Bob, and Joe, to the position of Associate.
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      When unsure, I find it's easiest to reword: "We are excited to announce our new Associates, John, Bob and Joe following their promotion" or similar – mcalex 2 days ago
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      As Lucy Kellaway once wrote, “leave your excitement for the bedroom”. And leave multiples for the mathematicians. – David 2 days ago
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    The position they are being appointed to is titled Associate so this would be correct:

    "We are excited to announce the promotion of John, Bob, and Joe to the position of Associate." (Leave out your comma before to.)

    Alternatively, you could talk about their individual positions:

    "We are excited to announce the promotion of John, Bob, and Joe to their new positions as Associates."

    Each one is an Associate, and they are all Associates. Each one has the position of Associate.

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    GArthurBrown's answer is entirely correct, though I would like to add that titles are pluralized when they are used before the names in question. For example:

    "We are pleased to introduce professors Einstein and Newton."

    "Doctors Kahneman and Anderson are the foremost modern psychologists."

    "The suspects were taken into custody by officers Walker and Trivett"

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      I assume Kahneman and Anderson have doctorates, and while Walker and Trivett are technically Texas Rangers, I felt "officers" was a more appropriate example – automaton 2 days ago
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      And let's also add "Messrs Brown and Smith graced us with their waffles." – GArthurBrown 2 days ago
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      You could repeat the title with each name, as an alternate style, right? – Garrett Motzner 2 days ago
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      @GarrettMotzner Certainly. "President Joe Biden and President Vladimir Putin will meet to discuss the terms of a new treaty." – automaton 2 days ago

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