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Questions tagged [parenthetical-plural]

A parenthetical plural is formed when an "(s)" is tacked onto a singular nouns. The purpose is to indicate that the statement applies to one or more members of the category. Common in legal documents, contracts, etc. Source: Garner's Dictionary of Legal Usage By Bryan A. Garner

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“Doctor's Lounge” or “Doctors' Lounge”

My assumption is that the former is correct, I suppose, if there is only a single doctor who uses said lounge: "Doctor's Lounge" But, I was also under the assumption that in this case, "Doctors' ...
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many plural words in a sentence

Consider these sentences: I created an implementation of a semaphore in terms of a mutex. This is very easy to interpret. The author created a thing called semaphore in terms of one other thing, a ...
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How to write a technical requirement covering both singular and plural

I have a requirement: The system shall store errors. I want the requirement to be true if there are one or more errors. Is this the case for the above, in regards to grammar/english language and ...
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Ensuite or ensuites

Can anyone tell me what is correct here... Our 29 private bedrooms with ensuite include: Our 29 private bedrooms with ensuites include: The bedrooms only have one ensuite each
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How to place ownership mark 's if something belongs to plural [duplicate]

In business letter I have to say that some activity belongs to affiliates. Will it be right to say affiliates's activity ? Or how rule about 's is called so I can google effectively? Ownership mark?)...
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Is it “room(s)” or “room/s” when referring to the possibility of more than one of something?

When offering the possibility that there could be more than one of something, how should that be written? Eg. You will be responsible for the cost of your room(s). Or should it be "room/s"?
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How can I say Coaching in plural?

So I've been googling for a while and I see that there are sources who says "Coaching" in plural is "Coachings" and other sources says that "Coachings" is a typo error. These are the sources who ...
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Plural by adding (s) [duplicate]

Is it okay to say Their aim is to find which element(s) of the input has(ve) the genuine impact on the output. My question is concerned with the plural of element(s) and has(ve).
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Use of parentheses to include both singular and/or plural possessive

GIVEN: "You can either pay for, or rent, your kid's baseball uniform." QUESTION: If you are sending form letters to each of a number of parents, some of whom have 1 child, and others, 2 or more ...
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What do you call a 'noun' with a (s) suffix e.g. parent(s)?

Is there a term for use of a combined singular / plural like parent(s)? For example: Do not assume there are two parents when you pen the letter regarding baby Bob; use _____ instead. or ...
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Historical frequency of parenthetical plural(s)

It seems to me that parenthetical plurals have been increasing in recent years. Is there any way to accurately measure this? Google Ngram Viewer seems like a method, but the use of parentheses, first ...
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“Directory(s)”, “director(ies)”…: what's the correct parenthetical plural form? [duplicate]

Often times "(s)" is added to the end of a word to represent one or more of something: "He saved the file(s)." What do you do when the plural of the word is not created by simply adding an "s?" ...
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Apostrophe use in singular (and parenthesized plural) possessive noun(s)

How would one combine the sigular and plural possessive forms of contractor into one form? Like for example contractor’(s’). A friend of mine is busy editing a fairly technical document and arrived ...
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What is the parenthetical plural of “baby”? [duplicate]

A letter home from daycare may be sensitive to the fact that some children have a single parent like this: Dear Parent(s), And if that same letter home wanted to be sensitive to the fact that I ...
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Is it “policy(ies)” or policy(s)" for an optional, parenthetical plural suffix? [duplicate]

When writing a noun that shows a parenthetical plural suffix option, which is acceptable, "policy(ies)" or policy(s)"?
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Equivalent of using (s) to indicate possible plural for words using “ies” for plural? [duplicate]

If I want to write how many of something I have that uses "s" to indicate plural, I can use (s), as in "Joe had X apple(s)". But say I want to write something like "The report contains 2 entries" or "...
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Parenthetical plural for “an assertion”/“assertions”

I am trying to rewrite two sentences like the following into a single sentence using a parenthetical plural: 1: The rule will add an assertion. 2: The rule will add assertions. Combining them, ...
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Entry(s) or Entrie(s)? [duplicate]

Sometimes you come across this format suggesting 'one or more', in not as many words, like "Please select the book(s) you wish to loan". But what happens in that case of plurals that don't follow the ...
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How should apostrophes be used with parenthetical plurals?

The following two sentences make sense; the first is where there's one system with one or more associated databases, the second is where there's multiple systems with one or more databases: Backup ...
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How to deal with unknown plurality

I have just seen the following sentence fragment in some new internal technical documentation: ... thereby meaning the Logging thread(s) ha(s/ve) less work to do. I've highlighted the part this ...
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Parenthetical plurals of nouns with stems that are written differently in singular and plural [duplicate]

Related Question that I don't like the answer to because it conflicts with my industry's standards (see bottom of post). Edit: I asked a new question because I'm looking for an answer, not an ...
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I'm trying to show ownership to a plural noun in parentheses

I'm drafting a lease document and have to state the following provision. The Lessee(s) holds the Lessor and the United States harmless from any loss, liability or damages resulting from the Lessee(...
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Number agreement when using “(s)” for optional plural

I have a question about the following construction and which instance is correct. Selecting an appropriate study topic(s). Selecting appropriate study topic(s). When it is both singular ...
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What is the optional plural form of a word that ends in “‑y”?

I guess “optional plural” is the correct term. I’m referring to things like It can be found at the following location(s). Please pick up your ticket(s). But how do I do that to a word that ends in&...
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Is “Country(ies)” on a form label correct? [duplicate]

On an web form, where a user can select one country or several, I want to use a label more concise than Country or Countries. Is Country(ies) correct?
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How do you make a word like “parent(s)” possessive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the correct possessive for nouns ending in s? "Please submit your and your parent(s)' federal tax returns." Is the possessive of "parent(s)'" correctly formatted in ...
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Parenthetical pluralization of words ending in '-y'

Sentences constructed with a word written in the singular and parenthetically in the plural are straightforward when that word does not end in -y, e.g.: List all applicable employee(s). How does ...
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Singular or plural verb when pluralisation is used in parentheses [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When a sentence uses an optional plural, should the rest of the sentence treat it as singular or plural? Which is correct? Buy an apple from the vendor(s) that are selling ...
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How can I optionally pluralize the word “diagnosis” in writing?

I'm building a web form and am looking to label a check box list used to select one or more diagnoses. I want to label this list in a way that indicates to the user that they may select one or more ...
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Verb agreement with subjects of different grammatical number [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When a sentence uses an optional plural, should the rest of the sentence treat it as singular or plural? I'm writing a technical guide and trying to define 'reader' as it ...
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How do I present a word ending in “‑f ” that may be plural or singular?

When we don’t know if a word refers to one or more, it is common to use a parenthetical s: door/doors: door(s) lamp/lamps: lamp(s) What’s the best or least awkward way to render this for words that ...
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How to write a parenthetical plural when the noun pluralizes irregularly?

What happens if you have a written phrase like We were looking at the same poster(s). but with a noun that has an irregular plural? E.g. with baby/babies, would this be the correct form? We ...
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When a sentence uses a parenthetical plural, should the rest of the sentence treat it as singular or plural?

Consider the following sentence: We assume that the individual(s) possesses some general knowledge of the rules of football. Is "possesses" correct there? Should it be "possess"? Is the rule more ...