Re: Singular versus Plural

Subject: Re: Singular versus Plural
From: Peter Neilson <neilson -at- alltel -dot- net>
To: Joe Malin <jmalin -at- tuvox -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2006 14:37:37 -0400

In the index some items take the plural, some the singular.
Your feelings are correct. Look at some cookbooks, a field
in which indexing has been pretty much perfected for more
than a century.

Radishes, 299.

Salads, 322.


Salad, Spinach, 335.

(Those from F. M. Farmer, 1906.)

Parsnips, 314


Tomato, about, 331; for salads, 104

and to add to the confusion

Rutabaga or Swedes, boiled, 326

(Those from Rombauer and Becker, 1975.)

Joe Malin wrote:

In the index, though, I refer to the entities in the plural:
Does this make sense? Using the plural in the procedure title seems to
make sense, but then using it in the procedure introduction doesn't. On
the other hand, using the singular in the index doesn't feel right to

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