RE: online help vs. online helps

Subject: RE: online help vs. online helps
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: "T K" <tvk_tw -at- yahoo -dot- ie>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, <techcomm -at- user -dot- itconsult -dot- co -dot- uk>
Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2006 11:27:42 -0600

T K wrote:

> Just a quick question regarding singular vs. plural of online
> help. In cases where there are multiple online help types or
> formats, can these be referred to collectively as "online
> helps"? It doesn't sound right, but words or phrases that
> don't sound right are not necessarily always wrong.

It made me wince. ;-) Please refer to the recent discussion of
mass/collective nouns.

Maybe I'm not understanding the context, but if you need to refer to
"multiple online help types or formats," why not call them "online help
types" or "online help formats"?


Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom


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