Re: online help vs. online helps

Subject: Re: online help vs. online helps
From: "T.W. Smith" <techwordsmith -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- polycom -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 3 Aug 2006 17:29:38 -0400

Quite honestly, "online helps" sounds like English is not your native

Go with "online help types," "online help formats," "kinds of online help,"
"online help files," etc.


On 7/21/06, Combs, Richard <richard -dot- combs -at- polycom -dot- com> wrote:

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"?

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