RE: Singular or Plural?

Subject: RE: Singular or Plural?
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: "Darges, Katherine" <katherine -dot- darges -at- defensegp -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 9 Feb 2007 13:54:22 -0700

Darges, Katherine wrote:

> Could you please help me explain which of the following is
> correct and why?
> "The group provides high-level analyses and technical assistance..."
> "The group provides high-level analysis and technical assistance..."

Neither would constitute a blunder, IMHO.

I'd go with the second to maintain parallelism with the singular
"assistance" (and "assistances" is just plain weird). The group could
provide more than one of either, but the singular is fine for both --
you're just specifying analysis and assistance as _categories_ of what's

My $0.02.


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


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