Re: Singular or Plural?

Subject: Re: Singular or Plural?
From: Janice Gelb <janice -dot- gelb -at- sun -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Sun, 11 Feb 2007 10:14:06 +1100

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..."

Even if it is a correct plural formation,
"analyses" is going to look like a typo
to most people. And I don't think this
construction works anyway: "assistance"
can be used without an accompanying
explanation but "analysis" begs the
question: "analysis" of *what*?

I'd rewrite it to answer that question:

"The group provides high-level analysis of
internal specifications and technical assistance..."

-- Janice

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