Fig. vs Figs.

Subject: Fig. vs Figs.
From: "Adam Turner" <adam -dot- turner -at- gmail -dot- com>
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Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2007 18:54:05 +0900

Is the word figure singular or plural in-text when describing alphabetically
labeled divisions of a single numbered figure?


*Fig. 12 (a), (b), and (c) shows*


Figs. 12 *(a), (b), and (c) show *

My CSE 7th ed. manual did not seem to include this usage issue, but it comes
up fairly often. Published usage varies.

Replies off-list would be appreciated.

Adam Turner

English Writing Center
Hanyang University
Center for Teaching and Learning
Seoul, Korea

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