Re: Usage Question

Subject: Re: Usage Question
From: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
To: "Bruce Megan (ST-CO/MKP3)" <Megan -dot- Bruce -at- us -dot- bosch -dot- com>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 14 Oct 2013 11:22:29 -0700

>From the MMS4 entry for "Nouns":

"Do not add (s) to a word to indicate that it can be construed as
either singular or plural unless you have no other choice. Such words
may be difficult to translate because not all languages form plurals
by adding a suffix to the root word. If a placeholder modifier can
result at different times in a singular or a plural noun, use the
plural form. A word to which (s) is added may also lead to
mistranslation in machine-translated content."

On Mon, Oct 14, 2013 at 11:06 AM, Bruce Megan (ST-CO/MKP3)
<Megan -dot- Bruce -at- us -dot- bosch -dot- com> wrote:
> Hello all:
> Is it acceptable to use the following:
> Device (s) to show the possibility of more than one? I have always thought it is not widely accepted. Is there any formal rule in CMS or MMS

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