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    Hi Everyone,

    Which of the followings are correct?

    1.
    (a) Related Work
    (b) Related Works
    as a section title in a scholary paper.

    2.
    (a) Earlier work in this area, such as XXX and YYY, showed that ...
    (b) Earlier works in this area, such as XXX and YYY, showed that ...
    (c) Earlier pieces of work in this area, such as XXX and YYY, showed that ...

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: Work or Works

    Quote Originally Posted by zeyarag View Post
    Hi Everyone,

    Which of the followings are correct?

    1.
    (a) Related Work
    (b) Related Works
    as a section title in a scholary paper.

    2.
    (a) Earlier work in this area, such as XXX and YYY, showed that ...
    (b) Earlier works in this area, such as XXX and YYY, showed that ...
    (c) Earlier pieces of work in this area, such as XXX and YYY, showed that ...

    Thank you.
    I'd use "work" in the first and "pieces of work" in the second, but let's wait for a teacher to answer.

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    It depends. (1.) As a section in a scholarly paper, I would infer that "Related Work" would refer to the identification of project(s) of some type such as research on some area, whereas I see "Related Works" as formal report(s), publications or documentation on certain projects. AND (2.) Depending on what YOU mean by "work" and "works" would determine which to use, but I don't like (c).

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    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    It depends. (1.) As a section in a scholarly paper, I would infer that "Related Work" would refer to the identification of project(s) of some type such as research on some area, whereas I see "Related Works" as formal report(s), publications or documentation on certain projects. AND (2.) Depending on what YOU mean by "work" and "works" would determine which to use, but I don't like (c).
    Yes, I agree, I got confused by this definition of "works" Works - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary

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