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    Post Plural or not plural "direction(s) 1 and 2"

    Hello, I often used this page to find valuable information, but this is my first question here.
    Please let me know whether there is a difference between
    "measured in direction A and D" vs. "measured in directions A and D" or which is wrong.

    Background: Three different measurements had been performed. Each of the measurements was simultaneously performed by five sensors in 5 directions: Direction A, B, C, D and E. However, a chart in the document shows only results for "direction A and D" (or "directions A and D" ?).

    My feeling tells me that direction should be singular, because I could also say "direction A and direction D". (But there is no space to write it.)

    Google shows more hits for singular: "direction 1 and 2."
    I would appreciate your help. Thank you.

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    Default Re: Plural or not plural "direction(s) 1 and 2"

    If the chart shows direction A and direction D i.e. 2 directions, you will need the plural form of the noun: directions

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    Default Re: Plural or not plural "direction(s) 1 and 2"

    Quote Originally Posted by bwkcaj_ca View Post
    If the chart shows direction A and direction D i.e. 2 directions, you will need the plural form of the noun: directions
    Thank you very much for the fast reply.
    However, your answer makes me wonder why there are 2.6 million hits in Google for "direction 1 and 2" vs. only 690 thousand hits for "directions 1 and 2".
    - Is there a difference? Or are the singular hits all wrong?

    If I hear "directions A and D", I imagine that there are multiple A-directions (parallel, multiple sensors) and also D-directions. Isn't the singular form a short version of "direction A and direction D"?

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