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    Question Ethic(s)

    "He has questionable business ethic(s)."
    "His life has been guided by (a Christian ethic)/(Christian ethics)."

    When should I use the singular form or the plural form of "ethic"?

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    Default Re: Ethic(s)

    Quote Originally Posted by Kaseys View Post
    "He has questionable business ethic(s)."
    "His life has been guided by (a Christian ethic)/(Christian ethics)."

    When should I use the singular form or the plural form of "ethic"?
    The only common phrase using the singular is "work ethic". You should use the plural routinely unless/until you are sure that you mean the singular. You will almost certainly be referring to ethics, and even if you mean "ethic", the plural probably won't sound wrong.

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