I'm writing an essay and came across this problem:
I'm talking about my "login credentials" (username and password) for a web site. No problems here.
Then I have: "Retrieval of login credentials". No problems yet.
Here comes the tough part:
I want to put "Retrieval of login credentials" in the direct form:
"Login credential retrieval" or "Login credentials retrieval"
Which one is correct?
I don't know if it is correct, but I prefer the first form as there are no "s" 'es.
It's difficult to say without the exact context; but both seem possible:
1. Login credential retrieval
— here, your name and password are treated separately. Each constitutes a "login credential". The process therefore consists of two acts of retrieval.
2. Login credentials retrieval
— here, your name and password are treated together. Together, they constitute your "login credentials". The process therefore consists of one act of retrieval.