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    Shold I add a (s) in the following words fro this simple sentence?

    "Requests for installations of software(s) must have an authorisation and follow a proper procedure"

    This the whole snetence correct?

    Thanks in advance.




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    Quote Originally Posted by yeamaozi View Post
    Shold I add a (s) in the following words fro this simple sentence?

    "Request for installation of software(s) must have an authorisation and follow a proper procedure"

    This the whole snetence correct?

    Thanks in advance.


    Remove 's' from the words 'request' and 'installation'

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    Default Re: singular or plural

    "Requests for installation of software must have an authorisation and follow a proper procedure"

    and to a lesser extent:
    "Any request for installation of software must have an authorisation and follow a proper procedure"

    and follow a proper procedure
    This is oddly worded. Is the intended meaning something like 'must go through proper channels' - that is, don't just walk up to my desk and shove an authorized request form in my face and expect me to drop everything and install Space Invaders on your computer then and there for you'.
    Last edited by David L.; 21-Oct-2008 at 10:31.

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    Why "softwares" is wrong?

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    Quote Originally Posted by redgiant View Post
    Why "softwares" is wrong?
    "Software" is uncountable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "Software" is uncountable.

    I think it is OK to use "softwares" to describe some different kind of softwares.
    Ex: security software, studying software, windows software, open code software ... which you can see frequently in internet today.

    Am I wrong?

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    Hanky: No, you are not wrong.
    As opposed to what is suggested by Raymott, 'software' has ceased to be 'uncountable', as in...

    Computer software - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Most commercial and large softwares have software documentation so that the end user can understand the program, what it does and how to use it. ...
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software - 79k - Cached - Similar pages


    ...as one of the 34 million! references brought up on Google by "softwares" (note the quotation marks).

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    <...as one of the 34 million! references brought up on Google by "softwares" (note the quotation marks). >

    And there are 330,000 Google references for "had went".
    Hang around, David, I'll feed you some more easy ones!

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    Default Re: singular or plural

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    "Requests for installation of software must have an authorisation and follow a proper procedure"

    and to a lesser extent:
    "Any request for installation of software must have an authorisation and follow a proper procedure"

    and follow a proper procedure
    This is oddly worded. Is the intended meaning something like 'must go through proper channels' - that is, don't just walk up to my desk and shove an authorized request form in my face and expect me to drop everything and install Space Invaders on your computer then and there for you'.
    Thanks David,

    can you give me example of when we can use "Installations" ?Is his sentense correct "a guideline for machine installations"?


    Thanks in advance
    Last edited by yeamaozi; 22-Oct-2008 at 04:40.

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