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    Plural or not: share price or share prices

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    I am writing the following sentence, and I want to know if I should use plural for "share price" and "performance"

    "Managerial compensation linked to share price or income statement performance is likely to provide an incentive to manipulate the accounts."

    1) Shall I use "share price" or "share prices", "performance" or "performances"?
    2) In such circumstance, what is the grammar rule behind such use?

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    Re: Plural or not: share price or share prices

    I would use the singular in both cases. If you use the plural, it would suggest not the price/performance of a particular company, but companies in general.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I would use the singular in both cases. If you use the plural, it would suggest not the price/performance of a particular company, but companies in general.
    Dear Tdol

    Thanks for your reply. A follow-up question. If singular is used, shall I add "a" or "the" before "price" and "performance"?

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    Re: Plural or not: share price or share prices

    Quote Originally Posted by holdenenglish View Post
    Dear Tdol

    Thanks for your reply. A follow-up question. If singular is used, shall I add "a" or "the" before "price" and "performance"?

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    I wouldn't.

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    Re: Plural or not: share price or share prices

    Quote Originally Posted by holdenenglish View Post
    Dear Tdol

    Thanks for your reply. A follow-up question. If singular is used, shall I add "a" or "the" before "price" and "performance"?

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    Note that 'performance' is shared by both "share price" and "income statement".
    In other words, the sentence means, "Managerial compensation linked to share price [performance] or income statement performance is likely to provide an incentive to manipulate the accounts."
    You couldn't use 'a', because it's extremely unlikely that incentives would rely on only one share price performance or one income statement. And you can't use 'the' because which share price or income performance has not been identified yet.

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    Re: Plural or not: share price or share prices

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Note that 'performance' is shared by both "share price" and "income statement".
    In other words, the sentence means, "Managerial compensation linked to share price [performance] or income statement performance is likely to provide an incentive to manipulate the accounts."
    You couldn't use 'a', because it's extremely unlikely that incentives would rely on only one share price performance or one income statement. And you can't use 'the' because which share price or income performance has not been identified yet.
    Dear Raymott

    Thanks for you reply. So is that because "performance" is uncountable here, so even if it's unlikely that it would not be "one" performance, we still don't use "performances" as well?

    Please advise

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    Re: Plural or not: share price or share prices

    Quote Originally Posted by holdenenglish View Post
    Dear Raymott

    Thanks for you reply. So is that because "performance" is uncountable here, so even if it's unlikely that it would not be "one" performance, we still don't use "performances" as well?

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    "Share price performance" means the way the share price performs. It's used uncountably here. Obviously the overall "performance" is a function of a whole lot of individual performances; but it's the overall performance that is at issue here.

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    Re: Plural or not: share price or share prices

    Quote Originally Posted by holdenenglish View Post
    Thanks for you reply. So is that because "performance" is uncountable here, so even if it's unlikely that it would not be "one" performance, we still don't use "performances" as well?
    We can use performance countably when there are discrete elements, like a musician playing a number of concerts, but share prices fluctuate over time, so it's a process rather than discrete instances IMO.

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