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    Question "India woman (women?) ignoring health: Survey"

    Hello,

    the following headline is from Economic Times (one of the financial newspapers in India) -
    "Indian woman Ignoring Health: Survey"

    I am somewhat confused between using the word "woman" vs "women" here. I don't know if there is a rule about it. The article begins like this:

    "As Indian women continue to endeavour to do the best in their life and profession, they are tending to neglect their health, shows a recent survey."

    It means/seems that both words ("woman" and "women") are correct here since they are both used. How should one go about choosing the word? Is there any particular reason the headline should not read with "women" in it? Or, is it just a matter of style?

    The use of the word "woman" in the headline reminds me of a joke I had read many years ago:

    A: There is a woman somewhere in China giving birth every 30 seconds.
    B: Someone needs to find her and stop her!

    Thank you

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    Re: "India woman (women?) ignoring health: Survey"

    Woman is the singular. Women is the plural.

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    Re: "India woman (women?) ignoring health: Survey"

    The use of "woman" in your second line is incorrect. It should be "Women".

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    Re: "India woman (women?) ignoring health: Survey"

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    Woman is the singular. Women is the plural.
    I know. :) It seems the headlines uses "Indian woman" to indicate Indian women in general. Then, in the article, it uses "Indian women". So, the confusion is why not use either one ("Indian woman" or "Indian women") consistently?

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    Re: "India woman (women?) ignoring health: Survey"

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    The use of "woman" in your second line is incorrect. It should be "Women".
    Really? You mean like this - "As Indian Women continue to endeavour to do the best in their life and profession, they are tending to neglect their health, shows a recent survey. " ?

    What does the capital "W" signify here?

    Thank you

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    Re: "India woman (women?) ignoring health: Survey"

    He's probably referring to what should be your second sentence.
    "Indian Women Ignoring Health: Survey"
    It's possible to use singular 'woman' as in "The Indian woman is ignoring her health." This can mean "Indian women are..."

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    Re: "India woman (women?) ignoring health: Survey"

    The capital W is because it was a headline, and all the other words were capitalized.

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    Re: "India woman (women?) ignoring health: Survey"

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    The capital W is because it was a headline, and all the other words were capitalized.
    I see now. Sorry, it was my fault. I misunderstood when you said 'your second line'. I should have understood it the first time, but I misinterpreted it to mean the second of the two sentences from the newspaper (in italics). Sorry about that. I will pay more attention in future.

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