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    Question Plural or singular when using with the word 'count'

    I am an IT guy and in my code I often make variables which are supposed to store the amount of something countable. There is a general agreement that these variables should be named "something + count" in camel case.
    So my question is - let's say I am storing the amount of messages user has posted, do I name the variable messageCount or messagesCount? This has been annoying me for quite a while now.

    p.s. My guess would be to use singular, but I can't explain why.

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    Re: Plural or singular when using with the word 'count'

    It's their "message count" or "post count".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Plural or singular when using with the word 'count'

    Got it, thanks.

    And what about floor(s)Count? too(ee)thCount? child(ren)Count?

    What's the general rule?
    Last edited by Holywar; 20-Dec-2016 at 23:17.

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    Re: Plural or singular when using with the word 'count'

    I can't make out what that post is asking. You need to put a space after each closing bracket. Is your middle question asking about "tooth/teeth"? If so, please write it the way I did - too(ee)th was hard to fathom.

    The context you gave in post #1 makes sense because terms like "message count" are frequently used. The three you've given in your last post don't sound like common collocations to me.
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    Re: Plural or singular when using with the word 'count'

    Working with the object 'House' you'll need a variable which stores its amount of floors. Should it be floorsCount or floorCount?
    Working with the object 'Animal' you may need to store how many teeth it has. So is it toothCount or teethCount?
    'Human' can have some kids. childCount or childrenCount?

    In general, what is the rule?

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    Re: Plural or singular when using with the word 'count'

    In each case, use the singular. I assume the reason you haven't left a space between the two words is something to do with programming language. If not, there should be a space and neither word should be capitalised.

    If pushed, I'd use "floor count", "tooth count" and "child count". Be aware that none of them are likely to be heard in standard English prose. About the only scenario in which I would expect to hear the construction would be something like:

    A: There's a serial killer on the loose.
    B: Oh. That's not good. What's the body count so far?
    A: Five in the last month.
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    Re: Plural or singular when using with the word 'count'

    Sorry that I keep using this notation - as I said in the first post, it's called camel case and is indeed used in programming for naming things (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CamelCase).

    Thanks for the answers, also I liked your example very much, things seem clear now. You're doing great job here, guys.

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    Re: Plural or singular when using with the word 'count'

    Quote Originally Posted by Holywar View Post
    You're doing great job here, guys.
    The gals are doing a pretty good job, too.

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    Re: Plural or singular when using with the word 'count'

    It's funny that I (female) thought absolutely nothing of the use of "guys" there but Piscean (male) picked up on it. I accept (and use) it as a term/greeting for groups of mixed sexes.
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    Re: Plural or singular when using with the word 'count'

    It may be an age rather than a gender thing. My offspring, who are about the same age as ems, use 'guys' for males and females.

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