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    Test or Tests when describing the same test but on several specimens?

    If I have a special tensile strength test that is used repeatedly on a few samples, do I say
    "The tensile strengths of the samples were measured using a tensile strength test."
    or
    "The tensile strengths of the samples were measured using tensile strength tests."
    This has been bugging me for a very long time. Does "test" refer to a single instance, or the same test method in which case it can be done repeatedly and still be referred to as singular?
    Also, should I even say "The tensile strengths of the samples were measured" as I did above, or "The tensile strength of the samples was measured", since tensile strength can be considered a variable just like x in mathematics and probably treated as singular?
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    Re: Test or Tests when describing the same test but on several specimens?

    Welcome to the forum, rrkkass.

    Consider this alternative:

    'The tensile strength of each sample was measured with a tensile strength test'.

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