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When Not to Use Plurals.  

Brenda Gregoline

in AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors (11th edn)

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2020
Published Online: 
Feb 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/jama/9780190246556.003.0009.021.0009
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Do not pluralize nouns that cannot stand on their own as plurals. blood samples (not bloods) chemistry studies (not chemistries) serum samples (not sera) surgical procedures (not surgeries) urine tests (not urines) Previous | Next Some nouns, because they end in a “plural” form, are mistaken for plurals, even though they should be treated as singular and take a singular verb....

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