§ 38. Prefer the singular over the plural.
Edit the following sentences to change the plural to singular when appropriate:
In a state-court rulebook, find a rule that is undesirably worded in the plural. Photocopy the rule and edit it to fix the problem you've identified. If you're part of a writing group or class, bring a copy of your edited version for each colleague.
In the literature on legal drafting, find additional authority for the idea that a singular construction typically works better than a plural one.
© 2001, Bryan A. Garner
These exercises appear in Bryan A. Garner's Legal Writing in Plain English: A Text with Exercises, published by The University of Chicago Press and available at bookstores and on the Web at www.press.uchicago.edu.