§ 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.

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