Top 5 Commonly Misused Singular Words in IT Documentation

I have been working in the IT industry for almost eight years and frequently encountered common singular words that are misused in project documentation. Just like the singular word “furniture”, these words do not have plural forms:

1.  Softwares / Hardwares

The mistakes:
softwares

hardwares

Corrections:
(a) ……software……
(b) ……hardware installation and power up activities have been performed for……

2.  Equipments

The mistakes:
equipments1

equipments2

Corrections:
(a) ……, all new equipment need to be configured for……
(b) ……support the weight of the new equipment.

3.  Informations

The mistakes:
informations

informations2

Corrections:
(a) ……name or contact information.
(b) ……we have to wait for the information to be sent by……

4.  Documentations

The mistakes:
documentations1

documentations2

Corrections:
(a) ……your documentation will be provided……
(b) ……prepare the documentation below as……

5.  Trainings

The mistakes:
trainings1

trainings2

Corrections:
(a) ……participants have completed their training……
(b) ……We have the following training under low enrollment……

2 Responses to Top 5 Commonly Misused Singular Words in IT Documentation

  1. Aaron C says:

    Sorry to be “that guy,” but if equipment is not a plural, the example should be “needs,” and not “need.”

    Corrections:
    (a) ……, all new equipment need to be configured for……

    should be

    Corrections:
    (a) ……, all new equipment needs to be configured for……

    • perrinator says:

      Thanks a lot, Aaron! Truly appreciate your feedback. I guess it boils down to the context we are referring. In this case, “all new equipment” implies that there is more than one equipment involved, but I can’t put an “s” because equipment does not have a plural form. So, it is still correct to use “need”. If I am referring to one equipment, then it is correct to use “needs”, i.e. …the new equipment needs to be configured for…

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