Example sentence:

I navigated through the shelves, matching their numbers with the ones in my information tags, which would lead me to the flattened version(s) of the furnishings I fell in love with.

Do I need the s? Why or why not?

Note: I only found one instance of the first: "a digitally flattened version of the hummed sentences." Source. Not sure if it's correct, though.

  • It could be either. It depends on how many versions you expect to find. Keep in mind that, in your example itself, you don't the results yet.
    – user3169
    Oct 26, 2017 at 18:24

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You do need the S - unless all items have the same version.

If not, then there are multiple items, each with one of more versions, so you need to speak of versions.

If each item has only one version, then consider

which would lead me to the flattened version of each of the furnishings I fell in love with

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    Thanks for the answer. Why would you write that I fell in love with instead of I fell in love with?
    – alex
    Oct 26, 2017 at 13:49
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    -1: There is nothing wrong with eliminating that in the sentence. Such elisions are common and well understood. And they're actually how people talk most of the time. There is no semantic difference between the two versions.
    – Robusto
    Oct 26, 2017 at 14:07
  • Ok, I can accept that. Just a knee jerk feeling when I saw it written. Hmmm, a meta question might be whether this site address written or spoken English and whether we should state which in questions. I just wish that I had added it as a comment, to avoid your downvote :-( Oct 26, 2017 at 17:34
  • I have editted the answer to remove that contention Oct 26, 2017 at 17:35
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    Downvote removed.
    – Robusto
    Oct 26, 2017 at 19:22

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