I'm going to do a conference about, let's say, radishes. In this conference, I'll let the attendees question over whether radishes exist or not.

Which title should my conference have between those 3, and why?

  • The notion of the radish is misleading
  • The notion of a radish is misleading
  • The notion of radish is misleading
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    I’d go with “radishes”, but of your choices, “the radish”. I can’t think of how to explain why the others feel wrong. – StephenS Sep 13 '20 at 3:32
  • It's hard to know what your conference is trying to establish - whether radishes exist, whether they are not what they seem, whether they have been wrongly described or classified! My query is not about grammar. I'm just puzzled. – Ronald Sole Sep 13 '20 at 9:49

'The notion of the radish is misleading'

'The notion of a radish is misleading'

'The notion of radish is misleading'

The article 'a' seems weird.

If radishes have been widely talked about, then your title should use 'radishes'.

If what has been talked about is a single radish, then use 'radish'.

My suggestions are

'The notion of the radish/ the radishes is misleading'


'The notion of radish/ radishes is misleading'

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