I'm working on a map software project and I'm not quite sure how to write a legend entry. On the map we display various sections consisting of multiple segments. If a segment contains some incorrect data we should display the section in a different manner.

Question is, what's the correct legend message to notify users that section contains one or more segments with incorrect data?

  1. Section with segments errors
  2. Section with segments' errors
  3. Section with errors on segments
  4. Section with errors in segments

As a non-native speaker I lack the gut feeling and I can't honestly tell, which one is correct (they all seem correct to me) or best to use.

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    You can simply say "Segment error" or "Segment error in section {X}" if you can refer to the section by its name or identifier in a helpful way.
    – TimR
    May 15 at 10:12
  • There may be more than one erroneous segment.
    – digimunk
    May 15 at 12:08
  • 1
    I like Hic Sunt Dragones, no?
    – DJohnson
    May 15 at 12:24
  • 2
    I think you’ll want dracones, @DJohnson, no? May 15 at 13:18
  • 1
    @PaulTanenbaum Right you are.
    – DJohnson
    May 15 at 23:14

1 Answer 1


Simply showing "Segment error(s)" is your best bet. It's succinct and applies to a single error in that section or to multiple errors.

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    This is correct. In the cited context, segment is a "noun adjunct" (noun being used adjectivally). Noun adjuncts are nearly always singular, whether it's one car radio or two car radios. May 15 at 13:36

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