Take the sentence: Update the titles of each document

Should title(s) be plural?

I am unsure because there are multiple titles since we have a collection of documents but only referring to a single one at a time.

  • This isn't an answer to your main question, but you can work around this by rephrasing: "Update each document's title"
    – ryanyuyu
    Jul 27, 2015 at 4:37
  • @ryanyuyu in that sentence document's is still singular right? the s is to show possession?
    – Aequitas
    Jul 27, 2015 at 4:42
  • Yes that's correct. The "each" helps convey the collection of individual documents.
    – ryanyuyu
    Jul 27, 2015 at 4:47
  • or you can use "update the titles in/of all the documents"
    – v kumar
    Jul 27, 2015 at 5:11

1 Answer 1


It should not be plural.

Here, in combination with each, titles would mean that every document has multiple titles. So, your sentence should be:

Update the title of each document.

If you want titles to be in the plural, put document in the plural form:

Update the titles of all documents.

Alternatively, you can rephrase the sentence. Have a look at the numerous examples given in the comments on your question.

  • Why do you use "the" article with plural "titles"? I thought we do not need any article here at all. Aug 16, 2022 at 18:42

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