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Should Legend entries be plural or singular?

Question asked by juq on Aug 24, 2016
Latest reply on Aug 29, 2016 by abdallah_91@yahoo.com

In a map legend should the entries be singular or plural? It seems like they should be singular. i.e. Road instead of Roads. In my experience I have seen it both ways even on the same legend.

 

A Google image search for "map legend" lead me to conclude there is no consistent way of having a legend entry be singular or plural. The more authoritative maps I've seen have legend entries in singular. (USGS, National Geographic, etc)

 

So my question is, in what cases is a plural legend entry correct?

 

This guide says singular: http://gisgeography.com/map-elements-how-to-guide-map-making/ entry 32: Features in Legend are Present and Singular

 

This legend has legend categories in plural, but the individual entries are singular http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~alfayett/Map_Legend.html

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