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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

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: entry 32: Features in Legend are Present and Singular


This legend has legend categories in plural, but the individual entries are singular