chapter 1-3 or chapters 1-3

Discussion in 'English Only' started by hongover, Nov 8, 2016.

  1. hongover Member

    Hi all,

    Suppose I want to refer to chapter 1 and chapter 2 of a book. I may have

    (a) In chapters 1 and 2, the author...
    (b) In chapter 1 and 2, the author...

    I guess (a) is correct, right?

    Then suppose I want to refer to three or more chapters using "-". I may have

    (c) In chapters 1-3, the author...
    (d) In chapter 1-3, the author...

    I think I saw people using (d) rather than (c), but I am not sure. Can someone explain to me?
  2. Copyright

    Copyright Senior Member

    American English
    I would only use "chapters" – you're referring to more than one.
  3. natkretep

    natkretep Moderato con anima (English Only)

    English (Singapore/UK), basic Chinese
    I would also only use Chapters here (and I would capitalise <C> as well). Otherwise, repeat the word.

    In Chapter 1 and Chapter 2, ...
    In Chapters 1 and 2, ...

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