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English translation: permission or permissions - see below

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13:27 Nov 13, 2013
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English term or phrase: Plural for permission?
When looking up "permissions" in dictionairies, it seems that this is not a valid plural for "permission". In regular language this makes sense however, in IT language, "permissions" is an often recurring term. My question is whether it is indeed true that officially "permissions" is incorrect or whether it is accepted nowadays as valid due to the fact it is a "logical" term in IT.
T van Lottum
Local time: 17:19
English translation:permission or permissions - see below
Explanation:
The plural depends on the context.

http://dictionary.reverso.net/english-cobuild/permission

permission ( permissions plural )
1 n-uncount If someone who has authority over you gives you permissionto do something, they say that they will allow you to do it.
oft N to-inf, N for n to-inf, N for n
He asked permission to leave the room..., Finally his mother relented and gave permission for her youngest son to marry..., They cannot leave the country without permission.
2 n-count A permission is a formal, written statement from an official group or place allowing you to do something.
usu pl
...oil exploration permissions.
→ planning permission

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Note added at 2 hrs (2013-11-13 15:38:23 GMT)
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I think "user permissions" is correct. I agree with Veronika's comment.
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Patricia Fierro, M. Sc.
Ecuador
Local time: 10:19
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Patricia Fierro, M. Sc.


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plural for permission?
permission or permissions - see below


Explanation:
The plural depends on the context.

http://dictionary.reverso.net/english-cobuild/permission

permission ( permissions plural )
1 n-uncount If someone who has authority over you gives you permissionto do something, they say that they will allow you to do it.
oft N to-inf, N for n to-inf, N for n
He asked permission to leave the room..., Finally his mother relented and gave permission for her youngest son to marry..., They cannot leave the country without permission.
2 n-count A permission is a formal, written statement from an official group or place allowing you to do something.
usu pl
...oil exploration permissions.
→ planning permission

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Note added at 2 hrs (2013-11-13 15:38:23 GMT)
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I think "user permissions" is correct. I agree with Veronika's comment.

Patricia Fierro, M. Sc.
Ecuador
Local time: 10:19
Native speaker of: Native in SpanishSpanish, Native in EnglishEnglish
Notes to answerer
Asker: Thank you Patricia. Yes, it depends on the context and in the IT world it makes sense to use the plural when referring to for example user permissions. However, the discussion arose whether in regular language this indeed is a valid plural.

Asker: I looked at the link you provided but it seems this is not an official dicationary but a collaborative project. When searching myself (in Collins) I did not come across this information.


Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Victoria Britten
8 mins
  -> Thanks, Victoria!

agree  1045
14 mins
  -> Thanks, 1045

agree  Veronika McLaren: IT language seems to change the rules over time
49 mins
  -> Thanks!

agree  Tony M: Yes, 'permission' is an uncountable (= cannot have a plural) when used in the abstract sense of 'authorization to do something', but can be countable when it refers to something concrete, as in the IT context.
4 hrs

agree  B D Finch: Not only in IT context. As per Tony's explanation.
7 hrs

agree  Phong Le
14 hrs

agree  Ashutosh Mitra
22 hrs
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