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When I'm referring to a review of multiple decision letters, should I say "a decision letter review was conducted" or "a decision letters review was conducted"?  thanks in advance for your feedback.

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Dear Christina:

When I'm referring to a review of multiple decision letters, should I say "a decision letter review was conducted" or "a decision letters review was conducted"?  thanks in advance for your feedback.

*** Your sentence suggests that there was more than one decision letter.  In other words, there was just ONE review, but several [multiple] decision letters were discussed, perhaps in a meeting of a committee.

If that is the case, then the appropriate wording would be "a decision LETTERS review was conducted."

Another way of stating the idea is this:  During the meeting, several decision letters were discussed.

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