Which of the following is correct:
Joes’s performance on tasks that assessed his writing skills was variable.
Joes’s performances on tasks that assessed his writing skills were variable.
I strongly disagree with Uchimura-san's answer. When talking about performance in an academic or an employment situation, the noun performance is always uncountable. So the first sentence -- Joes’s performance on tasks that assessed his writing skills was variable -- is correct. It could, however, be revised to be more concise, and I would like to get ride of the ugly adjective variable in favor of the much pleasanter-sounding adjective uneven: Joe's performance on his writing skill assessments was uneven.
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