Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    Tomasz Klimkiewicz is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • Polish
      • Home Country:
      • Poland
      • Current Location:
      • Poland
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Posts
    566
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default to make up one's mind

    Hello Everyone,

    Sometimes one stumbles over a simple question, usually when the problem occurs in written English with its lower tolerance to errors.

    Which is correct:

    How long shall we have to wait for them to make up their (1) mind or (2) minds?

    A Teacher's opinion will be greatly appreciated.

    Regards,

    TK

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Posts
    727
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: to make up one's mind

    Quote Originally Posted by Tomasz Klimkiewicz
    Hello Everyone,

    Sometimes one stumbles over a simple question, usually when the problem occurs in written English with its lower tolerance to errors.

    Which is correct:

    How long shall we have to wait for them to make up their (1) mind or (2) minds?

    A Teacher's opinion will be greatly appreciated.

    Regards,

    TK
    I would consider the context.

  3. #3
    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Philippines
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    43,322
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: to make up one's mind

    If talking about something like a committee, I'd probably use the singular. If talking about a less structured group, I'd go for the plural.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Posts
    727
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: to make up one's mind

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    If talking about something like a committee, I'd probably use the singular. If talking about a less structured group, I'd go for the plural.
    I do agree with you. sarcastically I would use plural as well - along the line of can we come to a conclusion sooner not later.

Similar Threads

  1. Need advice on using "Do you mind...?" Thanks, teachers
    By Help Wanted in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 07-Jan-2005, 13:28
  2. Do / make
    By Dany in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 13-Nov-2004, 19:42
  3. Do you mind if / would you mind if
    By Dany in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 21-Aug-2004, 22:12
  4. how I make this polite?
    By Anonymous in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 01-Jul-2004, 09:07

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •