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    Questions about distributive singular

    I am confused with the distributive plural and distributive singular.


    "We must visit the customers at a later date."
    Is this expression okay if we must visit the customers later but we cannot visit all the customers on the same day?


    "Twelve customers are complaining because they are not happy with our repair services. Each of us must visit the customers and explain the situation."
    Is this expression okay if there are 12 customers, and each of us (e.g., Bill, Charlie, Donna, George, Jane, Mike, Nancy, Peter, Susan, Tom, Victor, and I) must visit one of them, i.e., each of us visit one customer?

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    Re: Questions about distributive singular

    The first is fine; it's just a vague time in the future and not arranged so it doesn't really matter yet whether it's on one day or more.
    This doesn't work because it implies that they will be visited by 12 people. 'Each of us must visit one of...'

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    Re: Questions about distributive singular

    The first is fine; it's just a vague time in the future and not arranged so it doesn't really matter yet whether it's on one day or more.
    This doesn't work because it implies that they will be visited by 12 people. 'Each of us must visit one of...'

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