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    People!

    In Dutch we would say: The two men turn their head.
    As we all have only one head to turn.

    Is this different in English, for I often see: The two men turn their heads.


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    Default Re: turn their head or headS

    Yes, turn their heads. We understand implicitly that each man has one head apiece.

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    Default Re: turn their head or headS

    When a teacher says to his pupils, "Put your hands up when you have something to say", it is understood that they are being told to raise one hand each.

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    Default Re: turn their head or headS

    But are there any rules for/against using 'head', singular?

    In other words, is 'they turn their head' wrong?

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    Default Re: turn their head or headS

    Quote Originally Posted by Balkenende View Post
    But are there any rules for/against using 'head', singular?

    In other words, is 'they turn their head' wrong?
    Yes, it's wrong. Unless they are a couple of sculptors, for instance, who have collaborated on sculpting a head and have decided to turn it for some reason.

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    Default Re: turn their head or headS

    Quote Originally Posted by Balkenende View Post
    People!

    In Dutch we would say: The two men turn their head.
    As we all have only one head to turn.

    Is this different in English, for I often see: The two men turn their heads.


    Joost.

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    Joost,


    If you type "distributive plurals" in the search box at this website,

    you will find some very helpful articles.


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