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    If my son and daughter are ill and I pray for their quick recovery, which of the following word in bold should I use?

    I pray that my son's and daughter's illness/illnesses be cured soon.

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    Default Re: illness/illnesses

    Do they have the same illness or different illnesses?

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    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    Do they have the same illness or different illnesses?
    Thanks, Birdeen. They have the same illness.

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    Default Re: illness/illnesses

    Then there doesn't seem to be a reason to use the plural.

    If they had different illnesses, both the plural and the singular form would be correct in my opinion, with slightly different meanings.

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    Default Re: illness/illnesses

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    I pray that my son's and daughter's illness/illnesses be cured soon.
    More natural for most speakers of BrE would be:

    I pray that my son and daughter's illness is/will be cured.
    We probably would not put the apostrophe s on son, and very few people would use the subjunctive be.

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