Results 1 to 5 of 5
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • Hong Kong
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 2,049
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    illness/illnesses

    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.

    Thanks.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Polish
      • Home Country:
      • Poland
      • Current Location:
      • Poland

    • Join Date: Jul 2010
    • Posts: 5,098
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    Re: illness/illnesses

    Do they have the same illness or different illnesses?

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • Hong Kong
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 2,049
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3

    Re: illness/illnesses

    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.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Polish
      • Home Country:
      • Poland
      • Current Location:
      • Poland

    • Join Date: Jul 2010
    • Posts: 5,098
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #4

    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.

  1. 5jj's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 28,167
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #5

    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.

Similar Threads

  1. disease/illness
    By kukinecka in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 18-Feb-2009, 13:35
  2. suffer from some sort of illness
    By angliholic in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 28-Mar-2008, 14:17
  3. sick/illness
    By user_gary in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 28-Aug-2007, 11:53
  4. Despite his illness - despite his being ill
    By englishstudent in forum Teaching English
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 29-Dec-2006, 05:36
  5. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 09-Nov-2005, 03:17

Posting Permissions

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