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    Default Plural Nouns after Plural Possessives

    Should we use singular or plural nouns after plural possessives?

    people's car or their cars
    our brain or our brains
    children's heart or children's hearts

    This is especially tricky with body parts.

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    Default Re: Plural Nouns after Plural Possessives

    We normally use plurals. With body parts, context usually makes the meaning clear:

    Most people write with their right hands; some write with their left hands; a few can write with both hands.

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    Default Re: Plural Nouns after Plural Possessives

    Quote Originally Posted by sarahmacalalad View Post
    Should we use singular or plural nouns after plural possessives?

    people's car or their cars
    our brain or our brains
    children's heart or children's hearts

    This is especially tricky with body parts.


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    Please go to the "search" box and type in "distributive plurals."

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