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Hi teachers, may I know why the author wrote "a child" instead of "children" in the sentence below?
At least eight of the nine members of the outgoing Politburo Standing Committee have a child who has studied or worked extensively abroad.
I've read countless of similar sentences that begin with plural nouns but describe their non-common possessions as singular. Why can't I find such sentence construction in grammar textbooks?
Last edited by Vaedoris; 11-Nov-2012 at 08:44.
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Is the sentence grammatically correct?
It can be understood that the sentence describes what you have just explained, but technically can I or not grasp the meaning as such: the eight members have one common child?
It sounds ridiculous but technically, can the sentence be understood like so?
Last edited by Vaedoris; 11-Nov-2012 at 09:25.