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    Default They are playing the piano(s).

    1. They are playing the piano.
    2. They are playing the pianos.
    Which is correct, singular or plural?
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    Default Re: They are playing the piano(s).

    How many pianos were there?

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    Default Re: They are playing the piano(s).

    Since the subject is plural (they), there must be more than one piano.
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    Default Re: They are playing the piano(s).

    No, that is not true. Multiple people can play one piano.

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    Default Re: They are playing the piano(s).

    1. They are playing the violin.
    2. They are playing the violins.

    #2 is correct; #1 is normally incorrect, isn't it?
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    Default Re: They are playing the piano(s).

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    1. They are playing the violin.
    2. They are playing the violins.

    #2 is correct; #1 is normally incorrect, isn't it?
    "They are playing violins" (no article) would be more natural in most contexts.

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    Default Re: They are playing the piano(s).

    1. He is playing the violin.
    2. He is playing violin.
    3. He is playing a violin.
    Which of the above sentences is not acceptable?
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    Default Re: They are playing the piano(s).

    All are possible. 2. is not common in AusE. But "He plays violin" is possible.
    I also think that, "They are playing the violin" is possible, as in "They are learning the violin." It's the generic use.
    "They are playing the violins" would lead me to ask "Which violins?", unless they had already been identified.

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    Default Re: They are playing the piano(s).

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    Since the subject is plural (they), there must be more than one piano.
    It depends whether you are thinking of them as specific instruments (the pianos- the pianos in the concert hall) or just the type of music (the piano) IMO.

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