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    usage of 'and'

    s1: A has a car. s2: B has a car. When you combine both s1 and s2 with 'and', what is the result? A and B have a car or A and B have cars. Pls advise.

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    Re: usage of 'and'

    Quote Originally Posted by usha s View Post
    s1: A has a car. s2: B has a car. When you combine both s1 and s2 with 'and', what is the result? A and B have a car or A and B have cars. Pls advise.
    A and B each have a car. (then it is clear that each person, if that's what A and B represent, has one car)

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    Re: usage of 'and'

    If we are restricted to the choice given then

    A and B have cars.

    If not, then

    Both A and B have cars.

    The first answer is fine colloquially.

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    Re: usage of 'and'

    Quote Originally Posted by Horsa View Post
    If we are restricted to the choice given then

    A and B have cars.

    If not, then

    Both A and B have cars.

    The first answer is fine colloquially.
    I strongly disagree!
    "(Both) A and B have cars." does not make it clear that each one has only one car.

    'Both A and B have a car.' and 'A and B both have a car.' are better, but I think that using 'each' is best because 'each' refers to A and B individually while 'both' refers to them together.

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