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    Default singular or plural

    Hi,

    I have this question and I asked a lot of people but no one knows the exact answer.

    Q: I give advice to some of my friends how to live their life/lives, but no one seems to take my advice.

    Is it life or lives? I need help.

    Thanks.
    Jennifer

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    I am not a teacher.

    I would use lives as it refers to friends.

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    It depends on whether you consider the persons as a group or individually. Eg.
    The life of the Romans
    The Californian surfers' life

    However, in your example:
    I give advice to some of my friends how to live their life/lives, but no one seems to take my advice
    I don't think you can consider some of your friends as an entity, thus the plural 'their lives' seems more appropriate.

    FRC

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    Default Re: singular or plural

    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifers
    Hi,

    I have this question and I asked a lot of people but no one knows the exact answer.

    Q: I give advice to some of my friends how to live their life/lives, but no one seems to take my advice.

    Is it life or lives? I need help.

    Thanks.
    Jennifer
    I would use "lives" there. They are not sharing one life. :wink:

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    I agree with Twostep and Francois- given that we think of friends as individuals, the plural seems better.

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