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    Question Grammar -Plural

    A.One estimate says that 3 million women are physically abused by their husband or boyfriend each year.

    B.It's estimated that between 12,000 and 14,000 women are killed each year by their husbands.

    These sentences are excerpts from a book.
    Which is correct, "by their husband" or "by their husbands"?
    Or both correct??
    And I would like grammatical explanation.

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    Default Re: Grammar -Plural

    Little light reading to help you sleep at night?

    Both are correct. In the first example the singular form is used because it's accepted that either their husband or boyfriend is the one abusing them. Not both or multiples. Of those 3 millions women, each one is abused by one of the two choices.

    In the second example. All the women were killed by a husband. Not a single boyfriend was taken into account. So the plural is used to put them all is the same category.

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    Thanks for the help, Ravage !

    Your explanation sloved the question

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