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    singular or plural: ride a bike

    There are two people in a picture. Each is riding a bike. There are two bikes, and they are riding their own bikes.

    The question is:
    Can they ride a bike?
    The answer is:
    Yes, they can ride a bike.

    Q1:Isn't it:
    They can ride bikes.
    Why is "ride a bike"? There are two people there. Don't know why. The answer is singular not plural. Why?

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    Re: singular or plural: ride a bike

    Quote Originally Posted by dido4 View Post
    There are two people in a picture. Each is riding a bike. There are two bikes, and they are riding their own bikes.

    The question is:
    Can they ride a bike?
    The answer is:
    Yes, they can ride a bike.

    Q1:Isn't it:
    They can ride bikes.
    Why is "ride a bike"? There are two people there. Don't know why. The answer is singular not plural. Why?
    It's a strange question, if the picture shows people riding bikes, then it is obvious they know how to do it. I imagine that this is a lesson about 'can', the ability to do something. If the question is 'Can (do they know how to) ride a bike?' Then the best response is 'Yes they can.'


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    Re: singular or plural: ride a bike

    "they can ride bikes' means that each and everyone of them can ride bikes!
    How dexterous of them. Most people can only ride one bike at a time.

    The picture is showing that, give them a bike, any bike, they can ride it. Yes, they are showing that they know how to ride a bike.

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