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    Hi there,

    Which one is correct in the following sentence?
    The first and second _______were laughing.
    a. pig b. pigs

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    Re: story

    Hi there
    any idea of this thread:
    pig or pig
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    Re: story

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,

    Which one is correct in the following sentence?
    The first and second _______were laughing.
    a. pig b. pigs

    tks
    pete

    Pigs.

    The subject of the sentence is about 2 pigs, so it says AND
    The adjectives "first and second" refer to both the pigs.
    If it had said "The first pig and the second ___ were laughing," then the word would be PIG

    If the sentence were about only one of the pigs, it would say OR

    "Either the first OR the second pig was laughing."

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    Re: story

    Hi there,
    Is there any difference in meaning between 'the first and the second pig were laughing.' and 'the first and second pigs were laughing.?
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    Re: story

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,
    Is there any difference in meaning between 'the first and the second pig were laughing.' and 'the first and second pigs were laughing.?
    tks
    pete
    I can't see any difference.

    Furthermore, I misread your second sentence ('the first and second pigs were laughing') to read "the first and second pig were laughing" and I didn't even blink.

    Technically correct or not, I think that in spoken English, all these mean the same thing and all would be accepted (or at least, unnoticed) in spoken English:

    The first and second pig
    The first and second pigs*

    The first and the second pig
    The first and the second pigs*

    The first pig and the second pig*

    * I think these are correct, and I think they all mean exactly the same thing.

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