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    Post Singular/plural

    Condition: I don't know how many companions he/she was with.

    What should I say?

    1. Who was your companion last night?
    or
    2. Who were your companion last night?

    Please explain. thanks.

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    Re: Singular/plural

    Quote Originally Posted by mamen View Post
    Condition: I don't know how many companions he/she was with.

    What should I say?

    1. Who was your companion last night?
    or
    2. Who were your companions last night?

    Please explain. thanks.
    You will have to choose which to say, but the noun either has to be singular or plural. If it is plural it requires an "s."

    I assume you will ask the second question. Either way, you may get corrected by him/her. I don't know of any way to ask it without suggesting that it was a case of being either singular or plural.

    Good luck!

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    Re: Singular/plural

    I saw you last night with someone/some people

    1. Who was your companion last night?
    or
    2. Who were your companions last night?

    --------------------------------------------

    I'm sorry that I couldn't meet you last night.

    1) Were there any companions beside you ?

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    Re: Singular/plural

    A more natural way to ask this question is "Who did you go out with last night?"
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Singular/plural

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    A more natural way to ask this question is "Who did you go out with last night?"
    Beautifully practical and to the point.

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    Re: Singular/plural

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    A more natural way to ask this question is "Who did you go out with last night?"
    How's about 'whom'? Is it used yet?

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    Re: Singular/plural

    "Whom" still makes an appearance from time to time, but very rarely at the start of a sentence. Immediately after a preposition, "whom" does still get used.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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