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    Which one is correct?

    Can i write

    Living here is fun, that is why lots of people switch their base to Houston.

    or should it be

    Living here is fun, that is why lots of people switch their bases to Houston.

    And in the same line is

    They are quite happy and contended in their life.

    correct use or is it

    They are quite happy and contended in their lives.

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    #2

    Re: Which one is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by bikramksingh View Post
    Can i write

    Living here is fun, that is why lots of people switch their base to Houston.

    or should it be

    Living here is fun, that is why lots of people switch their bases to Houston.

    And in the same line is

    They are quite happy and contended in their life.

    correct use or is it

    They are quite happy and contended in their lives.
    ***NOT A TEACHER***

    Good afternoon.
    May I suggest:
    (1) Living in Houston is fun. That's why so many people move here.
    (2) They are quite happy and content in their lives.

    Have a nice day.


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    Re: Which one is correct?

    Thanks for your reply. I understand the problem you have pointed out, but my confusion was between


    base and bases


    life and lives


    I read in this or some other forum that if we talk about life it should be singular, not their lives as everyone has just one.


    And in the "Living in Houston is fun. That's why so many people move here." correction is it required to start a new sentece from that's why? Can't i just use semi colon, or may be and to join it with the earlier sentence?


    Bikram

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    Re: Which one is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by bikramksingh View Post
    Thanks for your reply. I understand the problem you have pointed out, but my confusion was between


    base and bases


    life and lives


    I read in this or some other forum that if we talk about life it should be singular, not their lives as everyone has just one.


    And in the "Living in Houston is fun. That's why so many people move here." correction is it required to start a new sentece from that's why? Can't i just use semi colon, or may be and to join it with the earlier sentence?


    Bikram
    Thanks for your note.

    I'm sure one of the great teachers at this site will soon answer you.

    If not, be sure to post again. I. too, am eager to know the answers to your two great questions.

    Have a nice day!


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    Re: Which one is correct?

    (By base, do you mean home?)

    Yes. I am sorry, in the context, I thought the usage is unambiguous.

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    #6

    Re: Which one is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by bikramksingh View Post
    Thanks for your reply. I understand the problem you have pointed out, but my confusion was between


    base and bases


    life and lives


    I read in this or some other forum that if we talk about life it should be singular, not their lives as everyone has just one.


    And in the "Living in Houston is fun. That's why so many people move here." correction is it required to start a new sentece from that's why? Can't i just use semi colon, or may be and to join it with the earlier sentence?


    Bikram
    Let me take the easy one first. Yes, you can use a semi-colon, but no, you can't use a comma. When you join two complete sentences with a comma, you have what's called a "comma splice" and that's incorrect. Semi-colons, however, should be used sparingly. There should be a very strong link between the two sentences. It would work here, but make sure you don't have them scattered all over the page, and not more than one in a paragraph. (That's a style tip, not a grammar rule.)

    You will find different answers to the singular/plural question, which was at the heart of your original question.

    I usually use the plural in things like "It was an experience they would all remember for the rest of their lives." Common sense will tell you what is meant. None of them have more than one life.

    Similarly, "The boys introduced their mothers to the teacher" makes you assume that each boy has one mother (although yes, it's possible to have more than one in some situations).

    If you read "The boys introduced their mother to the teacher" you would probably assume they were brothers.

    Avoid ambiguity by rewriting if common sense doesn't help. "Each boy introduced his mother to the teacher, and then they all had cake." No doubts at all.

    So-- the girls all brought their favorite dolls. How many dolls per girls?
    How would you write this if there was one doll per girl? How would you write it if there were multiple dolls per girl?
    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: Which one is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Let me take the easy one first. Yes, you can use a semi-colon, but no, you can't use a comma. When you join two complete sentences with a comma, you have what's called a "comma splice" and that's incorrect. Semi-colons, however, should be used sparingly. There should be a very strong link between the two sentences. It would work here, but make sure you don't have them scattered all over the page, and not more than one in a paragraph. (That's a style tip, not a grammar rule.)

    You will find different answers to the singular/plural question, which was at the heart of your original question.

    I usually use the plural in things like "It was an experience they would all remember for the rest of their lives." Common sense will tell you what is meant. None of them have more than one life.

    Similarly, "The boys introduced their mothers to the teacher" makes you assume that each boy has one mother (although yes, it's possible to have more than one in some situations).

    If you read "The boys introduced their mother to the teacher" you would probably assume they were brothers.

    Avoid ambiguity by rewriting if common sense doesn't help. "Each boy introduced his mother to the teacher, and then they all had cake." No doubts at all.

    So-- the girls all brought their favorite dolls. How many dolls per girls?
    How would you write this if there was one doll per girl? How would you write it if there were multiple dolls per girl?
    Thank you so much for taking time out to write such a detailed answer. My doubt is now clear, and I shall use my common sense in deciding such issues. You were really helpful.

    Thanks Again
    Bikram

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