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  1. Unregistered
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    Red face Their house/houses

    Hello,

    I've got problems understanding when we use a plural noun with "their".

    e.g: In Hungary, village boys used to duck the girls in streams or fountains on Easter Monday. Now they sprinkle the girls with perfume for good luck and good health. The girls then give the boys eggs or invite them to their HOUSE/HOUSES for a meal which the girls themselves prepare and serve".

    I would tend to say "houses" but the text says "house". What do you think?

    Thanks

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    Re: Their house/houses

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Hello,

    I've got problems understanding when we use a plural noun with "their".

    e.g: In Hungary, village boys used to duck the girls in streams or fountains on Easter Monday. Now they sprinkle the girls with perfume for good luck and good health. The girls then give the boys eggs or invite them to their HOUSE/HOUSES for a meal which the girls themselves prepare and serve".

    I would tend to say "houses" but the text says "house". What do you think?

    Thanks
    Since we seem to be talking about several different girls, who presumably don't live in the same house, "houses" is correct.

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    Re: Their house/houses

    Agree w/bhaisahab.

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