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    #1

    Post our life or lives

    wich is the correct form?
    our life or our lives
    ...we have only one life...!!!

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    #2

    Re: our life or lives

    Quote Originally Posted by lady_bird13 View Post
    wich is the correct form?
    our life or our lives
    ...we have only one life...!!!
    The plural often gives rise to uncertainty in meaning.

    We have apples.
    The question is, each individual has how many? One or more? We don't know.

    We have apple.
    This gives rise problems too. We share one? Or each person has one?

    Use the plural. Several individuals means several lives.

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    #3

    Exclamation Re: our life or lives

    Quote Originally Posted by lady_bird13 View Post
    wich is the correct form?
    our life or our lives
    ...we have only one life...!!!(a way or manner of living)
    It can be singular or plural depending on how you treat ‘life’ whether as a manner of living or a specific phase/event in one’s life.
    Reacting to anything unpleasant is a pattern of our life.
    Sorrow is a part of every one’s/our life.
    Communication in any form plays an important role in our lives. ...
    Every change that comes in our lives puts some amount of mental and physical strain.

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