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    They're playing the violin(s).

    1. They're playing the violin.
    2. They're playing the violins.
    Which of the above sentences is correct?

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    Re: They're playing the violin(s).

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    1. They're playing the violin.
    2. They're playing the violins.
    Which of the above sentences is correct?
    It depends on the context. What's your intended meaning?

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    Re: They're playing the violin(s).

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    If there are three people and three violins in the room, one person is holding a violin and playing on it. Which sentence is correct?
    Well, if only one person in the room is holding the violin and playing it (not playing on it), then the sentence would be:

    He/she is playing the violin.

    Even so, if all three people were holding and playing a violin, you would still say "They're playing the violin", or "They're all playing the violin". There wouldn't be any confusion because three people wouldn't all be playing the same violin (possible but unlikely!)

    However, if you remove the definite article "the", then you would be able to say:

    They're playing violins.

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