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    Question sacrifices or sacrifice ?

    Like all Americans, I am awed by their sacrifice, and by the sacrifices of their families.

    The above sentence was quoted from today's VOA (said by Presidendt OBAMA).

    I have a question-

    Why he use their sacrifice instead sacrifices? Both of them are right?

    Thank you.


    From Taiwan.

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    Re: sacrifices or sacrifice ?

    In the first one, each person made a sacrifice.
    In the second one, there are many people in a family, each with his or her own sacrifice, making many sacrifices.

    The first one COULD have been plural - referring to the collective sacrifices made by all of them, but the sentence wouldn't have been as balanced.
    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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