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    #1

    their age or their ages?

    I often come across phrases like...

    1. "women their age"
    2. "their face"
    3. "give their phone number"...

    "their" is often paired with a singular noun

    Are they correct grammatically? Or are these the right ones...

    a. "women their ages"
    b. "their faces"
    c. "give their phone numbers"

    Does phrase 1 imply that the women are all of the same age? If they are not, is the phrase correct?

    Thanks in advance for explaining
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    Re: their age or their ages?

    Your versions a, b, c, are correct. "Their" generally refers to a plural. You could refer to "their age" if you knew they were twins or of the same age.

    However, "their" is used frequently in the singular case when the gender is uncertain. "He asked each person in the crowd their age/ their phone number."

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    #3

    Re: their age or their ages?

    Quote Originally Posted by Koronas View Post
    Your versions a, b, c, are correct. "Their" generally refers to a plural. You could refer to "their age" if you knew they were twins or of the same age.

    However, "their" is used frequently in the singular case when the gender is uncertain. "He asked each person in the crowd their age/ their phone number."
    On a related note, is it correct to use the plural form of a noun for indeterminate number?

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    #4

    Re: their age or their ages?

    Please provide an example.

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    #5

    Re: their age or their ages?

    Quote Originally Posted by Koronas View Post
    Please provide an example.
    To express generality...

    Cars are driven on roads. or

    A car is driven on a road. or

    A car is driven on roads. or

    Cars are driven on a road.

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    #6

    Re: their age or their ages?

    Those are all correct. The first is most commonly heard.

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    Re: their age or their ages?

    Quote Originally Posted by Koronas View Post
    Those are all correct. The first is most commonly heard.
    Thanks Koronas for your answers.

    Cheers

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