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    Post Plural after 'own'.

    Hi, Teachers.

    I doubt whether I should use a plural noun or a singular one when the word 'own' is used after the pronoun 'their' which, in fact, needs a plural noun when it is written without 'own'.
    Could you help me get to know its rules better?


    Note : please write your comments on how I use English to ask that question of you.


    thank you...
    Firdaus (a new learner)

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    Re: Plural after 'own'.

    "They carried their own boxes."

    "They rode their own bicycles."

    "The house owners swam in their own pools."

    You can use the singular provided that they all have joint ownership or usage. So, you could say:

    "The passengers rode in their own bus".

    "The swimmers swam in their own pool."


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    Thumbs up Re: Plural after 'own'.

    Hi....
    Thank you very much for the answer.
    I do appreciate it.

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    Re: Plural after 'own'.

    Quote Originally Posted by fyrdhaus View Post
    I doubt whether I should use
    I wonder whether...
    I would like to know whether...
    I am uncertain whether...


    "I doubt that he will come."
    "I doubt that the meal will be nice."
    "I doubt that she will wear a pink dress."
    "I doubt that he will finish the race."


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    Re: Plural after 'own'.

    hi...
    Thanks for your comment.
    I guess that What I wrote is correct because the word 'doubt' is normally used with clauses introduced by some conjunctions, one of them is 'whether'.

    It all depends on the meaning that we want to convey with that word.

    Y

    References : Practical English Usage (Swan)
    usingenglish.com

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