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    #1

    singular x plural

    If you have any question(s), raise your hands.
    Are both the singular and the plural suitable in the sentence above?

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    Re: singular x plural

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    If you have any question(s), raise your hands.
    Are both the singular and the plural suitable in the sentence above?

    • If you have any questions, raise your hand.
      • Speaking to a group as individuals
        • You should raise your hand



    • If you have any questions, raise your hands.
      • Speaking to the group
        • You guys should raise your hands

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    #3

    Re: singular x plural

    "If you have any questions" or "if you have a question"

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    #4

    Re: singular x plural

    I would still say "Raise your hand" if addressing a group. Each person will only raise one hand.

    These questions can go either way. It's unlikely that anyone will have both arms waving in the air.
    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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