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    Which is the correct word?

    If my son and daughter are ill and I pray for their quick recovery, which of the following words in bold should I use?

    I pray that my son's and daughter's illness/illnesses be cured soon.

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    Re: Which is the correct word?

    Not a teacher.

    I would use "illness". It can refer to the state of being unwell.

    But I think that "illnesses" are syntactically correct as well.

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    Re: Which is the correct word?

    I would recommend 'illness' if they both have the same disease, especially if they are together in your house.

    'Illnesses' implies that they have different health problems.

    Also it's usually enough to use the possessive form just once, with the second person, if what is possessed is the same thing. Eg: '...my son and daughter's illness'; 'James and Julia's address...'; 'my mother and father's attitude to this...'.

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