# Thread: distributive singular vs. sentence structure

1. ## distributive singular vs. sentence structure

I am still confused with distributive singular/plural forms.

1. You must put a (or one) power supply to each carton box.
Can I understand that each carton box will contain one power supply in the above case?

2. You must connect a (or one) power supply to each machine.
Can I understand that each machine uses one power supply jointly?

Then can I say, "You must connect a different power supply to each machine," if each machine needs an independent power supply?

Sentence 1 and sentence 2 are similar in sentence structure. Sentence 1 suggests that there are a number of power supplies and each of them must move from one place to another. In sentence 2, however, the power supply (as a product) stays in the same place.

3. You must connect a different sensor to each circuit.
Is this sentence okay if, for example sensor 1 must connect to circuit A, sensor 2 must connect to circuit B, etc.?

2. ## Re: distributive singular vs. sentence structure

Originally Posted by Snappy
I am still confused with distributive singular/plural forms.

1. You must put a (or one) power supply to each carton box.
Can I understand that each carton box will contain one power supply in the above case?

2. You must connect a power supply to each machine.
Can I understand that each machine uses one power supply jointly? No.

Then can I say, "You must connect a different power supply to each machine," if each machine needs an independent power supply? Yes.

Sentence 1 and sentence 2 are similar in sentence structure. Sentence 1 suggests that there are a number of power supplies and each of them must move from one place to another. In sentence 2, however, the power supply (as a product) stays in the same place.

3. You must connect a different sensor to each circuit.
Is this sentence okay if, for example sensor 1 must connect to circuit A, sensor 2 must connect to circuit B, etc.?
What do you mean by "carton box"?

3. ## Re: distributive singular vs. sentence structure

Originally Posted by bhaisahab
What do you mean by "carton box"?

2. You must connect a power supply to each machine.
In this case, can I understand that each machine shares a single power supply?

4. ## Re: distributive singular vs. sentence structure

Originally Posted by Snappy

2. You must connect a power supply to each machine.
In this case, can I understand that each machine shares a single power supply?
Usually we put things in a carton.
#2 doesn't say that each machine shares a single power supply. "You must connect the power supply to each machine" does.

5. ## Re: distributive singular vs. sentence structure

Let me confirm one thing.
There are 100 staff members (staff members 1, 2, 3, etc.)
There are 100 customers (customers A, B, C, etc.)
If staff member 1 must visit customer A, staff member 2 must visit customer B, .... (but they need not visit more than one customer), can I say,
"We must send each staff member to a different customer."?

6. ## Re: distributive singular vs. sentence structure

Originally Posted by Snappy
If staff member 1 must visit customer A, staff member 2 must visit customer B, .... (but they need not visit more than one customer), can I say,
"We must send each staff member to a different customer."?
You can.

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