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    Is it 'once in their lifetimes' or 'once in their lifetime'?

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    Re: lifetime

    Either one. There is no possibility of confusion. I would probably use the plural since everyone has a slightly varying length of time on this planet, compared to siimilar constructions, but neither choice is wrong.
    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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