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    What is the difference between 'their daily life' and 'their daily lives'? Are they interchangeable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taka View Post
    What is the difference between 'their daily life' and 'their daily lives'? Are they interchangeable?
    Without context, it's impossible to answer your question. Please post a full sentence using each phrase and then we can comment. After 1,034 posts, surely you know better than to just post a few words and ask such a question!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    The reason I didn't provide context is that I would like to know if you native speaker perceive the two as the same or not.

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    If you want context, what about this?

    In countries with an average per-capita income of $2,000 or lower, some 95% said religion was important in their daily life...Italy and Greece had higher numbers of people who felt religion to be important to their daily lives, at 72% and 71% respectively, while in the US, the figure was 65%.


    It's from the same news article. Why is the first one 'their life' whereas the second one is 'their lives'? Are they interchangeable?
    Last edited by Taka; 02-Jul-2012 at 01:16.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taka View Post
    The reason I didn't provide context is that I would like to know if you native speaker perceive the two as the same or not.
    The reason I didn't answer your question was because it's impossible to do so without context.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: lives

    It's illogical for an author to use "life" in one sentence and "lives" in the next, when the sentences are essentially the same.

    If you search on "distributed plurals" you'll find a lot of comment on this. Each of us has one life, and only one life, so no confusion will result, no matter which one you use. However, you should use the same one!
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The reason I didn't answer your question was because it's impossible to do so without context.
    If I asked you a question like 'What is the difference between men and women?', I don't think you would say 'I can't answer the question without context'. But if my question was something like 'What is the difference between reddish and red', I wouldn't be surprised if you asked for context.

    In order to know if the meaning is clearly different or not, if the meaning is context-dependent or not, I think sometimes it's better to see the words themselves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    It's illogical for an author to use "life" in one sentence and "lives" in the next, when the sentences are essentially the same.

    If you search on "distributed plurals" you'll find a lot of comment on this. Each of us has one life, and only one life, so no confusion will result, no matter which one you use. However, you should use the same one!
    Thanks for the great answer, Barb!

    (So it's the same distributive plural/singular thing again. I've asked this kind of questions before, I think).

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    I'd say about 75% of the time, context is necessary. However, it's HELPFUL 100% of the time.
    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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