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    their +sinular/plural

    I am facing a problem whether to use singular or plural after their in different cases.There is a sentence which I have read in a newspaper
    1 I know enough marriages where people cheat on their spouse.
    Why spouse is singular here ? Because people are plural and so they have different spouses,so it should be spouses.
    Please tell me the logic why spouse has been used here ?

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    Re: their +sinular/plural

    NOT A TEACHER

    The only logic explanation that comes to my mind is that each person (usually) has one spouse.

    Here's a thread in which you can find out more about this issue.
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...ter-their.html

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