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    how much will a trip to each cost (follow-up question)

    Which are correct:

    1-How much will a trip to these countries cost?

    2-How much will a tripsto these countries cost?

    3-How much will a trip to each of these countries cost?

    4-How much will trips to each of these countries cost?

    Which ask about
    a-individual trips
    and which ask about
    b-a trip to all the countries?


    I had asked a very similar question yesterday. This is a variation on the same theme. Here we have a single noun phrase: "a trip to each of these countries'.
    I feel '2' and '4' are incorrect.

    I think '1' is definitely and unambiguously asking about a single trip to all the countries and '3' is ambiguous... But I think this one

    5-How much will a trip to each country cost?


    is unambiguous and asks about individual trips.

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    Re: how much will a trip to each cost (follow-up question)

    2 is wrong because of a trips. 4 could be right- if you want to do a tour of these countries more than once or take a group of people. Admittedly, things are getting strained here. 3 is ambiguous- it could be ten separate trips or one tour.

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