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    #1

    They each have their own personality

    If "personality" is used as the meaning of "individual special character", can't 2 work as it's uncountablel?

    1. They each have their own personality.
    2. They each have their own personalities.

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    #2

    Re: They each have their own personality

    I think 1 would be more common with 'each'. It's what I'd say.
    But I'd say "They all have their own personalities."
    Why do you say 'character' or 'personality' is uncountable?

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    #3

    Re: They each have their own personality

    There's two definitions. A dictionary defines 2 as uncountable.
    1. character
    2. unique individuality

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    #4

    Re: They each have their own personality

    I don't consider it to be uncountable.

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    #5

    Re: They each have their own personality

    Interesting question! Honestly, they both sound just fine to me.

    On one hand, the plural might suggest that each person has multiple personalities, which points us to using the singular. On the other hand, since there are more than one person and each has her or his own unique personality, there are more than one personality, which suggests using the plural.

    So logic favors both. And defeats both. So take your pick!
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    Re: They each have their own personality

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I don't consider it to be uncountable.
    I consider mine to be unaccountable.
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    #7

    Re: They each have their own personality

    What does "mine" refer to?

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    #8

    Re: They each have their own personality

    My personality. I'm a no-account.
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    #9

    Re: They each have their own personality

    By the way:

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    If "personality" is used to mean "individual special character", can't 2 work, as it's uncountablel?

    1. They each have their own personality.
    2. They each have their own personalities.
    Or: Each has its own personality.
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