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    trace of pain

    Which is correct:
    1) Have you never seen a sign of pain in other's eyes?
    2) Have you never seen a sign of pain in others' eyes?

    Does this imply that there is only one sign of pain? Is it always the same sign?

    Which is correct:
    3) I have seen a trace of pain in other's eyes.

    4) I have seen a trace of pain in others' eyes.

    Does this imply that it is the same trace of pain?

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    Re: trace of pain

    The plural "others' " is grammatically necessary in both cases. If you want to use the singular, you should say "another's", which is probably too old-fashioned, or the more modern "another person's".

    As to the other question, I don't think the indefinite article is ever limiting of number. Whenever there is "a" thing, there may be other such things. If you said "the trace" it might refer to just one thing.
    Last edited by probus; 24-Apr-2015 at 05:39. Reason: correct typo

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