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    #1

    Which one is correct?

    (1) Tom and Peter played the guitar.
    (2) Tom and Peter played the guitars.
    (3) Tom and Peter played guitars.

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    #2

    Re: Which one is correct?

    Assuming there were more than one guitar, I would choose 3.

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    #3

    Re: Which one is correct?

    I think 1 is also OK. It refers to having a specific musical skill rather than stating something is done/happened.

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    Last edited by tedmc; 16-Sep-2015 at 04:42.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Which one is correct?

    In British English:

    (1) Tom and Peter played the guitar.
    a. There was one musical instrument that T and P played on some past occasion (s), not simultaneously.
    b. T and P had the musical ability but, as Ted suggested, they did not actually perform.

    (2) Tom and Peter played the guitars.
    There were two guitars and T and P played one each on some occasion(s) in the past.

    (3) Tom and Peter played guitars.
    There is no suggestion as to how many guitars were available. T and P played one each on some occasion(s) in the past

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    #5

    Re: Which one is correct?

    Marco, please read this extract from the Posting Guidelines:


    You are welcome to answer questions posted in the Ask a Teacher forum as long as your suggestions, help, and advice reflect a good understanding of the English language. If you are not a teacher, you will need to state that clearly in your post. Please note, all posts are moderated by our in-house language experts, so make sure your suggestions, help, and advice provide the kind of information an international language teacher would offer. If not, and your posts do not contribute to the topic in a positive way, they will be subject to deletion.

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    #6

    Re: Which one is correct?

    kyawwin, for the second time, please note that a better title would have been the guitar/the guitars/guitars.

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    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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    Re: Which one is correct?

    Rover_KE, I ask your pardon for my mistake.
    I really need to pay more attention to the rules.
    This website is very helpful and I enjoy it so much.
    I am sorry again.
    Thank you!
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 17-Sep-2015 at 09:24. Reason: Unnecessary quote deleted.

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    Re: Which one is correct?


    In your signature line, Marco, you should replace "Scotch" with "Scots" or "Scottish". "Scotch" is whisky.

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    Re: Which one is correct?

    Thank you very much, bhaisahab!
    I took this signature from "Great tales of terror and the supernatural", an old collection of classic tales, a book that I proudly have in my shelf.
    I also see "Old Scottish saying" in the internet, is that correct?
    Thank you again.

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    #10

    Re: Which one is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    In British English:

    (1) Tom and Peter played the guitar.
    a. There was one musical instrument that T and P played on some past occasion (s), not simultaneously.
    b. T and P had the musical ability but, as Ted suggested, they did not actually perform.

    (2) Tom and Peter played the guitars.
    There were two guitars and T and P played one each on some occasion(s) in the past.

    (3) Tom and Peter played guitars.
    There is no suggestion as to how many guitars were available. T and P played one each on some occasion(s) in the past
    Then there is the highly unusual 1 c. , where there was one guitar played simultaneously by two people, often called "four hands guitar".
    However, as Piscean has stated, this is not the usual meaning of sentence 1.

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