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    Many people had heart attacks

    Hi,

    Which one should I use?

    Many people had heart attacks/a heart attack.

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    Re: Many people had heart attacks

    Either is acceptable.
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    Re: Many people had heart attacks

    I'd say neither is acceptable without a context. Most common would be, "Many people have had heart attacks." That can stand alone.
    To use your version, you'd need something like, "The movie was very scary. Many people had heart attacks."

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    Re: Many people had heart attacks

    Would you accept Many people have had a heart attack? I would. The problem you're highlighting is the tense.

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    Re: Many people had heart attacks

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Would you accept Many people have had a heart attack? I would. The problem you're highlighting is the tense.
    Is that question to me? If so, of course. You're right - my point was about the tense, not about the number of 'heart attack'.

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