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    The use and meaning of plural form

    Hello all,

    I have some questions about using the plural form. Please see the following cases first:

    Tom is my neighbor. He lives in House A. He lives alone.
    Mary is my neighbor. She lives in House B. She lives alone.
    John and Daisy are my neighbors. They live together in House C.
    Mike and Betty are my neighbors. They live together in House D.

    Please have a look at the following sentences. Could anyone tell me if they are all correct?

    1. Tom and Mary want to move next month, I am giving them a gift because they have been my neighbors for a long time.
    2. Tom and Mary want to move house next month, I am giving them a gift because they have been my neighbors for a long time.
    3. Tom and Mary want to move houses next month, I am giving them a gift because they have been my neighbors for a long time.
    4. John, Daisy, Mike and Betty want to move next month, I am giving them a gift because they have been my neighbors for a long time.
    5. John, Daisy, Mike and Betty want to move next month, I am giving them gifts because they have been my neighbors for a long time.


    There is something that I would like to ask:
    For sentence no. 4, if I say “I am giving them a gift”, does it mean I give a gift to each of my neighbor? I mean John and Daisy will receive a gift while Mike and Betty will receive another gift.
    For sentence no. 5, if I say “I am giving them gifts”, does it mean I give a gift to each of my neighbor (I mean John and Daisy will receive a gift while Mike and Betty will receive another gift) but it can also mean I give gifts to all of them (I mean John will receive a gift. Daisy will receive a gift. Mike will receive a gift and Betty will receive a gift).
    Could anyone give me some advice? Thank you very much

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    Re: The use and meaning of plural form

    I am not a teacher.
    Hi.
    If I already know who lives with whom, sentence 4 implies each pair who live together receives one gift ,(for their new house like photo frame,vase...),total 2 gifts for two pairs of friends,otherwise I understand one gift for each,that makes it toal 4 gifts.
    For sentence 5, whether I know or not, I understand each one of the friends will receive one gift separately.
    Last edited by hm46; 27-May-2016 at 08:59.

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