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    Question Pls help me confirm this grammar rule I came across in a local grammar book

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    0Please consider this grammar cloze I came across in a local assessment book for lower grade students.

    The kids are going to have _______ nap soon.

    My first instinct was the answer should be 'a' but when I checked the answers at the back of the page it was 'their'. I am really stumped. I would have thought both answers are acceptable? But the author of the assessment book went in to explain that since kids is a plural noun, then it follows that the answer should be 'their', the plural possessive pronoun. This is even hard for me to grasp, let alone a 7 year old child.

    If this is indeed the answer, then shouldn't nap be 'naps'? Or is NAP considered an uncountable noun?

    Thank you very much. Please help.

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    Re: Pls help me confirm this grammar rule I came across in a local grammar book

    Either answer is possible and natural. With the indefinite article, the sentence means Every one of the kids is going to have a nap. Here's a similar sentence: The kids are going to take a break now.
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