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    to write an essay/to write essays

    Hi,

    Which one is more grammatical?

    1. Mr Kirby wanted his students to write an essay on the topic given. It was an individual task which was due next week. But, only a few submitted the essay.

    2. Mr Kirby wanted his students to write essays on the topic given. It was an individual task which was due next week. But only a few submitted their essay.

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    Re: to write an essay/to write essays

    Quote Originally Posted by sebayanpendam View Post
    Hi,
    Which one is more grammatical?
    A sentence is either grammatical or it's not; it can't be fairly or extremely grammatical!

    Quote Originally Posted by sebayanpendam View Post
    1. Mr Kirby wanted his students to write an essay on the topic given. It was an individual task which was due next the following week. But, only a few submitted the essay.
    This makes sense and suggests that each student had one essay to do, and that only a few students submitted the work.

    Quote Originally Posted by sebayanpendam View Post
    2. Mr Kirby wanted his students to write essays on the topic given. It was an individual task which was due next the following week. But only a few submitted their essay.
    This implies the teacher requested that each student write several essays on the one topic but only submit one essay.

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