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    #1

    the biceps of his right arm

    What is this man doing? Is he flexing the biceps of his right arm? Is he flexing the biceps in his right arm?

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    #2

    Re: the biceps of his right arm

    Use 'of'.

    I guess he's flexing more than his biceps.

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    #3

    Re: the biceps of his right arm

    I would use of, but wouldn't be troubled by in.

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    #4

    Re: the biceps of his right arm

    He's flexing the muscles in his right arm, including his right biceps.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: the biceps of his right arm

    If he were flexing only the bicep of/in his right arm, you could save yourself the confusion by saying "He's flexing his right bicep".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: the biceps of his right arm

    Is "bicep" a singular form, and is "biceps" a plural form? "Biceps" are used both as a singular noun and as a plural noun, aren't they?

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    #7

    Re: the biceps of his right arm

    "Bicep" is the singular noun. You have one bicep in each arm so, in total, you have two biceps.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: the biceps of his right arm

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "Bicep" is the singular noun. You have one bicep in each arm so, in total, you have two biceps.
    Is "the biceps of his right arm" incorrect but is "the bicep of his right arm" correct?
    Last edited by Saki6; 25-Mar-2017 at 10:35.

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    Re: the biceps of his right arm

    Quote Originally Posted by Saki6 View Post
    Is "the biceps of his right arm" incorrect but is "the bicep of his right arm" correct?
    That's right.

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    #10

    Re: the biceps of his right arm

    That's right, but as I pointed out in an earlier post, it's much more natural to say "his right bicep".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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