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    Cool What's their phone number?

    Can we say: What's their phone number? Why don't we use a plural form and add a "s" to the noun?
    For example
    What's their phone number?
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    What are their phone numbers?
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    Re: hi

    If you're talking about two people who have one phone number, then the singular makes sense.

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    Re: hi

    Welcome to the forum, sobhan.

    Please note that I have changed your thread title.

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    Re: What's their phone number?

    It also works if you don't know the sex of the person you're talking about.

    John: I'll be at my cousin's house this weekend so can you phone me there please?
    Sarah: OK. What's their phone number?

    If John had clarified the sex by using his cousin's name, Sarah would say "What's his/her phone number?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: hi

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    If you're talking about two people who have one phone number, then the singular makes sense.
    This extends to a company or organization as well.
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    Re: hi

    Yes, and yes.

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    Re: hi

    Also answered here.

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