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    #1

    The twins sleep in bunk beds/a bunk bed.

    a. The twins sleep in bunk beds. (Cambridge Dictionary)
    b. The twins sleep in a bunk bed.

    I saw sentence a in the Cambridge Dictionary. Doesn't the singular form of bunk bed mean the whole structure (with a top bunk and a bottom bunk)? I also saw a British had the same feeling as I. See it here. Which is correct between sentences a and b? Thanks!

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    Re: The twins sleep in bunk beds/a bunk bed.

    Interesting question.

    Technically, only a. is correct but I do believe that many people might use b., thinking of the bed as a singular thing, as you are.

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    #3

    Re: The twins sleep in bunk beds/a bunk bed.

    Quote Originally Posted by z7655431 View Post
    I also saw [where?] that a British person had the same feeling as I.
    See above.
    I am not a teacher.

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