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    Question Egg on his face

    Hi
    I'm having a problem with singular/plural usage in idioms
    For instance is the statement below correct?
    "As a result of the ruling, the officials were left with egg on their face."
    Or should it be:
    "As a result of the ruling, the officials were left with egg on their faces."
    Would appreciate anyone's help on this. And if there is any general grammar rule that applies in this regard, please do point me to it.
    Thank you!
    - Savozaul

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    Re: Egg on his face

    Quote Originally Posted by savozaul View Post
    Hi
    I'm having a problem with singular/plural usage in idioms
    For instance is the statement below correct?
    "As a result of the ruling, the officials were left with egg on their face."
    Or should it be:
    "As a result of the ruling, the officials were left with egg on their faces."
    Would appreciate anyone's help on this. And if there is any general grammar rule that applies in this regard, please do point me to it.
    Thank you!
    - Savozaul
    The only rule is logic. These men do not share one face; they have separate faces. So use the plural.

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    Re: Egg on his face

    Thank you. Your reasoning makes perfect sense!

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    Re: Egg on his face

    Quote Originally Posted by DarkNinja View Post
    the question is no meanin...what? u gona toss egg on they face?
    "Egg on one's face" is an idiom meaning "embarrassed".

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    Thumbs down Re: Egg on his face

    Quote Originally Posted by DarkNinja View Post
    you will be ina prison if do....get wit it
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