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    Plural or singular(#2)?

    Dear English native speakers and teachers,

    I got a bit confused again with the use of plural/singular, for example in the case like this:

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    You see there are ten students in a class and each has his/her own monitor.
    In such a situation, which of the following would be more appropriate to say to these students?
    1) Keep looking at your monitors. (plural)
    2) Keep looking at your monitor. (singular)

    Please help me understand this matter.

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    Re: Plural or singular(#2)?

    Quote Originally Posted by gorikaz View Post
    Dear English native speakers and teachers,

    I got a bit confused again with the use of plural/singular, for example in the case like this:

    (Situation)
    You see there are ten students in a class and each has his/her own monitor.
    In such a situation, which of the following would be more appropriate to say to these students?
    1) Keep looking at your monitors. (plural)
    2) Keep looking at your monitor. (singular)

    Please help me understand this matter.
    Both are fine. #2 is correct when you address to one person. #1 is correct when you address the whole group of the students.

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    Re: Plural or singular(#2)?

    I see, I can use either case, right?
    So, if I am asking to keep looking at monitors to these students (all of these 10 students), it would be better for me to use "Keep looking at your monitors"? Is it correct?

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    Re: Plural or singular(#2)?

    Quote Originally Posted by gorikaz View Post
    I see, I can use either case, right?
    So, if I am asking to keep looking at monitors to these students (all of these 10 students), it would be better for me to use "Keep looking at your monitors"? Is it correct?
    Yes!

    Here is another example: The teacher usually tells the students to look at their books, but at the blackboard. So if there are a lot of monitors they keep looking at the monitors. If there is only one monitor then they can look at it.

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    Re: Plural or singular(#2)?

    Thank you very much for clarifying the point.
    I got it!

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    Re: Plural or singular(#2)?

    Quote Originally Posted by gorikaz View Post
    Thank you very much for clarifying the point.
    I got it!
    You are welcome!

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