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  1. Star Pupil
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    Question "meaning" or "meanings"?

    Hi teachers!
    Is the following sentence correct?
    Do read and study have the same meaning?
    My question, indeed, is should the word "meaning" be sigular or plural according to the two subjects?
    Please answer as soon as possible.
    Regards!

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    Re: "meaning" or "meanings"?

    I'm not a teacher (in case you are looking for qualified response) but I believe that your sentence is correct. The word meaning must be singular because you are asking about ONE meaning in common between read and study

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    Question Re: "meaning" or "meanings"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Star Pupil View Post
    Hi teachers!
    Is the following sentence correct?
    Do read and study have the same meaning?
    My question, indeed, is should the word "meaning" be sigular or plural according to the two subjects?
    Please answer as soon as possible.
    Regards!

    Star Pupil...
    Actually both ( singular and plural ) could be correct. It purely depends on if you think that there are more than one meaning for each word and you want to know whether they are the same for both words. If both have only one meaning in common, you should use "meaning". On the other hand, if each word has more than one meaning ( and you know this), you should use meanings.
    A comparison could be made to your sentence to have a good understanding.
    Do they (Tim and David) have the same friend?
    Do they (Tim and David) have the same friends?
    Hope this helps.
    Dawood Usmani

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