Student or Learner
Dear native speakers,
Suppose that there are 100 students in front of you, and each student has a computer.
Q1. Under this circumstance, if the following are stated, what would each actually mean?
1. See there is a dot on your screen.
2. See there are dots on your screens.
3. See there is a dot on your screens.
Q2. If a dot (only one dot) is shown on each student's computer screen, which of the above three would be a correct sentence?
Last edited by gorikaz; 20-Jan-2008 at 09:21.
Dear gorikaz, it depends on how your is interpreted:
1. There is a dot on your screen. [singular]
=> viewing the students as invididuals
2. There are dots on your screens.
=> more than one dot
3. There is a dot on your screens. [plural]
=> viewing the students as a collective, each of whom has a screen; therefore, screens.
Hope that helps.