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    a good sense of humor

    Dear teachers,

    1. Those guys have a good sense of humor.
    2. Those guys have good sense of humor.
    3. Those guys have good senses of humor.

    When you are referring to multiple number of people, which of the above is/are considered to be correct.

    Thank you.

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    Re: a good sense of humor

    Quote Originally Posted by bouji View Post
    Dear teachers,

    1. Those guys have a good sense of humor. Yes, if they're a distinct group with a shared sense of humor.
    2. Those guys have good sense of humor. No.
    3. Those guys have good senses of humor. Yes, if they're individuals, each with his own distinct sense of humor.

    When you are referring to multiple number of people, which of the above is/are considered to be correct.

    1 and 3 are good. If it's a group of people who share a similar sense of humor, 1 makes a little more sense. If not, 3 does. But that's hair-splitting: either is really fine.

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    Re: a good sense of humor

    Then in case where a number of people(two or more indivisuals), each has a distinct sense of humor, I take it that using 3(the latter one) would be the correct choice, but in colloquial everyday conversation, is it possible 1 is used meaning the same as 3? Since you've said it's hair-splitting, I just want to make sure about it.

    Sorry for asking a redundant question,
    Thank you again.
    Last edited by bouji; 13-Mar-2009 at 23:36.


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    Re: a good sense of humor

    CHarlie B.: Have another look. Are you suuuuuuuure about 3.?

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