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    Every Japanese boy and girl ( has - have - is having ) a bike .


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    Every Japanese boy and girl has a bike.


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    Every Japanese boy and (and every Japanese) girl have a bike.
    I do not see eye to eye with Daruma on this one.


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    The State of the Union Address - The New York Times
    Our first goal is clear: We must have an economy that grows fast enough to employ every man and woman who seeks a job.

    Should seeks be seek?


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    Siblings' Lives Trace a U.S.-German Divide - The New York Times
    ''You'd roll up on Monday morning with a headful of alcohol and know nothing would happen,'' he said. ''It was written right there in the East German Constitution: every man and woman has the right and obligation to work.''


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    Is your question rethorical? I am not one who has the authority to overrule NYT, and I think you suspect that.

    every (man and boy)
    (every man) and (every boy)

    Number concord is a matter of view of the subject here, I guess.

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    Here's what the American Heritage Dictionary's Usage Panel has to say in their USAGE NOTE for the word, every:

    USAGE NOTE:Every is representative of a large class of English words and expressions that are singular in form but felt to be plural in sense. The class includes, for example, noun phrases introduced by every, any, and certain uses of some. These expressions invariably take a singular verb; we say Every car has (not have) been tested. Anyone is (not are) liable to fall ill. But when a sentence contains a pronoun that refers to a previous noun phrase introduced by every, grammar and sense pull in different directions. The grammar of these expressions requires a singular pronoun, as in Every car must have its brakes tested, but the meaning often leads people to use the plural pronoun, as in Every car must have their brakes tested. The use of plural pronouns in such cases is common in speech, but it is still widely regarded as incorrect in writing. •The effort to adhere to the grammatical rule causes complications, however. The first is grammatical. When a pronoun refers to a phrase containing every or any that falls within a different independent clause, the pronoun cannot be singular. Thus it is not idiomatic to say Every man left; he took his raincoat with him. Nor can one say No one could be seen, could he? Writers unwilling to use plural forms in these examples must find another way of expressing their meaning, either by rephrasing the sentence so as to get the pronoun into the same clause (as in Every man left, taking his raincoat with him) or by substituting another word for every or any (as in All the men left; they took their raincoats with them). •The second complication is political. When a phrase introduced by every or any refers to a group containing both men and women, what should the gender of the singular pronoun be? This matter is discussed in the Usage Notes at he and they. See Usage Notes at all, any, each, either, he1, neither, none, they.


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    Every Japanese girl and boy has a bike. Other similar examples:
    All Japanese children have bikes.
    Every Japanese child has a bike.
    All Japanese girls and boys have bikes.
    (I agree with Daruma on this point.)

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    #9

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Every Japanese boy and girl has a bike.
    I agree.


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    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    Every Japanese boy and (and every Japanese) girl have a bike.
    I do not see eye to eye with Daruma on this one.
    svartnik,

    I hope I can use idioms as well as you do!

    not see eye to eye with sb (on sth)
    to not share the same views as sb about sth: The two of them have never seen eye to eye on politics.

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