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Hi,

I have this question and I asked a lot of people but no one knows the exact answer.

Q: I give advice to some of my friends how to live their life/lives, but no one seems to take my advice.

Is it life or lives? I need help.

Thanks.
Jennifer
 

Francois

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It depends on whether you consider the persons as a group or individually. Eg.
The life of the Romans
The Californian surfers' life

However, in your example:
I give advice to some of my friends how to live their life/lives, but no one seems to take my advice
I don't think you can consider some of your friends as an entity, thus the plural 'their lives' seems more appropriate.

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Jennifers said:
Hi,

I have this question and I asked a lot of people but no one knows the exact answer.

Q: I give advice to some of my friends how to live their life/lives, but no one seems to take my advice.

Is it life or lives? I need help.

Thanks.
Jennifer

I would use "lives" there. They are not sharing one life. :wink:
 

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I agree with Twostep and Francois- given that we think of friends as individuals, the plural seems better.;-)
 
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