to write an essay/to write essays

sebayanpendam

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Hi,

Which one is more grammatical?

1. Mr Kirby wanted his students to write an essay on the topic given. It was an individual task which was due next week. But, only a few submitted the essay.

2. Mr Kirby wanted his students to write essays on the topic given. It was an individual task which was due next week. But only a few submitted their essay.

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teechar

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Hi,
Which one is more grammatical?
A sentence is either grammatical or it's not; it can't be fairly or extremely grammatical! ;-)

1. Mr Kirby wanted his students to write an essay on the topic given. It was an individual task which was due [STRIKE]next[/STRIKE] the following week. But, only a few submitted the essay.
This makes sense and suggests that each student had one essay to do, and that only a few students submitted the work.

2. Mr Kirby wanted his students to write essays on the topic given. It was an individual task which was due [STRIKE]next[/STRIKE] the following week. But only a few submitted their essay.
This implies the teacher requested that each student write several essays on the one topic but only submit one essay.
 
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