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Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceWords & Wordplay · 6 months ago

Which of the following would be grammatically correct?

"Both groups put out their fire and went inside their tent" or "Both groups put out their fires and went inside their tents"?

For context, each group has one fire and one tent. Neither of these examples sound correct to me.

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  • 5 months ago

    'Each group put out their fire and went inside their tent.'

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    Either one would serve.

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  • RP
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    The second may seem better, technically, but it's really hair splitting. You might also give consideration to: After extinguishing their fires, both groups returned to their tents.

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  • 6 months ago

    That's tricky, as even though there is more than one group, fire and tent, the groups themselves only have one of each - I would say the first sentence was correct.

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  • 6 months ago

    If there is more than one group, more than one fire, and more than one tent, then you use the plural.

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  • Roger
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    The second is correct, given what you said. It doesn't sound wrong to me.

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