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.
- 10 months ago
'Each group put out their fire and went inside their tent.'
- Anonymous11 months ago
Either one would serve.
- RPLv 711 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.
- 11 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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- Karen LLv 711 months ago
If there is more than one group, more than one fire, and more than one tent, then you use the plural.
- RogerLv 711 months ago
The second is correct, given what you said. It doesn't sound wrong to me.