Using singular or plural in a sentence

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Dear Sir/Madam,
                         I need your help to resolve my grammar
related problem that I often feel. My problem is that I become
confused about the use of singular and plural in course of writing a
sentence.
                                                  Examples-

       1- Millions of people are searching for a house for their
families in Delhi.
                                                    or
          Millions of people are searching for houses for their
families in Delhi.

      2- Many people were trying to get a cup of coffee for
themselves, but as cups were less in numbers than the people, so many
of them could not get one for them.
                                                      or
       Many people were trying to get cups of coffee for themselves,
but as cups were less in number, so many of them could not get one for
them.

       3-   They all were doing their best to get promotions, but only
Jack succeeded to get one for himself.
                                                              or
            They all were doing very hard to get a promotion, but only
Jack succeeded to get one for himself.

 

 4- Teachers were educating their students about how they could grow in their lives.

                                                            or

Teachers were educating their students about how they could grow in their life.

 

Could you please inform which sentences are the right ones and why? And what should I do when I have to write such a sentence.

asked Sep 10 '13 at 12:33 Abhishek New member

2 answers


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Most of these questions will have the same answer, but let's go through them one at a time.

 

       1- Millions of people are searching for a house for their
families in Delhi.
                                                    or
          Millions of people are searching for houses for their
families in Delhi.

 

Since there are millions looking, there has to be more than one house.  Millions of people are searching for houses for their
families in Delhi.

 

 

 

      2- Many people were trying to get a cup of coffee for
themselves, but as cups were less in numbers than the people, so many
of them could not get one for them.
                                                      or
       Many people were trying to get cups of coffee for themselves,
but as cups were less in number, so many of them could not get one for
them.

 

Since you  can count the cups, you need to use 'fewer' rather than 'less'.  Either 'cup' or 'cups' would work here.  I would write this like this.   Many people were trying to get cups of coffee for themselves, but there were fewer cups than people, so not everyone got a cup.

 

 

       3-   They all were doing their best to get promotions, but only
Jack succeeded to get one for himself.
                                                              or
            They all were doing very hard to get a promotion, but only
Jack succeeded to get one for himself.

 

The first one is correct, but I would use 'succeeded in getting one' to correlate with 'doing their best'.  You can eliminate 'for himself'.  They all were doing their best to get promotions, but only Jack succeeded in getting.

 

 

4- Teachers were educating their students about how they could grow in their lives.

                                                            or

Teachers were educating their students about how they could grow in their life.

 

The first one is correct with no changes.  Teachers were educating their students about how they could grow in their lives.

link comment answered Sep 10 '13 at 15:09 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow
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Lewis, thanks for your reply.  Again, I would ask one thing- is there any rule regarding the same or we can do it ourselves because I have met several people and they all give their opinions which made me confused. So, could you help me overcome my confusion?

link comment answered Sep 12 '13 at 10:47 Abhishek New member

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