people's unhealthy lifestyle or lifestyles?

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can anyone tell me 'People's unhealthy lifestyle is the result of their tendency to rely heavily on technology' or 'People's unhealthy lifestyles are the result of their tendency to rely heavily on technology'? 

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asked Oct 27 '13 at 08:21 wangfa627 New member

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If you want to use the plural "people", then both lifestyle and tendency need to be plural as well. It is a very awkward sentence. You actually don't even need to use people or person. The reader can understand that the lifestyle belongs to a person. I would also get rid of the pronoun"their". Here are two ways to clean it up a bit.

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A person's unhealthy lifestyle is the result of the tendency to rely heavily on technology.

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An unhealthy lifestyle is the result of a tendency to rely heavily on technology.

link comment answered Oct 27 '13 at 11:59 Patty T Grammarly Fellow
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All the above sentences suggest that all unhealthy lifestyles are caused only by a dependency on technology, which we know not to be true.

 

We also know that when we are talking about a large number of people, even if they share some charcteristics, they actually have substantially different lifestlyes.  All that to say, I would suggest something like the following the following:

 

Some/Many people's unhealthy lifestyles are the result of their tendency to rely heavily on technology.  

link comment answered Oct 28 '13 at 21:37 Paul Henderson Contributor

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