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

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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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