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Postby Rustamsher » Sat Jun 22, 2013 5:03 am

1. How many of you want to be a doctor?
2. How many of you want to be doctors?

My teacher said
...needn't 'a doctor' be 'doctors' since a sense of plurality is expressed by 'How many'?

As far as I know, a doctor/doctors are complement in the sentence. Should they be compatible
with the subject of the sentence? Are both of the sentences correct?


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Re: Singular/plural

Postby Alan » Mon Jun 24, 2013 4:24 am

Although both are structurally possible, #2 is more natural in this particular case.

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