Challenging grammar question.

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Challenging grammar question.

Unread post by snowdog » Wed Nov 21, 2018 3:22 am

Hi, I teach reading/writing on Cape Cod in the US. I ran into a question of whether to use the word "children" or "child" in this situation. The word in question will be in all caps. I chose the form I believe is correct. I' asked a few people but received different answers. I am a native speaker. Thanks in advance for your help.

There are multiple married couples each having one child. All the children are in danger. Here is the sentence:

The parents agreed that they wouldn't visit their own CHILDREN until they knew every child's fate.

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Re: Challenging grammar question.

Unread post by Joe » Wed Nov 21, 2018 4:02 am

You could try rewriting to get out of this bind:

Each married couple/parental couple agreed that they wouldn't visit their own CHILD until they knew every child's fate.

Each married couple/parental couple agreed that they wouldn't visit their own CHILD until they knew the fate of every child.

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