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"their" plural or singular

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New post 02 Sep 2018, 17:13
Hello,


I've been frustrated with different answers from people, and I would like to know what the GMAT views the answer to this question as. which is correct:

Is it:

The boys brought their book

or

The boys brought their books



grammatically, is the first one saying each of the boys brought one book or they collectively came as a group with one book? And for the second example is it saying everyone of the boys brought several books or collectively they brought a set of books together?


Also:


After therapy, eight children became able to crawl on their back

or

After therapy, eight children became able to crawl on their backs


is the first saying all 8 children each can crawl on their own back or they all share the same back

and similarly is the second one saying they all can crawl on their own back, or that each baby has multiple backs?


lastly,

Everyone eats their (or should I use "his") pill

or

Everyone eats their (or should I use "his") pills
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New post 04 Sep 2018, 07:17
Im not sure, but I feel like it depends on the context.

However, on the GMAT "their" is incorrect in cases such as:

After therapy, eight children became able to crawl on their back
or
After therapy, eight children became able to crawl on their backs


Here I believe the correct form would be:
After therapy, eight children were able to crawl on his or her back

The MGMAT writes,
Wrong: Whenever a student calls, take down THEIR information.
Right: Whenever a student calls, take down HIS or HER information.
Right: Whenever students call, take down THEIR information.
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