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Which sentence below is grammatically correct and indicates that a driver damaged the engine in my car and the engine in my brother's car? (Different websites offer conflicting answers.)

A) My brother and I had to replace the engine in our cars. B) My brother and I had to replace the engines in our cars. C) My brother and I had to replace our cars' engine. D) My brother and I had to replace our cars' engines.

Which sentence makes the most sense and doesn't imply that our cars have more than one engine? I realize I could re-write the sentence for better clarity, but I'm trying to understand the grammar. Thank you!

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    Please post the reference sites you mentioned. It might help your question. – user140086 Oct 15 '15 at 6:06
  • Are we supposed to use "engines" in front of a noun? Or should it engine? Just a thought! – rohit raina Oct 15 '15 at 12:47
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This is not a particularly well settled question it seems. I recommend http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=286 which deals with a similar problem.

My personal tendency would be to go for:

My brother and I had to replace the engines in our cars.

  • DRF, Thank you for the languagelog link. It's very informative (and funny). It does seem to lean in your opinion. Thank you to Rathony and Rohit for answering as well. – Gold Mine Oct 16 '15 at 16:23

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