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In a question paper, there are many questions and the professor intends to say that all the questions are weighted equally. Most commonly, I have come across the following:

All questions have equal weights.

However I also came across the following recently, which sounds ungrammatical to me, but I am not sure.

Each question has equal weight.

Is the second usage also correct? Somehow I feel equal does not come across as same in this sentence.

  • Have you ever wondered what an equal opportunity was? – Airymouse Feb 13 '17 at 14:11
  • FWIW, I would prefer someone saying "Each question is weighted equally" . It's not really that the questions have "weight" but the questions have points values an the point values are weighted the same.... or something like that. I'm more familiar with the second way but I'd use "an" as discussed in an answer below. – Tom22 Feb 14 '17 at 0:55
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Not only is your second sentence correct, it is the more commonly used.

A question has a weight, it does not have several weights.
Therefore, with multiple questions, each has a (singular) weight.
Therefore, each question may have an equal weight.

  • It doesn't say each question has an equal weight though, it says "each question has equal weight". I suppose the question may be whether it is correct to refer to something as having "weight" rather than "a weight". I believe it is correct, although it doesn't sound as though it should be. Perhaps "All questions are equally weighted" would be clearer. – Bekahland Feb 13 '17 at 14:02
  • An equal weight is simply my emphasis. The point applies whether or not it is added to the sentence. – Chenmunka Feb 13 '17 at 14:31
  • Without "an" we might momentarly think of the questions as "weighty" as in deep or meaningful, while saying they have 'a' weight or 'an' equal weight suggests that the questions possess something, not merely an adjective. – Tom22 Feb 14 '17 at 0:57

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