I am preparing for an exam, and came across the sentence below.

'This means everyone should have their turn to say something'

And I wondered why this sentence has no grammatical errors. Isn't the noun 'turn' countable? hence should be used in the plural form or should have the indefinitive article 'a'?

For me 'everyone should have a turn to say something' sounds correct.

Thanks in advance!


1 Answer 1


have-turn is understood as a compound verb by whoever says this, if they don't just blindly repeat it, however, it's neither awfully frequent nor current overall. To take turns is much more frequent.

The lack of plural can be explained as analogy to take part.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.