I am writing a methods section of a research paper.

"Participants wore the glove on their right hand."

Here I'm confused whether I should say hand or hands, because 1) no one has two right hands, but 2) the total number of right hands = the number of participants > 1.

What do you think?

Thanks in advance.


1 Answer 1


The sentence is going to make more sense changed slightly.

'Every participant wore a glove on his/her (PC) or their -if one prefers - hand'.

Or 'each participant wore a glove on the right hand'.

Or 'the right hand of each participant sported (was covered by) a glove'.

Sometimes (often?) it's easier to change the sentence to accommodate the picture than it is to try to follow some 'rule', which may/not be apposite anyway.

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