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Singular or Plural after plural subjects [duplicate]

In the following sentence, which should I use, singular phone or plural phones? Most people have (a) smartphone(s) nowadays. I think singular is correct, because using plural makes it sounds like ...
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Why do distributive adjectives mostly take a singular noun while quantitative adjectives mostly take a plural noun?

I am sure that there are some exceptions to this, but I have noticed that distributive adjectives like “each”, “every”, “either”, “neither”, etc., mostly take a singular noun, while quantitative ...
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I made both of you buy the (games or game) [duplicate]

I had made two of my friends buy CS:GO and today, while texting in a group I said "I made both of you buy the games". My friend corrected me with "*game". Was I wrong? I tried googling but couldn't ...
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“doesn’t it”/“don’t they” with “every” as a determiner

Which of the two is correct: “Every cell phone does that, doesn’t it?” or “Every cell phone does that, don’t they?”
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What happens when the determiner is missing?

Phrase 1: Police officers have the authority to arrest people. Phrase 2: All police officers have the authority to arrest people. As I understand it, the all in phrase 2 is a distributive ...
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“They're using a cell phone” vs. “They're using cell phones”

The usage of singular and plural has always been confusing for me. I often see sentences like these People are using cell phones. People are using a cell phone. Does the first sentence ...
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Do you pluralize the singular possessions of / items or people associated with individual members of a plural group?

In a situation where say a group (or at least a plurality) of men is being addressed — for example on a sign passed by many married men — which is correct? "Remind your wife." or "...
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Universal quantifiers

In the following statements all the individuals of a group are addressed for gratitude: Gratitude is owed to each member of the group. Gratitude is owed to every member of the group. Gratitude is ...
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Should a noun after the determiner *their* take in the form of singular or of plural?

Should I say Some people use the word "flat" to describe their phone when its battery is dead. or Some people use the word "flat" to describe their phones when their batteries are dead. (I ...