What's new

Welcome to Japan Reference (JREF) - the community for all Things Japanese.

Join Today! It is fast, simple, and FREE!

Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com

Several members of the committee have hearing disabilities.

hirashin

Sempai
Donor
Joined
8 Apr 2004
Messages
2,717
Reaction score
55
Hello, native English speakers,
does the sentence sound natural?
Several members of the committee have hearing disabilities.
Or should I say
Several members of the committee have a hearing disability.

Thanks in advance.

Hirashin
 

mdchachi

Moderator
Moderator
Joined
6 Mar 2003
Messages
4,281
Reaction score
1,599
Both are fine but I would probably use the first one.
 

hirashin

Sempai
Donor
Joined
8 Apr 2004
Messages
2,717
Reaction score
55
I see.
Do you agree with mdchachi?
Do you think you can use either a singular or plural form of "disability"?
 

Buntaro

運動不足
Joined
27 Dec 2003
Messages
1,726
Reaction score
523
Both forms can be used. The plural form sounds better. But I am having a hard time explaining why. This is what I am thinking about.
 

joadbres

八方凡人
Joined
19 Sep 2016
Messages
733
Reaction score
266
If you want to see a variety of other similar examples, and advice on how to handle such cases, do a web search for "subject-complement agreement".

In this specific case, though, as @mdchachi has pointed out, both sound OK, so you can freely use either one.

English doesn't have a strict rule in such cases, but when in doubt, following subject-complement agreement is a fairly safe choice. In this case, that would result in choosing the first sentence, to match the plural.
 
Top Bottom