I'm probably not the right person to answer this question, because English is not my native language, but when I read those two sentences out loud, to me 'lives' sounds better than 'life'. I think so because 'our' is referring to more people than one. But then... I could be totally wrong I'm sure someone will have the right answer.
There are instances where it can be used either way. If you are using "our" as a collective it can have a singular object Our house . . . Our society . . . Our life together . . . . . .or if you are speaking as a reincarnationist or a person with multiple personalities you might say "in my lives as a woman". . .
I think everyone contributed here, Kenneth. In general, and in most cases, singulars and plurals should agree. It seems that English is such a rich language because of the exceptions to "rules". My first instinct was to emphatically say "lives", but then thought that it might depend on context.
for you, Rochelle, and . . .you are right. I confess. I have trouble with SepERate and SepARate and I get those mixed-up a lot. So I just watch my thoughts fo NOT use them. LOL. I was honest. I felt bad at not being able to help Kenna and all of you, my good friends.
You did nothing wrong. It would have worked both ways all the same. The English language is a thing to understand and I don't have a vast library or command of it like my Father did. Talk about feeling stupid. That guy was not human, I tell ya', lol.
I'm just glad I could help Kenna!
Everyone gets a for helping out. That's what is so great about websites and forums like Quora. Everyone pitches in.
This was interesting, very helpful explanations. What just came to mind for me is that couples usually refer to "building a life together," not " building our lives together." Love the English language.
A great discussion going here because these types of questions can give pause for thought. It's possible that either life or lives would work depending on the entire context but your point re building a life together sums it up well. Yes indeedy, ain't English grand? ;-)
@ Rochelle . . .thank you for noticing. I take a notion once in a while to just share some memories of my boyhood and hope that I make the next pay-out for I desperately need some "scratch." (Have you ever heard of this term? On the streets in the 1940s, it was considered as Money). Anyway, thanks for your wonderful friendship and all of the work that you do.
I checked out your profile and did notice that, my Lord, you do write a lot. As a writer myself (unpublished and rather new) I thought I would introduce myself. I plan to read your articles and get to know your writing.
It interests me to read other writers. I didn't read as a youngster, or old man for that matter, so I have a lot of catching up to do. Especially if I'm considering myself a writer and starting a new career as a screenwriter.
Take care friend.
P.S. We have a few things in common, it seems, from what I read in your profile. It's nice to know a fellow believer.
'Our' and any noun following do not have to agree, plurally speaking. For instance, you'd say 'our home'.
'Lives' can be combined into one shared 'life'. "My husband and I enjoyed our life in New York." or "My husband and I enjoyed our lives in New York." Both are correct, but each implies a very subtle difference. The first gives you a mental picture of a couple together; the second promotes the idea of a couple going about their separate lives.
Both are correct, depending on the context of how many lives you are talking about. For example, if I were to say to a friend, speaking of the life of my family, I would say, "We are fortunate to have you in our life", and if I were to be speaking of multiple families, I would say, "We are fortunate to have you in our lives".
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