...help the children draw the animal(s) they choose.

When each child can only choose one animal, which form is correct?

I guess plural form is correct here, since the "children" is in plural form.

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    You could "help the children draw the animal each chooses"--I think that works and covers the ground. – Xanne Jul 13 '17 at 8:16
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    The children are plural, so you use animals because the children as a whole will draw more than one animal. ('Help the children draw the animal they choose' would imply they all worked together on the same animal) – marcellothearcane Jul 13 '17 at 8:35
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    Concur with @marcellothearcane. As the children as a whole will draw more than one animal you (presumably) will be helping with (the drawing of) multiple animals. – TripeHound Jul 13 '17 at 8:44
  • Possibly related: english.stackexchange.com/questions/372667/… – Barmar Jul 13 '17 at 22:57

If you're talking about only one animal to draw for all the children, then it can be kept singular. Here you are asking them to choose from, so are various animals to draw from, then plural.


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