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Suppose there are two buildings, numbered 1 and 2. Which of the following is correct?

  1. Residents in building 1 and 2 ...
  2. Residents in buildings 1 and 2 ...

And how about

  1. Building 1 and 2 are ...
  2. Buildings 1 and 2 are ...
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  • Similar: Pluralizing Numbered Items
    – sumelic
    Commented Feb 22, 2018 at 1:14
  • @sumelic There may be a confusion here regarding how to apply conjunction reduction. After all, “Building #1 and building #2 are...” is correct, but if you delete the second building, the number changes.
    – tchrist
    Commented Feb 22, 2018 at 2:21
  • @tchrist: I'm actually confused myself, otherwise I would post an answer. I've never really understood how "conjunction reduction" works and when it is and isn't possible.
    – sumelic
    Commented Feb 22, 2018 at 2:25

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Residents in building 1 and 2 ... refers to residents in one building, supposing that the speaker is pertaining to a building that is named "1 and 2".

Residents in buildings 1 and 2 ... refers to residents in two buildings, in building 1 and building 2.

In order to explain this further, see this example:

I love my mother and teacher. - talks about a single being.

I love my mother and my teacher. - talks about the mother and the teacher, separately.

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