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  1. Customer focus is at the heart of everything we do, regardless of our roles and responsibilities.
  2. Customer focus is at the heart of everything we do, regardless of our role and responsibility.

Which should I choose?

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I think the answer depends on whether you are talking about the same role or different ones.

Let's assume "our" is the possessive pronoun for the members of a team. If all members perform the same role and the responsibility (they all have the role X and the responsibility Y), then use role and responsibility.

If each member has a different role and responsibility (role X and responsibility Y for member 1, role X and responsibility Z for member 2 and ...), then use roles and responsibilities.

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    In the singular case, it would also make it sound more idiomatic (and less like a mistake in grammar) if it were phrased as our shared role and responsibility. The use of shared makes the meaning explicit. Sep 13, 2018 at 17:08
  • shoud we put a before role and responsiblity, since they are singular?
    – user81157
    Sep 15, 2018 at 2:05
  • @YongxueLaw No, you can't use "our" and "a" together, but as Jason mentioned, using a word like shared before role and responsibility would make your sentence sound more idiomatic.
    – helen
    Sep 15, 2018 at 7:17
  • How about: Customer focus is at the heart of everything we do, regardless of role and responsibility.
    – user81157
    Sep 15, 2018 at 7:37
  • @YongxueLaw Well, I think it's incorrect. In most cases a singular countable noun (like role) should be preceded by a determiner such as a, the, this, our, etc.
    – helen
    Sep 15, 2018 at 10:25

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