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Today I read in an article :

...when your incomes grow....

My question is, should it be incomes or income?

In first case suppose, I have a one source of income. In that case I can say: when my income grows....

In second case suppose I have three sources of income. In that case what will it be...incomes grow or income grows ?

To my understanding, no matter how many sources are there,income is a singe entity.

So, which one is correct? OR, can both be used ?

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It is certainly normal to talk about all of a person's sources of income as, collectively, their income. They might then talk about an individual source of income as "this income, that income", but it would be unusual to use income in the plural about the separate sources.

However, "your incomes" would be a normal phrasing where you is plural. If you were addressing several people collectively, such as a class of kids or a married couple, "your incomes" refers to each person's individual income, collectively.

(It would also be relatively normal to use the singular income for a married couple as well, though old-fashioned.)

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  • Oh..well, your used as a plural...this makes sense. I haven't thought about that.
    – Spectra
    Feb 7, 2019 at 15:12
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If you have multiple sources of income then you can say "My sources of income have grown." Saying "My incomes grow" or "My incomes are growing" sounds a little clunky.

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  • My sources of income have grown - doesn't it mean that the number of sources has increased ? If yes, then I didn't mean that. I wanted to mean the amount has increased.
    – Spectra
    Feb 7, 2019 at 15:04
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    No, "sources of income have grown" wouldn't be taken to mean more sources, but bigger sources. "Grown" indicates a single entity getting bigger, and the plural indicates that each of them have grown.
    – SamBC
    Feb 7, 2019 at 15:05

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