Which one of the following sentences is standard English?

Two-thirds of them have their own homes.

Two-thirds of them own their homes.

  • Both sentences are OK, but it's two-thirds with an 's'. Dec 27, 2019 at 15:34
  • @MichaelHarvey Thanks, I updated my question. Dec 27, 2019 at 20:04

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As @Michael Harvey has noted, it should be two-thirds not two-third. Third is plural since their are more than one of them.

With the correction of Two-third to Two-thirds, both are standard English. They are not synonymous though.

The first could mean a number of things depending on the context, including for example:

that they have a home to live in that they don't share,

that they have a home to live in that they don't own, or

that they have a home that they own.

There may be other ways to interpret that as well.

The second makes clear that their home is owned by them.

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