Heads of a thousand inmates were cut.
The heads of a thousand inmates were cut.
The head of a thousand inmates was/were?? cut.
Which one/ones are correct? It first seems to me that the second one is correct; each inmate has one head, so we use “the head”, and “the heads” follows. How about the third one? However, although it sounds weird to me and may cause ambiguity, the following sentence sound okay to me.
We have changed the size of our shoes.
I don’t know whether is it okay to write the first one. Does it have the same meaning as the second one? I have learnt from somewhere that the following pairs of sentences about are identical in meaning,(are they) so I wonder if I can apply that knowledge to this problem.
The people in England speak English.
People in England speak English.
I love the food made by my mom.
I love food made by my mom
This design aims for the harmony of form and function.
This design aims for harmony of form and function.
And could someone please write in detail if the additional “the” in each of the sentences have any slight changes in suggestions or something? I would much appreciate that.