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Two guys sit on a bench drinking a beer.

If what I mean is that they have a beer each, would 'a beer' be okay, or would it sound like they're sharing one?

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    You have it correct. Your sentence means they each have a beer. If they were sharing one beer you would also say that just as you have. Two guys sat on a bench sharing a beer. You can also say Two guys sat on a bench drinking beer. This would be the best way to express that they were sharing a six pack of beer (i.e. six cans).
    – EllieK
    Commented Apr 6, 2022 at 13:26
  • it doesn't sound like they are sharing one, since that's unusual to do in context, but it is an awkward way to phrase it, and wouldn't be something a native speaker would likely say.
    – Zach
    Commented Apr 28, 2022 at 21:15

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Your sentence has 2 meanings:

They each are drinking their own beer

They are sharing a beer

It if you want to make it clearer that they are drinking their own beer, you can say

Two guys sat on a bench drinking beer

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You have it correct. Your sentence means they each have their own beer.

Your sentence could be understood to mean that they were sharing a single beer but that situation can be better expressed. If they were sharing one beer that would be clearly expressed just as you have done.

Two guys sat on a bench sharing a beer.

You can also say

Two guys sat on a bench drinking beer.

This would be the best way to express that they were sharing a six pack of beer (i.e. many cans or bottles).

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