All bears have short legs, big feet, round ears and black noses/a black nose.

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brian&me

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Chinese - China
All bears have short legs, big feet, round ears and black noses.

This sentence is from a test paper for young learners by Cambridge University Press.

I wonder if it’s necessary to change the ‘black noses’ to ‘a black nose’ or if both ‘black noses’ and ‘a black nose’ are correct.

Many thanks in advance.
 
  • lingobingo

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    English - England
    It would only be “necessary” if bear were used in the singular:

    Every bear has short legs, big feet, round ears and a black nose.
     

    brian&me

    Senior Member
    Chinese - China
    Thanks, teachers.

    What about these two sentences? Are they equally common?

    1. All dogs have a tail.
    2. All dogs have tails.
     

    lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    A quick google suggests that the singular version is more common – which seems logical, since the other version could imply that one dog could have more than one tail (as in the idiom! :D).
     
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