I remember when I asked about "everyone" before, Rachel told me it would be better to say "everyone opens their mouth" than "everyone opens their mouths", for everyone has only one mouth. I wonder when it comes to "all" do we still use the singular forms of things like left hand? Thank you.

1. Please raise your left hand if you have any questions.
2. Please raise your left hands if you have any questions.
3. Please all put down your left hand.
4. Please all put down your left hands.
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It's going to be in the singular, left hand in all those sentences, my friend. Even though the speaker is addressing a group of people, he's really talking to each individual, and each individual has just one left hand -- I hope! Wink

In my exercise class, our instructor is wonderful. His English is not perfect yet. He came from Cuba not too long ago.

He always says, 'Now do it with the other legS.' He means all the legs of all of us participants, maybe 15 legs in all. But we smile, because we know that we each have one other leg, and that's what he means.

Please see this Grammar Exchange thread on the distributive plural: http://thegrammarexchange.info...24&a=tpc&f=340600179

You will see that it's possible -- and indeed often the only correct choice -- to use a singular noun when you are referring to something of several individuals. But sometimes the plural is used, and sometimes either.
So if I was a teacher and was addressing my students, it would be correct to say:

- Everybody, raise your hand.(not hands)
- Everyone, move your chair.(not chairs)


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