This is something I've always wanted to ask. Is it more correct to say:

They asked us to leave our hat at the door.

They asked us to leave our hats at the door.

I mean, they're both wrong in a way. The first sentence could be read as the people at the door have one hat between them. And the second sentence could be read as the people at the door each have more than one hat.

Thank you!

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Dijahtil,

We want hats (plural) here, assuming that more than one member of the group is wearing a hat.  If one man is wearing more than one hat, I would ask security to watch him.  If only one person in the group is wearing only one hat, then "they", however many people that is, asked him or her to remove his or her hat (singular).

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