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When somebody has bought the farm, they have died. #1 (permalink) Sun Jan 24, 2010 22:16 pm   When somebody has bought the farm, they have died.
 

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ESL/EFL Test #313 "English Slang Idioms (34)", question 7

His grandfather bought the ......... last Tuesday. He wasn't surprised; his grandfather was eighty years old and had been sick for years. The old man passed away in his sleep.

(a) store
(b) farm
(c) car
(d) boat

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #313 "English Slang Idioms (34)", answer 7

His grandfather bought the farm last Tuesday. He wasn't surprised; his grandfather was eighty years old and had been sick for years. The old man passed away in his sleep.

Correct answer: (b) farm

Your answer was: incorrect
His grandfather bought the boat last Tuesday. He wasn't surprised; his grandfather was eighty years old and had been sick for years. The old man passed away in his sleep.
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Not really a question on the test but on the definition found in usingenglish.com:
http://www.usingenglish.com/reference/idioms/search.php?q=farm

When somebody has bought the farm, they have died.
Why somebody (singular) with they (plural) ?
Thanks for your explanation
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When somebody has bought the farm, they have died. #2 (permalink) Mon Jan 25, 2010 12:58 pm   When somebody has bought the farm, they have died.
 

'They' is the usual, informal singular pronoun for a person of unknown sex.
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