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pilot vs pilots #1 (permalink) Sat Jun 19, 2010 16:02 pm   pilot vs pilots
 

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #288 "Basic Grammar Exercises (13)", question 4

The ......... could hardly see the airstrip to land the plane. They encountered heavy fog about 30 miles away from the airport.

(a) pilot
(b) pilots'
(c) pilot's
(d) pilots

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #288 "Basic Grammar Exercises (13)", answer 4

The pilots could hardly see the airstrip to land the plane. They encountered heavy fog about 30 miles away from the airport.

Correct answer: (d) pilots

Your answer was: incorrect
The pilot could hardly see the airstrip to land the plane. They encountered heavy fog about 30 miles away from the airport.
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Why not: pilot?
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pilot vs pilots #2 (permalink) Sat Jun 19, 2010 16:20 pm   pilot vs pilots
 

In the second sentence you can see the word 'they' so pilots is the right choice here. Sometimes, two pilots (a pilot and a co-pilot) fly and land planes together - especially big airline planes etc.
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pilot vs pilots #3 (permalink) Sat Jun 19, 2010 17:23 pm   pilot vs pilots
 

On second thought, I can see how this question might be ambiguous because 'they' could be referring to the passengers on the plane as well.
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