Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Their vs. his/her

Do you ever hear someone say something like, “The student must bring their book”? This is wrong because ‘student’ is singular, and ‘their’ is plural. Unfortunately, this is a weakness in the
English language—there is no singular object pronoun for undetermined sex. It may sound funny, but the correct usage is “The student must bring his or her books.

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