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2-04-2010 @ 4:08PM
Just in case anyone was curious, (I know I had to do a double take when she mentioned it) when she was talking about messing up the singular/plural possessive pronouns, this is what she was talking about."Maybe I'll figure out a way to mention them, particularly if "anyone" wants to quickly read up on class basics before going into "their" next random PUG.""Anyone" is singular and "their" is plural possessive. It's an incredibly common mistake that you'll find in every magazine, book and movie. It's a bad habit that I think almost everyone has picked up due to the media. Kudos to Robin for pointing this out. :)
2-04-2010 @ 4:38PM
It's because the "his or her" construction that keeping them both singular entails is excruciatingly awkward and stuffy-sounding. You can be grammatically correct, but at the expense of your writing tone sounding like you wear a monocle and drink brandy from a snifter. Thank goodness language evolves over time, the "their" version may not be "correct," at the moment, but it's a lot easier on the eyes.
2-04-2010 @ 5:07PM
Actually, the singular use of "their" is completely and most certainly correct. You may want to check out this link, or google the word if that suits your fancy.http://www.crossmyt.com/hc/linghebr/austheir.htmlAs an interesting tidbit, Jane Austen used "their" in a singular context many times, which may be why Robin chose to feature this author in the article.Thanks!
2-05-2010 @ 4:24AM
How about "one's"? Neutral singular possessive pronoun, amirite?
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