use of his/her/their
i have noticed in a English book mentioning that
someone lost their keys -wrong
someone lost his/her keys -correct
Could anyone clarify the usage of his/her/their with someone?
Re: use of his/her/their
Originally Posted by neelajah
The problem is that someone can both be male and female.
In order to avoid this problem we use their.
Probably his/her is "more correct" althought I would never say that their is wrong.
Theoretically there are plenty of such examples:
Everybody has their own problems.
A person lost their cellphone last night.
Everyone wants to find their real love.
As you can see everybody is singular (because of has) but I use their, because I don't mean just male or female.
Maybe the "best" version would be:
Someone lost his or her keys.
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