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    Default I have a question for the choice of pronoun in the sentence with "every"

    Hi! I have a question for the choice of pronoun in the sentence with "every"

    Ex) Everyone knows he is a genius although they don't like him.

    As far as I'm concerned, all the phrases with "every" are used in singular form, even though they have plural meaning. I think the plural meaning of "every" can be realized in its pronoun use as shown above.

    However, if teacher says "Did everyon bring ______ textbooks?" in class, then what pronoun can be put in the blank between "your" and "their"? One of my native speaker friends told me it's appropriate to use "their for the context.

    Now I'm confused because the teacher directly speak to his students in the context. (e.g. "every" denotes third person plural "you") So I think it should be "your" not "their.

    Can please corret me if I'm wrong?

    Thank you millions in advance

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    Default Re: I have a question for the choice of pronoun in the sentence with "every"

    Quote Originally Posted by Eureka View Post
    Hi! I have a question for the choice of pronoun in the sentence with "every"

    Ex) Everyone knows he is a genius although they don't like him.

    As far as I'm concerned, all the phrases with "every" are used in singular form, even though they have plural meaning. I think the plural meaning of "every" can be realized in its pronoun use as shown above.

    However, if teacher says "Did everyon bring ______ textbooks?" in class, then what pronoun can be put in the blank between "your" and "their"? One of my native speaker friends told me it's appropriate to use "their for the context.

    Now I'm confused because the teacher directly speak to his students in the context. (e.g. "every" denotes third person plural "you") So I think it should be "your" not "their.

    Can please corret me if I'm wrong?

    Thank you millions in advance
    Hi,
    Your teacher meant to say "everyone of you"
    "Every" may be used for first and second person as well. The teacher may ask his class "Is everyone(of you) fine?" A student may ask his or her classmate " Is everyone (of us) present?"

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    Default Re: I have a question for the choice of pronoun in the sentence with "every"

    Quote Originally Posted by Eureka View Post
    Hi! I have a question for the choice of pronoun in the sentence with "every"

    Ex) Everyone knows he is a genius although they don't like him.

    As far as I'm concerned, all the phrases with "every" are used in singular form, even though they have plural meaning. I think the plural meaning of "every" can be realized in its pronoun use as shown above.

    However, if teacher says "Did everyon bring ______ textbooks?" in class, then what pronoun can be put in the blank between "your" and "their"? One of my native speaker friends told me it's appropriate to use "their for the context.

    Now I'm confused because the teacher directly speak to his students in the context. (e.g. "every" denotes third person plural "you") So I think it should be "your" not "their.

    Can please corret me if I'm wrong?

    Thank you millions in advance
    Each of your examples could be used in speaking directly to the students but depending on context, "....your textbooks?" could be used as such i.e. speaking directly and ".........their textbooks?" would more appropriately be used in directing the question to another person about the students.

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    Default Re: I have a question for the choice of pronoun in the sentence with "every"

    The meaning is not really plural, it means each individual one, or all cases of single examples.

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