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    singular noun and every

    Hello,

    -Each person must know how to live by themselves.

    -Each person must know how to live by himself or herself.

    -Every person wanted to escape from school ,but they must know it is a bad thing.

    -Every person wanted to escape from school ,but he or she must know it is a bad thing.

    Please help me because we know that we have to put a singular noun/pronoun after 'every, each,..etc, but I can't know whether I must write 'they or it/she/he' or not.

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    Re: singular noun and every

    In these sentences," they "sounds more natural because it is non-sexist;it is the new way to avoid the awkwardness of saying He or she. The verb is always sigular,though.

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    Re: singular noun and every

    But I think when saying 'each person', we must say 'he / she'. Because 'each' shows one person, is that right?

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    Re: singular noun and every

    There's a case for using the recently coined themself.

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    Re: singular noun and every

    Quote Originally Posted by paul.moss View Post
    In these sentences," they "sounds more natural because it is non-sexist;it is the new way to avoid the awkwardness of saying He or she. The verb is always singular,though.
    No it isn't. "Everybody likes to think that they is are intelligent."

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    Re: singular noun and every

    Quote Originally Posted by ridvann View Post
    But I think when saying 'each person', we must say 'he / she'. Because 'each' shows one person, is that right?
    That used to be so. Nowadays, as paul.moss suggested, 'they' is becoming increasingly accepted.

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    Re: singular noun and every

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    No it isn't. "Everybody likes to think that they is are intelligent."
    I meant the verb that has to agree with each..... or every......., in this example, like.Thanks for removing the ambiguity,though.

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