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    #1

    plural gender-neutral pronoun referent for an impersonal antecedent

    Which of the following are correct standard English? -

    (1) Someone who enters a church should remove their hat/hats.

    (2) Everyone who enters a church should remove their hat/hats.

    (3) Upon entering a church, someone should remove their hat/hats.

    (4) Upon entering a church, everyone should remove their hat/hats.

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    #2

    Re: plural gender-neutral pronoun referent for an impersonal antecedent

    1&3- I'd use the singular
    2&4 Again I'd use the singular, but in British English, where we worry less than the Americans about singular and plural, the plural would be fine.


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    #3

    Re: plural gender-neutral pronoun referent for an impersonal antecedent

    Since both everyone and someone are singular, I think the pronoun should be his.

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