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    Default If one wants to be healthy, one / he must exercise regularly and eat healthy food."

    I was taught that in BrE, when 'one' is used the other pronoun/s should also be 'one', and in AmE, the second and subsequent pronouns should be 'he'.

    Do British native speakers follow this rule?

    For example, "If one wants to be healthy, one must exercise regularly and eat healthy food." (BrE)
    In AmE, "If one wants to be healthy, he must exercise regularly and eat healthy food."

    Thanks.
    Last edited by Tan Elaine; 08-Jul-2012 at 15:01.

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    Default Re: If one wants to be health, one / he must exercise regularly and eat healthy food.

    This BE speaker follows the one-one version.

    When our American friends wake up later I'm guessing they'll choke on their Cheerios at the idea of following one with he.

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    Default Re: If one wants to be health, one / he must exercise regularly and eat healthy food.

    If one uses 'one' in BrE, one is consistent, and follows through wih one, one's, and oneself. However, one runs the risk of sounding somewhat old-fashioned/formal.

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    Default Re: If one wants to be health, one / he must exercise regularly and eat healthy food.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    When our American friends wake up later I'm guessing they'll choke on their Cheerios at the idea of following one with he.
    One AmE speaker did use one...his in a recent thread.

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    Default Re: If one wants to be health, one / he must exercise regularly and eat healthy food.

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    If one uses 'one' in BrE, one is consistent, and follows through wih one, one's, and oneself. However, one runs the risk of sounding somewhat old-fashioned/formal.
    Thanks, 5jj.

    If 'one' version is old-fashioned, does it mean we should use the AmE style?

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    Default Re: If one wants to be health, one / he must exercise regularly and eat healthy food.

    I would not use one/he.

    A person/he or she
    A person/they
    People/they
    One/one
    Impersonal you/you


    I'd be most likely to use people/they or you/you.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: If one wants to be health, one / he must exercise regularly and eat healthy food.

    Ah, but we're taught one's is not correct usage...

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    One AmE speaker did use one...his in a recent thread.

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    Default Re: If one wants to be health, one / he must exercise regularly and eat healthy food.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    If 'one' version is old-fashioned, does it mean we should use the AmE style?
    No. Do what most people do and use 'you'. See also post #6

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