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    its, his, her.

    Hello everyone.

    I'm a little bit confused:

    "A student wants to start learn its subjects"

    Is it correct usage "its" in the sentence above?

    What a rule I need to use, when I don't know about object's sex?

    Thanks.
    If I have made any mistakes, please tell me about them. I need to improve my English anyway and I hope you'll help me.

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    Re: its, his, her.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nicklexoxo View Post
    Hello everyone.

    I'm a little bit confused:

    "A student wants to start learn its subjects"

    Is it correct usage "its" in the sentence above?

    What a rule I need to use, when I don't know about object's sex?

    Thanks.
    I would not use "its" for a student. In your case, you can just change the possessive to an article.

    In other cases, you can phrase the sentence in the plural to avoid the problem, You can also use his/her if you don't need to repeat that too often.

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