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    his or its

    Hello,

    could you please tell me whether it is better to use "his" or "its" in contracts, e.g.:

    The supplier gives his/its written consent ....

    My google search suggests that "its" is more frequently used. Maybe it is because we donīt know whether the supplier is a man or a woman or a company...

    Thank you very much.

    Hanka


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    Re: his or its

    I think his is right. Possessive pronoun its is referred to animals and inanimate things

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    Re: his or its

    Quote Originally Posted by Hanka
    My google search suggests that "its" is more frequently used. Maybe it is because we donīt know whether the supplier is a man or a woman or a company...
    You are right.If a company, you are to use "its" and "his" if the supplier is a man.


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    But it is a bit strange to use "it" or "its" when referring to a supplier etc., although it is a company. A company is always represented by someone. Is it then correct both "it" and "he"?

    Thank you.

    Hanka


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    Re: his or its

    Quote Originally Posted by Hanka View Post
    Hello,
    could you please tell me whether it is better to use "his" or "its" in contracts, e.g.:
    The supplier gives his/its written consent ....
    My google search suggests that "its" is more frequently used. Maybe it is because we donīt know whether the supplier is a man or a woman or a company...
    Thank you very much.
    Hanka
    If you're concerned / If you were concerned about people feelings then it would be best to find out if there is a certain person responsible for that and then you might make use of his/her.

    Or use, "The supplier, ABC Company, gives its written consent ...".

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