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  1. Ferdie11's Avatar
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    Somebody and their

    Hi guys,

    Can you please tell me why this sentence is correct, using pronouns: theirs (plural) for somebody (singular).

    If you want any, somebody's gonna have to barf theirs up because it's all gone.

    Thank you.

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    Re: Somebody and their

    Its because for this context , somebody is referring to more than one person

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    Re: Somebody and their

    I don't think this is probably the explanation. It has become quite usual in English to use they / them / their to refer to a singular entity. One reason for its popularity is to avoid having to choose between "he" and "she".

    From the point of view of prescriptive grammar, some people consider this "bad English". Nonetheless it is in common use.


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