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    Person plural?

    Sorry for asking your help!
    I can't understand the following sentence : you can't judge a person's character from their appearance. Why was " their " instead of his/her used?
    If I wrote the sentence "all person ( without s) are free to express their opinion" would it be correct?
    many many thanks for your answer


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    Re: Person plural?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pencilcase View Post
    Sorry for asking your help!
    I can't understand the following sentence : you can't judge a person's character from their appearance. Why was " their " instead of his/her used?
    If I wrote the sentence "all person ( without s) are free to express their opinion" would it be correct?
    many many thanks for your answer
    Usage note:
    Long before the use of generic 'he' was condemned as sexist, the pronouns 'they', 'their', and 'them' were used in educated speech and in all but the most formal writing to refer to indefinite pronouns and to singular nouns of general personal reference, probably because such nouns are often not felt to be exclusively singular: If anyone calls, tell them I'll be back at six. Everyone began looking for their books at once. Such use is not a recent development, nor is it a mark of ignorance. Shakespeare, Swift, Shelley, Scott, and Dickens, as well as many other English and American writers, have used they and its forms to refer to singular antecedents. Already widespread in the language (though still rejected as ungrammatical by some), this use of they, their, and them is increasing in all but the most conservatively edited American English. This increased use is at least partly impelled by the desire to avoid the sexist implications of he as a pronoun of general reference.

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    Re: Person plural?

    thanks for your answer!
    My question was why diD they use the plural for "person" . Does the word "person" like " people" need the plural?

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    Re: Person plural?

    ...or perhaps it depends on what you have written, their instead of his/ her because it would sound sexist, otherwise...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pencilcase View Post
    ...or perhaps it depends on what you have written, their instead of his/ her because it would sound sexist, otherwise...
    maybe it is persons' character & not person's character ?

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    Re: Person plural?

    'THEIR" is naming convention. Do not treat the language to be logical construction.

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