Student or Learner
Which is correct, him or them?
I don't want any of the guys on the team to think that I don't want to play with him/them.
The antecedent of 'X', with which 'X' has to agree in number and person, is 'any'.
The sense the OP's sentence conveys is 'any one' --> singularWhen used as a pronoun, any can take either a singular or plural verb, depending on how it is construed: Any of these books is suitable (that is, any one). But are any (that is, some) of them available?
guys = she? + he?
I think the extralinguistic context helps.
guys = some he --> him/them
guys = some she --> her/them
guys = some she + some he --> them/(him or her)
(them = gender neutral singular third person)
Last edited by Kondorosi; 18-Jan-2010 at 07:03.
Last edited by mxreader; 18-Jan-2010 at 07:16. Reason: because...
"I don't want to play with (him or her)/them," and that would be correct, provided your 'them' denotes the gender neutral singular pronoun. Plural pronoun is not correct, in my opinion, and the reasons I have already provided in words of one syllable in my first post in this thread.
And I wanted to draw the OP's attention to the the fact that even her is correct. (The plural is not. )
"Them" sounds better to me, but I think "him" is correct because "any" refers to a single person in my sentence, i.e., "I don't want a single guy on the team to think..."