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    #1

    Everybody, every person -> his/her/its?

    Hello,
    I don't know what to use in these sentences:
    Every person has his own lifestyle.
    Everybody has his own lifestyle.


    his = male
    her = female
    its = thing

    Can we just use his for everybody and every person?
    That sounds a bit strange since not every person is male.

    P.S: I know we could just say: "... has an own lifestyle", but I want to know the other way, too.

    Cheers!

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    #2

    Re: Everybody, every person -> his/her/its?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello,
    I don't know what to use in these sentences:
    Every person has his own lifestyle.
    Everybody has his own lifestyle.


    his = male
    her = female
    its = thing

    Can we just use his for everybody and every person?
    That sounds a bit strange since not every person is male.

    P.S: I know we could just say: "... has an own lifestyle", but I want to know the other way, too.

    Cheers!
    Try, "Everyone has their own lifestyle".

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    #3

    Re: Everybody, every person -> his/her/its?

    Thanks, but I always thought "everyone" is singular.
    So I guess this is an exception

    Cheers!

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    #4

    Re: Everybody, every person -> his/her/its?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    I always thought "everyone" is singular.
    And it is.
    I think 'their' is just somewhat of a universal pronoun here, used specifically to solve this 'his/her' problem. It would be terrible if we would always have to use two words where one would perfectly suffice.

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    #5

    Re: Everybody, every person -> his/her/its?

    In another forum, I just got this link. I love it.

    Singular "their" in Jane Austen and elsewhere: Anti-pedantry page
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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