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    which is a correct choice?

    I am the kind of person who wouldn't go across the street to see somebody just because their(its) face was plastered all over th papers or the TV.

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    Re: which is a correct choice?

    Quote Originally Posted by sykim99 View Post
    I am the kind of person who wouldn't go across the street to see somebody just because their(its) face was plastered all over th papers or the TV.
    Would you normally refer to a person as "it"? Think about it.


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    Re: which is a correct choice?

    But pronoun "somebody" is normally treated a singular , so using "their" means "somebody" is regared as a prural here.

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    Re: which is a correct choice?

    Quote Originally Posted by sykim99 View Post
    But pronoun "somebody" is normally treated a singular , so using "their" means "somebody" is regared as a prural here.
    There have been other posts about this recently, but English does not have a non-gender-specific singular pronoun. We only have his/her. However, of course there are times when you do not wish to specify the gender, you don't know the gender, or you are talking about a non-specific person. In this case, we use "their" regardless of its normal usage as a plural. So:

    "....just because their face was plastered....." is correct.

    Other examples:

    A child doesn't have to go school just because their mum tells them to.
    An employee has to start work whenever their boss tells them to.
    I wouldn't buy a car from someone just because their sign said "Cheap & reliable".

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