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    Cool Why 'their'?

    Hi,

    In the following passage:

    'No veteran who has served and risked their life ... should have to worry about their personal safety.....'

    'Veteran' is singular, so why does the author use 'their' instead of 'his'?

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    #2

    Re: Why 'their'?

    Quote Originally Posted by bieasy View Post
    Hi,

    In the following passage:

    'No veteran who has served and risked their life ... should have to worry about their personal safety.....'

    'Veteran' is singular, so why does the author use 'their' instead of 'his'?
    Hi bieasy,
    It's common to use 'their' with singular in English to allow for both genders.

    Singular they - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    #3

    Re: Why 'their'?

    Quote Originally Posted by bieasy View Post
    Hi,

    In the following passage:

    'No veteran who has served and risked their life ... should have to worry about their personal safety.....'

    'Veteran' is singular, so why does the author use 'their' instead of 'his'?

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    Hello, Bieasy.

    (1) When I was younger, English speakers would use his in your

    sentence because for a long time his referred to both genders.

    (2) Then in the 1960's, many groups in the United States expressed

    dissatisfaction with their treatment.

    (a) Many women resented the pronouns he, his, him being used to

    refer to women.

    (i) As a result, many people now have decided to use their as a pronoun

    to please both genders.

    (a) If you are not comfortable with their (I personally am not), you

    may use:

    his or her

    she or he (instead of they)

    s/he

    Whenever possible, some people write a sentence so that it is not

    necessary to use a personal pronoun or they make the noun plural

    in order to match their.

    Thank you

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    Re: Why 'their'?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ********** NOT A TEACHER **********

    Hello, Bieasy.

    (1) When I was younger, English speakers would use his in your

    sentence because for a long time his referred to both genders.

    (2) Then in the 1960's, many groups in the United States expressed

    dissatisfaction with their treatment.

    (a) Many women resented the pronouns he, his, him being used to

    refer to women.

    (i) As a result, many people now have decided to use their as a pronoun

    to please both genders.

    (a) If you are not comfortable with their (I personally am not), you

    may use:

    his or her

    she or he (instead of they)

    s/he

    Whenever possible, some people write a sentence so that it is not

    necessary to use a personal pronoun or they make the noun plural

    in order to match their.

    Thank you
    Thank you Theparter!

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    Re: Why 'their'?

    The use of their is very widespread in British English and I use it and the only people who have complained about our using it on the site have been AmE speakers. I think that BrE is generally more relaxed about singular and plural issues.

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    #6

    Re: Why 'their'?

    Yes, I have studied that plural "they or their" is used in singular in order to avoid gender distinction like in "Someone's forgotten their bag"

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