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    Is this sentence correct ?

    Is this sentence below correct ?

    "The average age of a bishop is 68 and each bishop has an average of 81 priests in their charge."

    (Source: romereports.com/palio/Number-of-catholics-and-priests-are-on-the-rise-english-3589.html]Number of catholics and priests are on the rise[/url])

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    There is only one bishop, but each bishop means: them ?
    because.........in their

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    Re: Is this sentence correct ?

    Quote Originally Posted by tomas390 View Post
    "The average age of a bishop is 68 and each bishop has an average of 81 priests in their charge." I'd use 'bishops' instead of 'a bishop', but that is probably a little picky.
    There is only one bishop, but each bishop means: them ?
    because.........in their
    For those sects that have only male bishops, 'their' is ugly - it should be 'his'.

    For those sects that have both male and female bishops, 'their' is acceptable - it avoids the awkward 'his/her'

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    Re: Is this sentence correct ?

    Quote Originally Posted by tomas390 View Post
    Is this sentence below correct ?

    "The average age of a bishop is 68 and each bishop has an average of 81 priests in their charge."

    (Source: romereports.com/palio/Number-of-catholics-and-priests-are-on-the-rise-english-3589.html]Number of catholics and priests are on the rise[/url])

    The question is:
    There is only one bishop, but each bishop means: them ?
    because.........in their
    "Their" is often used so as not to assume the gender of the person referred to.
    In this case, as all priests and bishops in the Roman Catholic Church are male, "...in his charge" could have been used.

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    Re: Is this sentence correct ?

    Too late again!

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    Re: Is this sentence correct ?

    It's the vitamin supplements.

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    Re: Is this sentence correct ?

    thanks

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