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    Determiner his/the interchangeability

    Hello.

    Can we replace his with the in the following sentence without loosing the meaning?

    He left the hotel without paying his bill.

    I feel somehow that we can but I'm not sure about it.

    Thanks, Alex.

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    Re: Determiner his/the interchangeability

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    Can we replace his with the in the following sentence without loosing the meaning: He left the hotel without paying his bill?
    We can.

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    Re: Determiner his/the interchangeability

    Not a teacher

    If the gender of the subject is not determined, such as:

    The guest
    The customer
    The teacher

    Would it be better practice to use his or her to determine it?

    "The guest left the hotel without paying his/her bill?

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    Last edited by Mannysteps; 07-Jun-2011 at 15:47. Reason: Correction needed

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    Re: Determiner his/the interchangeability

    Quote Originally Posted by Mannysteps View Post
    If the gender of the subject is not determined, such as:

    The guest......The customer......The teacher

    Would it be better practice to use his or her to determine it?

    "The guest left the hotel without paying his/her bill?
    The person who uttered this would normally know the gender of the guest/customer/teacher. If the gender is unknown, the modern tendency is to use 'their'.

    "The guest left the hotel without paying their bill.

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