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    How to avoid "political correctness"

    "10 Downing Street has ... become established as the official residence of the Prime Minister (in his or her capacity as First Lord of the Treasury)."

    If we learners wish to avoid the politically correct "his or her," yet refrain from the politically incorrect "his," how could we rephrase this sentence?


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    Re: How to avoid "political correctness"

    Their is becoming increasingly accepted.

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    #3

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    in the latter's capacity

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    #4

    Re: How to avoid "political correctness"

    ...official residence of the Prime Minister, who also serves as First Lord of the Treasury.

    That avoids the structure completely.

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    Re: How to avoid "political correctness"

    Thank you very much, Moderator 5jj and Teachers Bennevis and Emsr, for your very helpful suggestions.

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    #6

    Re: How to avoid "political correctness"

    . . . and don't ask why Margaret Thatcher wasn't called the 'First Lady of the Treasury' if they're so keen on PC.

    (Just call me 'Rover', Parser.)

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    Re: How to avoid "political correctness"

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    . . . and don't ask why Margaret Thatcher wasn't called the 'First Lady of the Treasury' if they're so keen on PC.
    Perhaps we'd better ask her boss, one of whose official titles is Duke of Normandy.
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    Re: How to avoid "political correctness"

    [QUOTE=Rover_KE;826277]



    Just call me 'Rover', Parser.

    Thank you very much, Teacher Rover, for your comment regarding Lady Thatcher and your kind invitation to address you without a title. I was taught to show respect to my superiors and I am too old to change.
    Last edited by TheParser; 26-Nov-2011 at 13:49.

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    #9

    Re: How to avoid "political correctness"

    Done
    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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    Re: How to avoid "political correctness"

    That's the second time recently I've been forced to say "Goodness me" on this forum. I think I'll take a short break so I can retain my healthy sense of humour and sarcasm.

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