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  1. Odessa Dawn's Avatar
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    "no one can impose its "

    " and no one can impose its decision on the people."
    1. (no one can impose its )

    2. (no one can impose their )

    Which one is natural, please?

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    Re: "no one can impose its "

    A person is never "its" (except tiny babies when you don't know their sex).

    No one can impose his - This was the old way to do it. Now it's considered sexist unless you are talking about a group of boys/men.
    No one can impose hers - This would be unusual unless you know you were talking about a girls/women.
    No one can impose his or her - This will make some people happy, but it is awkward if used repeatedly.
    No one can impose their - This is a very normal way to say it these says; the use of the plural pronoun as the gender-neutral choice for one person is common and well-accepted by almost everyone.
    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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