Results 1 to 4 of 4
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Malaysia
      • Current Location:
      • Malaysia

    • Join Date: Dec 2006
    • Posts: 1,277
    #1

    Neither Peter nor Mary will do his or her/their work...

    Neither Peter nor Mary will do his or her work unless their mother sits at the table with them.
    Neither Peter nor Mary will do their work unless their mother sits at the table with them.

    Which is the correct sentence?

    Thanks.

  1. MikeNewYork's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 24,983
    #2

    Re: Neither Peter nor Mary will do his or her/their work...

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    Neither Peter nor Mary will do his or her work unless their mother sits at the table with them.
    Neither Peter nor Mary will do their work unless their mother sits at the table with them.

    Which is the correct sentence?

    Thanks.
    Since you use 'their" before "mother", you might as well use it before "work".

  2. Newbie
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Persian
      • Home Country:
      • Iran
      • Current Location:
      • Iran

    • Join Date: Nov 2013
    • Posts: 7
    #3

    Re: Neither Peter nor Mary will do his or her/their work...

    HI
    It is more customary to use "their" especially when you use "his or her" repetitively in a text.
    hm_48

  3. MikeNewYork's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 24,983
    #4

    Re: Neither Peter nor Mary will do his or her/their work...

    Quote Originally Posted by hm_48 View Post
    HI
    It is more customary to use "their" especially when you use "his or her" repetitively in a text.
    hm_48
    Yes. It is very common to use "their" as a gender-neutral pronoun, even in the singular.

Similar Threads

  1. to peter out
    By beachboy in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 06-Mar-2011, 20:15
  2. [Grammar] Peter's
    By Encolpius in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 02-Oct-2009, 17:55
  3. Replies: 3
    Last Post: 01-Mar-2009, 15:15
  4. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 28-Nov-2008, 13:16
  5. Peter Piper
    By blouen in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 12-Sep-2007, 10:19

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •