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    #1

    their or your

    The teacher turned to the class and said: “Everybody who brings lunch, put it on their desk.”

    I think this is an imperative sentence. So I think the bold word "their" should be replaced by "your".

    Am I right?

    Jason

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    #2

    Re: their or your

    It's an odd mixture.

    Everyone who brought their lunch today should put in on their desk.
    If you brought lunch today, put it on your desk.
    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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    #3

    Re: their or your

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    The teacher turned to the class and said: “Everybody who brings lunch, put it on their desk.”

    I think this is an imperative sentence. So I think the bold word "their" should be replaced by "your".
    I doubt if people who like to think of themselves as careful speakers would say this, but this kind of third-person imperative is not uncommon.

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    #4

    Re: their or your

    Is "Everybody who brings lunch, put it on your desk" right in the context of ordering a class of students?
    Attention: there is a comma after lunch.


    Thanks!

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    #5

    Re: their or your

    That sounds good to me.

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