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    Thumbs up They have lost their job(s)

    I am wondering if I should use : 1)People have lost their jobs 2) people have lost their job . what's the difference between them? could anyone explain it to me in a clear way?

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    Re: They have lost their job(s)

    I would take "their job" to mean "a single job shared by all of them".

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    Re: They have lost their job(s)

    1 person 1 job
    2 people 2 jobs

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    Re: They have lost their job(s)

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    1 person 1 job
    2 people 2 jobs
    Maybe in an ideal world! Besides I think you could say either 'job' or 'jobs', and the context would make it clear.
    And if a company is downsizing, "Everyone is afraid they will lose their job" doesn't refer to only one potential job loss.

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    Re: They have lost their job(s)

    I am not a teacher.

    I get your point but I don't think it's a good example.

    "Everyone" is singular and the use of "their" is just a way of avoiding the his/hers dilemma without it actually being a plural.

    If a company is downsizing I would probably say, "All of the employees are afraid they will lose their jobs."

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    Re: They have lost their job(s)

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    "Everyone" is singular and the use of "their" is just a way of avoiding the his/hers dilemma without it actually being a plural.
    Exactly. Or to put it in a non-PC terms. "Everyone is afraid of losing his job", and in the context, this doesn't apply to the potential loss of only one job - hence my point that, as long as it's grammatical, the actual sentence doesn't matter much because the context is of more importance.

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    Re: They have lost their job(s)

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "Everyone is afraid of losing his job"
    Can "his" be replaced with "one's"?

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    Re: They have lost their job(s)

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Can "his" be replaced with "one's"?
    No.

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    #9

    Re: They have lost their job(s)

    "One must learn from one's [or his] mistakes" quoted from http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/one.htm
    Why can "one's" be used in this sentence but not in Raymott's sentence?
    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 29-Apr-2014 at 07:35.

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    #10

    Re: They have lost their job(s)

    In the first sentence "one's" refers back to "one". That is correct.

    In Raymott's sentence "one's" would be referring back to "everyone". That is not correct.

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