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    #1

    A method to avoid repeating "His or Her"

    Hi, lately, I've had some problems with substituting pronoun phrase "His or her". For example

    "A young person must try to achieve his or her goals".

    I want to know, is there a solution for this. I don't want to repeat this phrase permanently. Could you please introduce me an alternative?

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    #2

    Re: A method to avoid repeating "His or Her"

    Use "their".

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    #3

    Re: A method to avoid repeating "His or Her"

    Is it OK to say 'A young one must try to achieve one's goals'?

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    #4

    Re: A method to avoid repeating "His or Her"

    No, it's not.

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    #5

    Re: A method to avoid repeating "His or Her"

    It is very common these days to use the plural pronoun "their" as a singular to avoid the gender problem. If that bothers you, you can recast the sentence in the plural. "Young people must try to achieve their goals".

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    Re: A method to avoid repeating "His or Her"

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Is it OK to say 'A young one must try to achieve one's goals'?
    No. "One's" simply means "a person's". You can't use it in place of a personal pronoun.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: A method to avoid repeating "His or Her"

    'A young person must try to achieve one's goals.'

    Is it wrong too?

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    #8

    Re: A method to avoid repeating "His or Her"

    Yes.

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    #9

    Re: A method to avoid repeating "His or Her"

    Matthew, you could say "One must try to achieve one's goals." But that loses the part about being young.

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