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    #1

    Each one of us is doing our/one's/his duty.

    In the given sentence which is right out of one's,his and our:-
    Each one of us is doing our/one's/his duty.

    Please reply with a little explanation.

    Thanks in advance.

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    #2

    Re: Each one of us is doing our/one's/his duty.

    'Each of us is doing his/her duty.'
    I use 'his/her' because it applies to both genders.

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    #3

    Re: Each one of us is doing our/one's/his duty.

    I agree with Matthew, but we also have to accept the gender neutral 'their duty' as being correct.

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    Re: Each one of us is doing our/one's/his duty.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I agree with Matthew, but we also have to accept the gender neutral 'their duty' as being correct.
    Each one being a singular noun should take a singular pronoun,shouldnt it ?
    "their" is plural

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    Re: Each one of us is doing our/one's/his duty.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sahil Dhankhar View Post
    Each one being a singular noun should take a singular pronoun,shouldnt it ?
    "their" is plural
    Correct, but usage is shifting to avoid the clumsy "his/her" and to avoid using "his" and seeming to exclude women.

    50 years ago the answer would have been "his" full stop, end of story. Now, it is not so clear. Many use the plural nowadays even if not correct by historical, traditional grammar.

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    Re: Each one of us is doing our/one's/his duty.

    Click here and start reading from the fifth thread down.

    You can always avoid the problem:

    'We are all doing our duty'.


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    Last edited by Rover_KE; 03-Oct-2014 at 22:39.

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    #7

    Re: Each one of us is doing our/one's/his duty.

    1. Each one is doing one's duty.
    2. No one is doing one's duty.
    Can 'one's' be used? Should it be replaced with 'his/her'?

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    #8

    Re: Each one of us is doing our/one's/his duty.

    None of the four options is colloquial.

    Most native speakers would say

    1. They are all doing their duty.

    2. No one is doing their duty.

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    Re: Each one of us is doing our/one's/his duty.

    Dear Rover_KE and other members,

    According to the book that I am reading nowadays, in the "pronouns" section, following example was given.
    :-Each one of us is doing one's duty.
    So I was confused between "his" and "one's" and that is why I raised this question.

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    #10

    Re: Each one of us is doing our/one's/his duty.

    I am not a teacher.

    'Each one of us is doing one's duty' is very unnatural, and I would never use 'one's' in this way. In this example the subject isn't 'one' but 'each one of us'.

    If 'one' is the subject of the sentence it would work in something like, 'One should always strive to do one's duty'.

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