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    Use of plural pronouns for collective nouns

    Which of these sentences is best/correct?
    • The supplier shall be liable for any loss or damage of items delivered to them by us
    • The supplier shall be liable for any loss or damage of items delivered to him by us
    • The supplier shall be liable for any loss or damage of items delivered to him or her by us

    Would there be a better way to formulate this idea?

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    Re: Use of plural pronouns for collective nouns

    I am confused. The "supplier" sends items to the consumer/recipient. Your sentences suggest that the supplier is receiving items sent by "us".

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    Re: Use of plural pronouns for collective nouns

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Greyowl:

    I think that you want to write a legal-sounding sentence. Am I right?

    I am definitely NOT a lawyer, but I believe that a legal-sounding sentence would NOT usually include pronouns such as "him," "her," or "them."

    You might write something (something!) like: The supplier shall be liable for any loss or damage of items that are delivered to the purchaser.

    NOTES:

    1. I assume that when you say "by us," you are referring to "the supplier." As you know, the word "supplier" is singular, so it would not be grammatically correct to refer back to the supplier with the pronoun "us." As soon as I read your sentences, I assumed that they meant something (something!) like: "We the supplier shall be liable for any loss or damage of items that are delivered to a customer by us, the supplier." Am I right?

    *****

    2. By the way, if you wish to refer to "a customer," then:

    a. If your customers include men and women, the pronoun "him" is no longer acceptable.
    b. I feel that "him or her" is too wordy (and ugly).
    c. The pronoun that is now considered correct is them.



    James
    Last edited by TheParser; 29-Jan-2015 at 22:50. Reason: numbering

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