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    Difference between "pay it fees" and "pay their/his/her fees"

    Hello,

    I need some help with the following sentences:

    This decision affects student rights to pay it fees.

    This decision affects student rights to pay its fees.

    This decision affects student rights to pay her fees.

    This decision affects student rights to pay his fees.

    As far as I know "her" or "his" is in use when it comes to specific gender e.g. male or female and here it is clear these are correct.

    The first and the second sentence, I think both are correct, but what is the difference in terms of sentence construction. I know "its" or "it" may be used to thing or person.

    An example: This(it) is student - in general when we speak about person without identification of its gender, could it be student pay it or its fees?

    As far as I've been told by my old teacher its is acceptable, but would hear your opinion if "it" and "its" both are correct and interchangeable here?

    I know it is simple question, but for a teacher will be easier to explain in terms of English grammar.

    I will appreciate any comments.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Difference between "pay it fees" and "pay their/his/her fees"

    You've used "students" so you can use "their".

    This decision affects students' ​rights to pay their fees.

    We don't use "it" when referring to people even if we don't know the sex.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Difference between "pay it fees" and "pay their/his/her fees"

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    You've used "students" so you can use "their".

    This decision affects students' ​rights to pay their fees.

    We don't use "it" when referring to people even if we don't know the sex.

    Hi,

    I used "student rights" as it seems to be it is widely in use (if you google it it's even in newspapers). I know it may also be student's rights as one person can have many rights. That's why I am talking about single person , not about many people. For many people it's clear it is "their".

    I have also seen some examples of use ...they pay it fees, even in newspaper articles and it gives me some confusion about use of proper English here, so that's why I asked if this is acceptable.

    As far as I understand now those examples from google or even newspapers with it or its are grammatically incorrect. Thanks.

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