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    #1

    Gay gets attracted to same sex people.

    "Gay are those people who get attracted to people who have the same sex as their" or "theirs". What should I be using here "their" or "theirs"?


    Please check.

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    #2

    Re: Gay gets attracted to same sex people.

    Gays are people attracted to those of the same sex.
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    #3

    Re: Gay gets attracted to same sex people.

    Gays are people who are attracted to those of their own sex.
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    #4

    Re: Gay gets attracted to same sex people.

    theirs

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    Last edited by Rover_KE; 06-Jun-2016 at 09:44. Reason: Adding 'Not a teacher'.

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    #5

    Re: Gay gets attracted to same sex people.

    smelvanzq, your answer to tufguy's question in post #1 is correct, but please read this extract from the forum's posting guidelines:


    You are welcome to answer questions posted in the Ask a Teacher forum as long as your suggestions, help, and advice reflect a good understanding of the English language. If you are not a teacher, you will need to state that clearly in your post.

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    #6

    Re: Gay gets attracted to same sex people.

    "People who have the same sex as theirs" does not sound natural to me.
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    #7

    Re: Gay gets attracted to same sex people.

    People of the same sex sounds more natural to me.

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    #8

    Re: Gay gets attracted to same sex people.

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    "Gays are those people who are attracted to people who have the same sex that they have.


    Please check.
    If you're going to set the sentence up that way (it's very wordy), then do it the way it's corrected above.

    If you have to use "their" for some reason, then say: ". . . who are attracted to people of their own sex."

    But the other folks are right. There are much more natural ways to say it.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Gay gets attracted to same sex people.

    Okay, "gays are those people who get attracted to the people who have the same sex that they have".


    "Gays get attracted to those of their own sex".

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    Re: Gay gets attracted to same sex people.

    I think gays are just attracted to males. Lesbians are attracted to females.
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