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    Everyone in our class apart from Bob

    Would you please correct the mistakes in my sentence. I am not sure if my sentence needs bracketing commas like this ",apart from Bob,"

    Everyone in our class apart from Bob had done homework.

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    Re: Everyone in our class apart from Bob

    I'd use them there.

    And in American English, we'd usually say "aside from Bob." And then you wouldn't need commas. (It would be clear that you weren't talking about classmates who were apart from Bob. You can be apart from others, and you can be aside others, but you can't be aside from others.)
    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: Everyone in our class apart from Bob

    Everyone in our class apart from Bob had done their homework.

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    Re: Everyone in our class apart from Bob

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Everyone in our class apart from Bob had done their homework.
    Without their, it sounds odd to me unless Bob had never done any homework ever, while the rest had submitted at least one piece over the period of time.

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    Re: Everyone in our class apart from Bob

    Tdol,

    I wanted to use "their" but I believed it would be grammatically incorrect to use "everyone" with "their ".

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    Re: Everyone in our class apart from Bob

    In our class, everyone apart from Bob had done their homework.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Everyone in our class apart from Bob

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    I wanted to use "their" but I believed it would be grammatically incorrect to use "everyone" with "their ".
    It has become increasingly accepted as more natural than 'his or her'.

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    Re: Everyone in our class apart from Bob

    You could say the homework.

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    Re: Everyone in our class apart from Bob

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    You could say the homework.
    You beat me to it. I was going to suggest the, too.

    Their
    doesn't work for me, but I know a lot of people like it. It's certainly understandable.
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    Re: Everyone in our class apart from Bob

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    Tdol,

    I wanted to use "their" but I believed it would be grammatically incorrect to use "everyone" with "their ".
    We tend to use non-gender specific pronouns where possible. I see no problem with everyone/their- I would be much less likely to use his/his or her in this sentence.

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