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    someone digs their way into somewhere

    Can we say that "someone digs their way into somewhere"? For example "Israel has installed security systems at their boarders. They have installed them underneath the ground so that terrorists cannot dig a tunnel from any adjoining country to enter Israel. They cannot dig their way in Israel."

    It got posted by mistake. I can't delete it sorry.

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    Re: someone digs their way into somewhere

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    Can we say that "someonepeople digs their way into somewhere"? For example "Israel has installed security systems at along their boarders borders. They have installed them underneath the ground underground so that terrorists cannot dig a tunnels from any adjoining country to enter Israel. They cannot dig their way into Israel."

    It got I posted this by mistake. I can't delete it, sorry.
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    someone digs their way - You still have not got the subject-verb agreement right.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: someone digs their way into somewhere

    How can you have posted such a long question by mistake?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: someone digs their way into somewhere

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    How can you have posted such a long question by mistake?
    Actually, I was going to post it on WR forums but I mistakenly posted it here. I had the pages of both the forums open on two different tabs. By mistake I must have clicked on the other tab on which UE page was open. While posting I paid attention towards what I was writing but forgot to check the name of the forum.

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    Re: someone digs their way into somewhere

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    someone digs their way - You still have not got the subject-verb agreement right.
    What is wrong with this? Someone is singular. Am I correct? We say "someone does something".

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    Re: someone digs their way into somewhere

    I have no issues with someone digs their way. Some people don't like the plural used here, but I think that not making it gender-specific and not using his/her works better.

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    Re: someone digs their way into somewhere

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    What is wrong with this? Someone is singular. Am I correct? We say "someone does something".
    Someone does something their way?
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: someone digs their way into somewhere

    Someone does something (in) their (own) way.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: someone digs their way into somewhere

    Can we have someone( singular) does something their(plural) way?
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: someone digs their way into somewhere

    'Their' means 'his' or 'her' when the gender of 'someone' is unknown.
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