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    Everyone

    Shouldn't it have been "hands"?

    Everyone again raised their hand.

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    Re: Everyone

    No. The question is, shouldn't it have been a singular pronoun? [I]Their is plural; its referent everyone is singular.


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    Everyone raised a hand.[/quote]

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    Quote Originally Posted by spenser View Post
    Shouldn't it have been "hands"?

    Everyone again raised their hand.
    Even without the context, it is fine - each and every person raised one hand.
    If it was Everyone again raised their hands, that would mean each and every one raised both hands.


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    That's right, Engee, it's fine. 'everyone' takes a singular verb by convention but it is clear that the reference is to more than one.

    The site that Soup recommended could be aptly named "Brian's Errors". He just repeats these poorly thought out prescriptions; this is one that is being put to rest in informed language circles.
    Last edited by riverkid; 19-Sep-2007 at 00:09.

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    Re: Everyone

    Add me to the list of peole who have made the transition to finding it perfectly acceptable to use "their" for a singular reference when the sex isn't known or isn't important.

    [not a teacher, but a writer]

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    Re: Everyone

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    That's right, Engee, it's fine. 'everyone' takes a singular verb by convention but it is clear that the reference is to more than one.
    I believe the person wants to know whether the noun hand should be plural or singular. What are your thoughts on that? Do you think using plural hands in that context is grammatical or not?

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    Re: Everyone

    Absolutely. I think you can use either hand or hands, and the meaning is quite clear - each person raised one hand. (Context could tell you if each person raised both hands, in which case, obviously, only "hands" would work.)

    If you have a situation in which it's possible each person had one or more than one of something in a process, and you need to be clear that each person had only one, you have to do a little bit of rewriting.


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    I believe the person wants to know whether the noun hand should be plural or singular. What are your thoughts on that? Do you think using plural hands in that context is grammatical or not?
    You sure have a sneaky way of avoiding the issues, Soup. The question has been answered and the prescription has been suitably smacked down for the nonsense that it is.

    It's not at all helpful to suggest write arounds for something which is perfectly natural English.

    Your "repair", <Everyone raised a hand> goes against the tenets of good writing. It obscures instead of making things clearer.

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    Re: Everyone

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Absolutely. I think you can use either hand or hands, and the meaning is quite clear - each person raised one hand. (Context could tell you if each person raised both hands, in which case, obviously, only "hands" would work.)

    If you have a situation in which it's possible each person had one or more than one of something in a process, and you need to be clear that each person had only one, you have to do a little bit of rewriting.
    Now that's an answer that makes sense. I can see why you are a senior member.
    Last edited by Soup; 20-Sep-2007 at 14:54.

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