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    we are each...his own

    1. We each are accountable for our own families.
    2. We are each responsible for his own family.

    The above sentences come from the chapter of concord of a grammar book written by a Chinese professor of English. Sentence 2 sounds odd to me. I'd like to know if native speakers would say such things.

    Thank you in advance.
    Last edited by joham; 09-May-2008 at 14:13. Reason: a typo.

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    Smile Re: we are each...his own

    Joham. You're right that the second option does not sound right. Obviously, 'we' and 'his' does not match, where as 'we' and 'our' does. But also to use 'his' rather points to male led families. As you can imagine, there are some families which are led by women (some would argue that they are in fact better led!)

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    #3

    Re: we are each...his own

    johamwe are each...his own
    1. We each are accountable for our own families.
    2. We are each responsible for his own family.


    I don't think the first one is good either. Can any native speakers rewrite a sentence without changing original meaning? please.

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    Re: we are each...his own

    Quote Originally Posted by puzzle View Post
    Can any native speakers rewrite a sentence without changing original meaning? please.
    Ex: Each of us is accountable for our own families.



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    #5

    Re: we are each...his own

    Each of us is accountable for its own family.

    Is this ok?

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    #6

    Re: we are each...his own

    ...for its own family.

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    #7

    Re: we are each...his own

    Each person is accountable for its own family.

    How about this?

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    #8

    Re: we are each...his own

    Quote Originally Posted by puzzle View Post
    Each person is accountable for its own family.

    How about this?
    Hi,
    You can't use "it" for a person.

    "Each person is accountable for his/her own family".

    or

    "Each person is accountable for their own family".

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    bhaisahabRe: we are each...his own
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    Originally Posted by puzzle
    Each person is accountable for its own family.

    How about this?


    Hi,
    You can't use "it" for a person.

    "Each person is accountable for his/her own family".

    or

    "Each person is accountable for their own family".

    "their own family" ? Or, "their own families"? Please.

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