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    impersonal "one"

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me which one of the following two sentences is wrong?

    One must mind one’s own business if one wishes to succeed.”

    One must mind his business if he wishes to succeed.”

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    V.
    Last edited by vil; 11-Aug-2008 at 15:33.

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    Re: impersonal "one"

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me which one of the following two sentences is wrong?

    One must mind one’s own business if one wishes be succeed.”

    One must mind his business if he wishes to succeed.”

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards

    V.
    Cheers, Vil

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    Re: impersonal "one"

    I would not use "One" and "he" in the same sentence. I would avoid "one" if at all possible - but whichever is used should remain consistent within the sentence. Start with "one" continue with "one"; start with "he", continue with "he/him/his".

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    Re: impersonal "one"

    Are you suggesting ''One must mind one’s own...''?

    Anyway, I'd rather say ''One must mind their own...''

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    Re: impersonal "one"

    Quote Originally Posted by IvanV View Post
    Are you suggesting ''One must mind one’s own...''?
    Well, it is, after all, perfectly good English. Personal pronouns, however, are much more preferred.

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    Re: impersonal "one"

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    Would you be kind enough to tell me which one of the following two sentences is wrong?

    Would you be kind enough to tell me which of the following sentences is wrong?

    One must mind one's own business if one wishes be succeed ... wishes to succeed.

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    Well, it is, after all, perfectly good English. Personal pronouns, however, are much more preferred.
    It is. But it's eecch, in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IvanV View Post
    It is. But it's eecch, in my opinion.
    Opinions keep this site going, that's for sure--even mine. Mind you, it's rather unusual to start off one's opinion with "Are you suggesting...?" as its intended meaning points itself in quite the opposite direction.

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    Opinions keep this site going, that's for sure--even mine. Mind you, it's rather unusual to start off one's opinion with "Are you suggesting...?" as its intended meaning points itself in quite the opposite direction.
    Absolutely, that was a little clumsy, as I was reading something (consult loose participles thread).
    Sorry Anglika!

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    Re: impersonal "one"

    Quote Originally Posted by IvanV View Post
    Absolutely, that was a little clumsy, as I was reading something (consult loose participles thread).
    Sorry Anglika!

    I.
    The "loose" participle thread is rather entertaining, isn't it?

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