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    Is there a mistake?

    I'm studying "Critical Discourse Analysis"...this morning we were dealing with one of Obama's speeches and the teaher said there were two grammar mistakes..actually I didn't agree with my teacher and i want your assistance in this

    So please answer only if you're sure about it.

    1- A nation where no one is left behind and everyone has a chance to achieve their dreams. (The teacher said the use of their is probably incorrect.What do u think?) ---I think their stands for both (his/her).

    2-I'll take on the credit card companies who are profiting by... (what do you think of the use of "who" here. Can it be used to refer to the people working in these companies? Can there exist another explanation? or it's simply wrong.

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    Re: Is there a mistake?

    1- Their is o.k. but you could use his/her
    2. Credit card companies which are profiting..........

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    Re: Is there a mistake?

    1. The use of "their" as a singular, third-person pronoun has long been established. There are still some people who insist it's wrong. (I was among them a few years ago, but I have seen the light.) This is not an error.

    2. In the US, we frequently refer to companies with the pronoun "who," thinking of the individuals who run the corporations or own the corporation as the people we mean.
    Last edited by Barb_D; 01-Dec-2008 at 19:49. Reason: Fixed "corporate" to be "corporation"

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    Re: Is there a mistake?

    2. In the US, we frequently refer to companies with the pronoun "who," thinking of the individuals who run the corporations or own the corporate as the people we mean.

    In the UK as well. I agree with Barb_D.

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    Re: Is there a mistake?

    Quote Originally Posted by aous02 View Post

    2-I'll take on the credit card companies who are profiting by... (what do you think of the use of "who" here. Can it be used to refer to the people working in these companies? Can there exist another explanation? or it's simply wrong.
    I much prefer "that are profiting".

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    Re: Is there a mistake?

    Thank you guys.your answers were clear and succinctly put.

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    Re: Is there a mistake?

    As I learned on this very forum not 10 days ago, if the subect is one (everyone), then you need to remain consistant with that form. So, Mr Obama should have said, "achieve one's dreams."

    He would then have been correct.

    And he might well have lost the election if he used language as elitist as that. It may be right, but nobody says it that way and hopes to be elected President of the United Stattes.

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    Re: Is there a mistake?

    Quote Originally Posted by Searching for language View Post
    1- Their is o.k. but you could use his/her
    2. Credit card companies which are profiting..........
    Both these suggestions are wrong, I'm afraid.

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