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Old 05-03-2008, 04:18 PM
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"To each his own" is grammatically correct. The pronoun 'his' is in this case gender neutral, making the change to 'her' unnecessary. It is incorrect to say "to each their own" because 'each' is singular and 'their' is plural.

One of my pet peeves.
Agreed about gender neutral, was just throwing it out for those who don't like gender neutralized.

And while "their" may be a pet peeve of yours (enjoy!), it's not incorrect:
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2.(used after an indefinite singular antecedent in place of the definite masculine form his or the definite feminine form her): Someone left their book on the table. Did everyone bring their lunch?
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Old 05-04-2008, 04:54 PM
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Agreed about gender neutral, was just throwing it out for those who don't like gender neutralized.

And while "their" may be a pet peeve of yours (enjoy!), it's not incorrect:


-- per dictionary.com, among other sources
It's still incorrect. 'Someone' is singular, 'everyone' is plural. Two different situations.

Popular culture has caused changes in dictionaries, but it doesn't mean they're grammatically correct. Pop culture is what it is, like it or not.
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Old 05-04-2008, 07:52 PM
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Sorry, I got my degree in English from UCLA, and "their" is correct. You don't have to use it of course. It is a gender neutral use replacing "his or her" in the example quote. Language is a living thing which grows and adapts all the time... unless you prefer ye olde dead languages.
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...unless you prefer ye olde dead languages.
I have to admit, my Ogham 'B' is kinda rusty - but colloquial Ogham 'A'..?



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Sorry, I got my degree in English from UCLA...
"'Anglish' is; German spoken with a French accent, and: French spoken with a Germaqn accent..."

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Sorry, I got my degree in English from UCLA, and "their" is correct. You don't have to use it of course. It is a gender neutral use replacing "his or her" in the example quote. Language is a living thing which grows and adapts all the time... unless you prefer ye olde dead languages.
My best freind who is an English instructor agrees with you.
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Just curious, but when exactly were these experts educated? You might have just made my point.
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Just curious, but when exactly were these experts educated? You might have just made my point.
Washinton State University is where he got his.
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Washinton State University is where he got his.
That takes care of the where, so how about the when?
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Old 05-05-2008, 03:39 PM
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Not sure I understand what you're getting at, but professors would have come from different eras of course.

If it helps, my colllece Webster's dictionary from 1991 lists "their" as correct usage which would predate the 'politically correct' movement of language change.
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I was educated in the 60s and 70s. The lexicon has apparently been altered by pop culture. That's what I was getting at.

You can say that I'm wrong but I stand by my original statement, because that's the way I was taught.
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