Re: His/Her v. Their

Subject: Re: His/Her v. Their
From: Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: Becca <becca -at- di -dot- org>
Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2012 08:40:36 -0700

I'd go with "their" IF - and this is a really big iif - you can frame the
entire statement as plural, i.e., "users enter their IDs." If you can't
avoid making it singular, I'd use his/her, i.e., "the user enters his/her

Seeing things like "the user enters their ID" over and over again gives me
this annoying itch to mark down someone's performance appraisal.

Gene Kim-Eng

On Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 7:08 AM, Becca <becca_price -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote:

> Some documents I'm editing of necessity give procedures in third person
> rather than the assumed (you) second person. There's no way around this.
> In the document I'm editing, they use His/Her. My inclination is to use
> "their" - comments?
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