RE: His/Her v. Their

Subject: RE: His/Her v. Their
From: "Porrello, Leonard" <lporrello -at- illumina -dot- com>
To: Lauren <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2012 21:06:24 +0000

Nice. Your rewrites instruct and delight. I "lay down my sword." I was really having hard time seeing how to rewrite those sentences. For the record, I support writing in a gender neutral manner whenever possible.

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Subject: Re: His/Her v. Their

On 10/26/2012 1:11 PM, Porrello, Leonard wrote:
> Show me how you would rewrite the following sentences so that your revisions are equally grammatically correct, grammatically complete, and as strait forward as the original:
>
> -A good student always does his homework.
> -If someone asks you for help, give it to him.
> -When a customer argues, always agree with him.
> -A secretary should keep his temper in check.
> -A janitor should respect her employers.
> -Every plumber has her own tools.
> -A nurse should always be kind to his patients.

I love quizzes, can I play? All of the examples can be easily by pluralizing the entire phrase.

-Good students always do their homework.
-Give people help when they ask.
-Always agree with argumentative customers.

...etc.

These examples do not present cases where a pronoun is necessary, let alone where it may be necessary to use a plural pronoun to refer to a singular person.

How about this example?

When creating a new user account, enter [his/her | their | the] personal information in the correct fields.

I would choose "the user's" for a reference in place of the pronouns or evasive, "the."



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Follow-Ups:

References:
His/Her v. Their: From: Becca
RE: His/Her v. Their: From: Ben Davies
RE: His/Her v. Their: From: Porrello, Leonard
RE: His/Her v. Their: From: Ben Davies
RE: His/Her v. Their: From: Porrello, Leonard
Re: His/Her v. Their: From: Lauren

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