improper use of, and agreement of, pronoun

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There are other mantal emotions, such as mood swigs, fear of being alone, anxiousness, and anger because one feels theor parents left them behind.

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There are other mental emotions, such as mood swings, fear of being alone, anxiousness, and anger because one feels their parents left them behind.
asked Mar 06 '13 at 07:49 Deborah Mercer New member

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There have been some debates here about using a plural pronoun, such as their, with a singular antecedent. It is acceptable in most modern uses, and it can be difficult to make them agree every time. I prefer them to agree if it is easy and doesn't make an awkward sentence. It can be done in this sentence by replacing 'one' with 'people' or 'some people' and doesn't change the meaning. I would also remove 'mental'. By definition, emotions are mental so its use is redundant. 'Anxiety' is more commonly used than 'anxiousness', but I just looked it up, and 'anxiousness' may have more use in psychology.

 

There are other emotions, such as mood swings, fear of being alone, anxiousness, and anger because some people feel their parents left them behind.

link comment answered Mar 06 '13 at 11:00 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow
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Perhaps "emotions" is not the word you are looking for. A mood swing is not an emotion. Rather, it is the sudden shift from one emotion to another. Is only anger associated with the feeling of abandonment, or did you intend for everything on the list to be explained by that?

When feeling abandoned by a parent, one can experience mood swings, fear of being alone, anxiety, and anger.

link comment edited Mar 06 '13 at 12:48 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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