i dont get the mistake. whats wronge with it.
I'm leaving grade 8.Every one has received their report card.
Eighth should be the adjective describing the object "grade", not the other way around.
"I'm leaving the eighth grade."
"Everyone" is a one-word indefinite pronoun.
Finally, most people make this mistake (even incredibly intelligent people), but listen very carefully to me:
"Everyone" is singular.
Even if you said "Every one", it would be singular.
You know it is singular:
Everyone has received.
Why didn't you say "have" received?
Because you know it is singular.
Why did you use the plural pronoun "their" to rename the singular antecedent "Everyone"?
Because people do not know what to do with a singular pronoun when they don't know the gender of its antecedent when referring to a person; all they know is that they can't call people "its".
"Everyone has received their report card." IS INCORRECT AND I DO NOT CARE HOW SMART YOU ARE OR HOW RIGHT IT SOUNDS TO YOU; it is WRONG.
"Everyone has received his or her report card."
If you are being more informal, even just assuming a male or female generic would be MORE appropriate than using a plural pronoun with a singular antecedent:
"Everyone has received her report card."
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