possessive adjectives english
Which possessive adjective best works in the sentence below?
All brought (his,their) hymnals to choir practice.
I am not sure why people are thumbing down anyone.
I gave a very clear, and correct, response.
This is a question of pronoun-antecedent agreement.
The antecedent is "All"
The pronoun is "his or her" or "their" (you have to decide)
"All" is one of the indefinite pronouns that can either be singular or plural (it does not have a defined plurality).
In order to tell if it is singular or plural you look at what it is referring to.
In this case, it is referring to more than one person, so it is plural.
Contrary to what Patty said, some indefinite pronouns are ALWAYS singular--even IF they refer to more than one person.
"Everyone brought his or her hymnals to choir practice."
You are talking about more than one person, but it is still SINGULAR.
(Saying "their" would be wrong--even if it sounds correct to you.)
I don't care what Patty says or how many people thumb down the comment.
To answer this question with a correct grammatical lesson, you MUST discuss pronoun-antecedent agreement with indefinite pronouns.
If you don't believe me, then look it up, but do not thumb things down out of ignorance.
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