How could I change the sentence so that I have pronoun agreement?
Neither therapist blamed the client for their issues, but saw their presenting issues as being related to societal worldviews that tend to marginalize and oppress the client.
In your sentence, the plural pronoun "their" is linked to the singular object "client". But you are trying to be gender neutral and avoid saying "he" or "she". Although it is becoming a common usage, this sort of pronoun disagreement is discouraged in forma American English -- it is becoming more accepted in Canada. I personally dislike the usage because, as in your sentence, it can confuse the reader. As written, your sentence implies that the therapists have issues that have not been caused by their mutual client. It does not suggest that the issues belong to the client. Although there are often ways to write around the need to use any pronoun, I don't see a good one here. You may have use a gender specific pronoun here. Because you seem to be talking about a specific client, it would be considered sexist to use the actual appropriate pronoun for that client.
|link||answered Nov 12 '13 at 19:12 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow|
Hero of the day
Person voted on the most questions.