Sentence structure


What is wrong with the use of "everyone" in this sentence?

See example:

Everyone has their own version of adversity.
asked Dec 20 '13 at 16:48 Jarrod Brown New member

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'Everyone has' is a singular construction. This is followed by the plural pronoun 'their', and that is the problem. You could change 'their' to 'his or her', but this is awkward. An easier solution would be to use a plural subject to match with 'their'.


  All people  have their own version of adversity.

link answered Dec 20 '13 at 20:23 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

Some people just assign a generic singular gender as well: "Everyone has his own version of adversity." (if a male is speaking) "Everyone has her own version of adversity." (if a female is speaking). Both are more grammatically accurate than "their". + Neidhardt

Aaron PrejeanDec 20 '13 at 22:33

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