Each commitee oversees their specialized policy areras.

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Each committee oversees their specialized policy areas.
asked May 23 '11 at 03:51 Sherrita Watson New member

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The correct pronoun is "its," not "their."


A word like committee is a collective noun, which can be either singular or plural, depending on whether the emphasis is on the group as a whole or the individuals who just happened to be in the same group. Because you also used each, however, committee becomes singular; this is always the case when each (or every) is used. You actually knew this subconsciously, because you used the singular verb form on oversees.


Some examples of plural vs. singular form, with the implied subject in [___].


The committee [as a whole] was unanimous in its decision. (singular)

The committee [members] voiced their opinions about the event. (plural)

link comment answered May 23 '11 at 16:50 Collane Ramsey Expert

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