spot the error in this sentence
Everybody should carry his/her own luggages
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(1) "luggages" should be "luggage". Luggage is a collective or mass noun and does not take a separate plural form.
(2) "his/her" is stylistically a poor choice for avoiding sexist language. A better choice would be to make the subject plural so the plural pronoun "their" can be used. All passengers should carry their own luggage.
(3) Although most references say everyone and everybody are synonymous and can be used interchangeably, there is a subtle difference. The best choice for this sentence is everyone. Everybody is best used when speaking of a collective group acting as a single body. Everyone is best used when speaking of (or to) all individuals within a group -- each one.
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|link||answered Oct 11 '12 at 16:58 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow|
Luggage is a non-countable noun; it has no plural inflection.
Everyone should carry their own luggage.
Note the use of the third-person, gender-neutral singular. This is one accepted way of avoiding ugly constructions such as his/her, he/she, (s)he, him/her, him or her, his or her, he or she, etc. The other way (and the best way) is to rephrase the sentence:
People should carry their own luggage.
|link||answered Oct 11 '12 at 17:01 Peter Guess Expert|
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