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# Firefighters should always secure one's safety gear

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Updated on: 05 May 2017, 02:42
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Firefighters should always secure one's safety gear before rushing into a fire.

1. one's safety gear
2. their safety gears
3. ones' safety gears
4. its safety gear
5. his/her safety gear

Originally posted by vahidkarimi on 28 Apr 2017, 12:49.
Last edited by abhimahna on 05 May 2017, 02:42, edited 1 time in total.
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01 May 2017, 08:35
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vahidkarimi wrote:
Hi guys,

could you please tell me which sentences are correct and why?
1. Firefighters should always secure one's safety gear before rushing into a fire.
2. Firefighters should always secure their safety gear before rushing into a fire.
3. Firefighters should always secure ones' safety gear before rushing into a fire.
4. Firefighters should always secure its safety gear before rushing into a fire.
5. Firefighters should always secure his/her safety gear before rushing into a fire.

Moved the topic to relevant forum and here are the answers:

When subject is a baby or an animal and of singular form then use Itits (do not confuse its with it’s because it’s means “it is”)

When singular person MALE – use HIS

When singular person FEMALE – use HER

When singular person MALE OR FEMALE (i.e. you want to cover both male and female in the meaning) then use - ONE – then use ONE’S

With these rules (which are pretty logical) it should be easy to pick right or wrong :D

Firefighter is plural subject. Hence ONLY plural form of pronoun would be correct.

1. Firefighters should always secure one's safety gear before rushing into a fire. – WRONG (ONE – singular but Firefighters is plural)

2. Firefighters should always secure their safety gear before rushing into a fire. - CORRECT (their is plural)

3. Firefighters should always secure ones' safety gear before rushing into a fire. – CORRECT (ONES is plural of ONE and possessive form ONES’ correctly refer to Firefighters, a plural subject).

4. Firefighters should always secure its safety gear before rushing into a fire. – WRONG (It – singular but Firefighters is plural)

5. Firefighters should always secure his/her safety gear before rushing into a fire. – WRONG (HIS/HER – singular but Firefighters is plural)
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01 May 2017, 11:16
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vahidkarimi wrote:
Hi guys,

could you please tell me which sentences are correct and why?

1. Firefighters should always secure one's safety gear before rushing into a fire.
2. Firefighters should always secure their safety gear before rushing into a fire.
3. Firefighters should always secure ones' safety gear before rushing into a fire.
4. Firefighters should always secure its safety gear before rushing into a fire.
5. Firefighters should always secure his/her safety gear before rushing into a fire.

IMO

1. Firefighters should always secure one's safety gear before rushing into a fire. WRONG
2. Firefighters should always secure their safety gear before rushing into a fire. RIGHT
3. Firefighters should always secure ones' safety gear before rushing into a fire. WRONG
4. Firefighters should always secure its safety gear before rushing into a fire. WRONG
5. Firefighters should always secure his/her safety gear before rushing into a fire. WRONG
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01 May 2017, 15:40
vahidkarimi wrote:
Hi guys,

could you please tell me which sentences are correct and why?

1. Firefighters should always secure one's safety gear before rushing into a fire.
2. Firefighters should always secure their safety gear before rushing into a fire.
3. Firefighters should always secure ones' safety gear before rushing into a fire.
4. Firefighters should always secure its safety gear before rushing into a fire.
5. Firefighters should always secure his/her safety gear before rushing into a fire.

IMO

1. Firefighters should always secure one's safety gear before rushing into a fire. WRONG
2. Firefighters should always secure their safety gear before rushing into a fire. RIGHT
3. Firefighters should always secure ones' safety gear before rushing into a fire. WRONG
4. Firefighters should always secure its safety gear before rushing into a fire. WRONG
5. Firefighters should always secure his/her safety gear before rushing into a fire. WRONG

could you please declare why #3 is wrong?
(BTW, this is not a standard GMAT question, I just made it up, so there is no problem with more than one correct answer)
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01 May 2017, 15:42
this is not a standard GMAT question, I just made it up, so there is no problem with more than one correct answer
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01 May 2017, 20:05
vahidkarimi wrote:
vahidkarimi wrote:
Hi guys,

could you please tell me which sentences are correct and why?

1. Firefighters should always secure one's safety gear before rushing into a fire.
2. Firefighters should always secure their safety gear before rushing into a fire.
3. Firefighters should always secure ones' safety gear before rushing into a fire.
4. Firefighters should always secure its safety gear before rushing into a fire.
5. Firefighters should always secure his/her safety gear before rushing into a fire.

IMO

1. Firefighters should always secure one's safety gear before rushing into a fire. WRONG
2. Firefighters should always secure their safety gear before rushing into a fire. RIGHT
3. Firefighters should always secure ones' safety gear before rushing into a fire. WRONG
4. Firefighters should always secure its safety gear before rushing into a fire. WRONG
5. Firefighters should always secure his/her safety gear before rushing into a fire. WRONG

could you please declare why #3 is wrong?
(BTW, this is not a standard GMAT question, I just made it up, so there is no problem with more than one correct answer)

"firefighters" is a prural noun and it refers to human, so use "their" in #2 is best suit.

In #3, use "ones" is inappropriate. We use one (singular) and ones (plural) to avoid unnecessary repetition. However, there is no repetition in these sentences to have to use this pronoun. Hence, #2 is prefered. Also, use "their" in #2 is clearer and better in meaning.
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02 May 2017, 10:56
vahidkarimi wrote:
vahidkarimi wrote:
Hi guys,

could you please tell me which sentences are correct and why?

1. Firefighters should always secure one's safety gear before rushing into a fire.
2. Firefighters should always secure their safety gear before rushing into a fire.
3. Firefighters should always secure ones' safety gear before rushing into a fire.
4. Firefighters should always secure its safety gear before rushing into a fire.
5. Firefighters should always secure his/her safety gear before rushing into a fire.

IMO

1. Firefighters should always secure one's safety gear before rushing into a fire. WRONG
2. Firefighters should always secure their safety gear before rushing into a fire. RIGHT
3. Firefighters should always secure ones' safety gear before rushing into a fire. WRONG
4. Firefighters should always secure its safety gear before rushing into a fire. WRONG
5. Firefighters should always secure his/her safety gear before rushing into a fire. WRONG

could you please declare why #3 is wrong?
(BTW, this is not a standard GMAT question, I just made it up, so there is no problem with more than one correct answer)

Well, in my opinion by looking into the answer choices it is clear that the sentence is talking about the Firefighters' point of view so thats is why it is wrong
but if we are talking about people's point of view then it is right
further insight into the question is appreciated
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05 May 2017, 02:15
vahidkarimi wrote:
vahidkarimi wrote:
Hi guys,

could you please tell me which sentences are correct and why?

1. Firefighters should always secure one's safety gear before rushing into a fire.
2. Firefighters should always secure their safety gear before rushing into a fire.
3. Firefighters should always secure ones' safety gear before rushing into a fire.
4. Firefighters should always secure its safety gear before rushing into a fire.
5. Firefighters should always secure his/her safety gear before rushing into a fire.

IMO

1. Firefighters should always secure one's safety gear before rushing into a fire. WRONG
2. Firefighters should always secure their safety gear before rushing into a fire. RIGHT
3. Firefighters should always secure ones' safety gear before rushing into a fire. WRONG
4. Firefighters should always secure its safety gear before rushing into a fire. WRONG
5. Firefighters should always secure his/her safety gear before rushing into a fire. WRONG

could you please declare why #3 is wrong?
(BTW, this is not a standard GMAT question, I just made it up, so there is no problem with more than one correct answer)

1. It is alright to post self-made questions, but please mention that in the tab above.
2. Please maintain the standard formatting in GMAT style. (undelining and then mentioning only the underlined part in options, not repeating the entire sentence).
3. Since there are more than one firefighters, there must be more than one gear as well. Hence "gears" is correct - none of your options had "gears".

Edited the question to rectify the above.
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05 May 2017, 05:48
Firefighters should always secure one's safety gear before rushing into a fire.

1. one's safety gear (Firefighters are plural)
2. their safety gears (Correct)
3. ones' safety gears (Same as A)
4. its safety gear (Same as A)
5. his/her safety gear (Same as A)

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