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# Noun/Pronoun agreements: The programmers or the aide will

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Noun/Pronoun agreements: The programmers or the aide will [#permalink]

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17 Jul 2007, 14:26
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Noun/Pronoun agreements:

The programmers or the aide will move their/his office today.

Steve, in addition to his group, will give his/their reports tomorrow.

Neither of the women would admit her/their mistakes.

The president and treasurer gave his/their reports.

The faculty have been given its/their places on the roster.

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Re: SC - Back to basics.. [#permalink]

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17 Jul 2007, 14:42
eileen1017 wrote:
asaf wrote:
The faculty have been given its/their places on the roster.

Is't "faculty" a collective noun, therefore singular?

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17 Jul 2007, 15:01
Well, the sentence states the faculty have been given, if it uses has been given, then I will probably choose its over their.

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17 Jul 2007, 18:28
May be the first one should use 'their'...rest are correct.

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18 Jul 2007, 12:45
The president and treasurer is the same person. They would have been separate individuals if we had used like:

The president and the treasurer...

The president and treasurer gave his report.

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13 Jun 2011, 05:31
Good one for practice

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13 Jun 2011, 09:06
1)The programmers or the aide will move their/his office today.: The verb must agree in number with the nearer noun. In this case aide( singular) is closer hence use singular verb( his).
2)Steve, in addition to his group, will give his/their reports tomorrow. :is a case of additive phrase: in addition to his group which does not change the number of subject. In this case Subject is Steve( singular) hence Use singular verb(His).
3)Neither of the women would admit her/their mistakes: The pronoun that comes after neither of is plural.Hence their.
4)he president and treasurer gave his/their reports. : Two singular subjects joined by and make up a compound plural subject hence plural verb their.
5)The faculty have been given its/their places on the roster.: plural verb have been hence the pronoun must be their.

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Re: SC - Back to basics..   [#permalink] 13 Jun 2011, 09:06
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