Question: Obtaining Government Approval

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What would he correct sentence be if we were to use Anyone?

Would it be:

Anyone who lives in a country where he/she must obtain government approval before starting a business should revolt

I'm confused about what we would replace "they" with, to make it singular in this context

Thanks for your help
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Yes, that sentence would be fine. However, the he/she construction is a little clunky. Using the plural (they), is much nicer.

If we can use the plural "they" instead of "he/she" to refer to a singular noun, then wouldn't answer choice A be correct here?
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I'm not saying you can replace "he/she" with the plural "they" to refer to a singular noun. I'm saying that using the plural "they" (to replace a plural noun) is less clunky.

For example, "PEOPLE who swim must ensure THEY stay afloat" is less clunky than "A PERSON who swims must ensure HE/SHE stays afloat."

Got it, thanks!

On a side note, in the sentence "A PERSON who swims must ensure HE/SHE stays afloat", is "he/she" the only pronoun that can be used in this context?

everybody is also singular?
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Yes, EVERYBODY is always singular.
For more on this, see the list at 1:15 in the following video:


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