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Comment on Obtaining Government Approval
What would he correct
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
Yes, that sentence would be
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
I'm not saying you replace
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?
Yes, EVERYBODY is always
Yes, EVERYBODY is always singular.
For more on this, see the list at 1:15 in the following video: https://www.gmatprepnow.com/module/gmat-sentence-correction/video/1161
Hi Brent, what’s the
Grammatically-speaking, the two words are the same.
so is it correct to assume
Presently, the GMAT uses THEY only for plural nouns.
Now that people are using various pronouns, it's possible the GMAT will either change their stance, or stop asking SC questions that test pronouns. We'll see!