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From Lucien GENTIS <lucien.gen...@lorraine.iufm.fr>
Subject Re: proposed patch for ssl_intro.xml
Date Thu, 13 Dec 2007 17:28:53 GMT
Nóirín (Plunkett) Shirley a écrit :
> On 12/6/07, Lucien GENTIS <lucien.gentis@lorraine.iufm.fr> wrote:
>   
>>  Vincent Bray a écrit :
>>  On 06/12/2007, Lucien GENTIS
>> <lucien.gentis@lorraine.iufm.fr> wrote:
>>
>>
>>  In fact, it's not a gender problem ; sentence is :
>>
>> "for instance, an individual might have a personal certificate as well
>> as one for their identity as an employee."
>>
>> "their" is plural and agrees with "an individual" who's all alone ; so
>> "their" could rather be replaced by "his/her"
>>     
>
> You're correct - but so is Vincent.
> "Their" /could/ be replaced with "his/her" in this context - but it's
> gotten to the stage where it's perfectly acceptable linguistically to
> use "their" /instead of "his or her", when the gender is inclusive or
> uncertain/ (OED's language, not mine).
>
> My vote would be in favour of keeping this as "their". There's no
> linguistic reason to change it, and "his or her" gets unwieldy very
> rapidly.
>
> Noirin, an English speaker =)
>
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OK, no problem ; question seemed obvious for me because there's no 
equivalent in french.

What you say is confirmed here : http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/their 
(very good link I was given in this list)

Thanks for grammatical course and Guinness flavour twang ;-)

Lucien

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