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From "Nóirín (Plunkett) Shirley" <>
Subject Re: proposed patch for ssl_intro.xml
Date Wed, 12 Dec 2007 17:33:58 GMT
On 12/6/07, Lucien GENTIS <> wrote:
>  Vincent Bray a écrit :
>  On 06/12/2007, Lucien GENTIS
> <> 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

Noirin, an English speaker =)

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