Which pronoun is it best to use when referring to a hypothetical person?
Which is better to say:
One should watch what one eats.
Everyone should watch what they eat.
You should watch what you eat.
People should watch what they eat.
Watch what you eat.
They say to watch what you eat.
Everyone should watch what he or she eats.
Everyone should watch what s/he eats.
A person should watch what they eat.
A person should watch what she or he eats.
Or other. Or are they all equally good and acceptable options?
I usually prefer "they". Although it would appear to be plural, it is acceptible to use "they" to refer to a single person (don't quote me on this-- I'm no grammaticist). It is especially useful when referring to a non-gender-specific individual. I get tired of reading "he or she" or, even worse, "he/she" (notice how you rarely see "she or he"?). And "one" sounds so stuffy.
Do you call that alien a he, she or an it? Find out when to use the correct pronoun. read more
by Brian L. Powell 4 years ago
What is meant by the word "poor" when referring to people?The topic has been flying around my circle lately, and while the word poor is a very common word, I get the impression that people have very different views of the meaning. I am hoping for some clarifications of different...
by Link10103 3 years ago
Would you admit you were wrong if it meant losing face (respect)?Hypothetical time.Say you made the statement "Johnny stole my apple". To back that up, you say there were several people who witnessed Johhny stealing your apple. Now someone comes along and asks you for the names of the...
by PrettyPanther 5 months ago
I recently took a job as a county program manager for a nonprofit that has its main office in Portland, Oregon with satellite offices throughout the state. The executive team and Board of this organization values inclusion and equity for all. They require all employees to participate in equity...
by sneakorocksolid 8 years ago
Good muslims commited to breaking steriotypes should open up mecca for Christian and Jewish tourists to show they want to be part of the world community. This would help develop trust between all religions and promote peace in the middle east. Watcha-think?
|HubPages Device ID|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Google Analytics|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel|
|Google Hosted Libraries|
|Google AdSense Host API|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels|
|Author Google Analytics|
|Amazon Tracking Pixel|