https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sasoliveira

Can I use (Their) in singular sentences ? I saw in some websites that we can use and anothers not.

I know that ( Their ) means (deles, delas) but I saw in some websites that we can use in singular questions as well. Now I am confusing about this issue.

Example. The customer wants to reset their computer.

August 22, 2016

5 Comentários


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmareloTiago

That is where the language is heading. Over time, the use of the singular they probably will become more accepted. I even slip up and use it myself from time to time. As more people become uncomfortable being referred to as he or she for whatever reason, the only other options we have in the English language are it and they. Those people tend to prefer it over they.

August 22, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Yeshayah19

I think "their" is used in a more general way when the gender of the person is unknown or irrelevant.

August 22, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Myckey_Mouse

Eu acho que em inglês "their" sempre vai ser "deles" plural, o que acontece é que em português determinadas frases traduzimos como seu sua (singular) veja: "They introduce a new soap for their chief".

Traduzimos como: "Eles introduzem um novo sabão para o chefe deles" ou pode ser "Eles introduzem um novo sabão para seu chefe".

Então, ao meu ver não podemos usar their como singular "em inglês"

August 22, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/iamrossatopx

this is correct only if the customer is not only one single person. Their will always stand for the plural

August 23, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fabiano.ca6

I think you should avoid it, my friend

cause if the computer belongs to the customer (and it's just one person), you have to use, his or her...

the customer wants to reset his/her computer.

the customers want to reset their computer/s. (it can be each computer from each different customer or one single computer that belongs to more than on person).

August 24, 2016
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