She only talks about her husband but not He only talks about her husband
We have: He only talks about HIS husband.
And that is a correct answer.
how come using "man" instead of "husband" is incorrect? Not only is what's literally being said, but it's not wrong even when used in English.
a man is not a synonym for a husband and even as "my man" it can mean many other things.
One "correct" solution given for this sentence is "They only talk about their husband" which means that it is a polygamous situation. It would not usually be said in English except in such a context, so I think it should not be given as a "correct" solution.
I am not sure about this as I am not the author of this solution but notice the existence of singular "they" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singular_they
I personally don't like it too much, but I am not English and I am male. I see it reasonably often being used in situations where gender neutrality is very important. Especially in academia it appears to be becoming more and more popular.
Notice that the proponents of singular they usually dismiss fears of possible confusion, like yours, as a minor problem.
“They” used as singular here doesn’t work, as it's only used when you don’t know the sex of the speaker or it's a “he or she” situation, which seems extremely unlikely if you know that the speaker talks only about their husband (therefore making clear that you know who the speaker is). As you can see, in the latter sentence “their” works, only because “the speaker” can be either male or female in this non-specific example. However, the minute I refer to an actual person I know, “they” cannot be used as the subject, and it would be odd to use “their” before husband. This is not the best explanation, but it would take too long to explain more fully.
That is simply not true. I am not a big supporter of singular they, but it can be used about anyone. Especially in writing. End we do not know the gender of the person here.
Or it can be a polygamic family, why not.
Well, I’m sure you would know better than I, despite my 30 years as a teacher of both spoken English and academic writing, as well as ten years as a book editor. I suppose I just explained the principle unclearly. Thanks for your take on it.
The sarcasm is uncalled-for. We simply don't know who is speaking about her his their hir or whater husband. It is 2018.
I am sorry; I admit I felt you were being sarcastic with me, hence my reply. I see that you did not quite grasp what I was trying to say, and, as I thought, my reply was not entirely clear. I'm not commenting on the acceptability or existence of gender-neutral or gender-fluid people. I still find the sentence odd, but there is no further purpose in arguing about it.