Another topic

Sally Odgers sodgers at
Tue Dec 2 20:17:26 EST 2003

: I
> don't quite see how, if you have a mixed-sex group of persons each of whom
> is feeling something, you can get round that.  "All the children were
> looking forward to their tea" would do at a pinch, but it doesn't carry
> same feeling that each is an individual as well as them being a collective
> noun -- as it were.
> I can give you another author who uses "it" in this way: C.S. Lewis. "At
> the name of Aslan each of the children felt something jump in its inside."
> (*The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe*, chapter 7, "A Day With the
> Beavers", I opened the book at random.)

I really *hate* "their" being used in a singular, so I use an "All the
children..." structure that puts the lot into plural. Otherwise, there's
his/her, but that's clumsy. My sister proposes a new pronoun cluster.
(sh)(i)(m) and (s)(h)(it).


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