When does a plural pronoun/determiner refer to a singular pronoun/noun phrase?
Thread poster: carocio

carocio
Local time: 12:23
May 15, 2013

I need to know in which case does a plural pronoun/determiner refers to a singular pronoun/noun phrase

 

NataliaAnne  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 12:23
Portuguese to English
E.g. To avoid gender May 15, 2013

Do you mean, for example, when ‘they’ is used to avoid having to say ‘he or she’, which can be messy? For this use, and others, see:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singular_they


 

carocio
Local time: 12:23
TOPIC STARTER
Grammar Use May 15, 2013

I think you are right!Thank you very much!

 

VIBOL KEO  Identity Verified
Local time: 22:23
Member (2009)
English to Khmer (Central)
How about the word, "Both"? May 15, 2013

I think the case is that a following noun has been left out.

Example:

Q: Which diamond ring would you like?
A: I' ll take both.

In this case, the word, "Both" stands for "Both diamond rings".

Considering this word may be helpful...

[Edited at 2013-05-15 13:59 GMT]


 

VIBOL KEO  Identity Verified
Local time: 22:23
Member (2009)
English to Khmer (Central)
A good link May 15, 2013

NataliaAnne wrote:

Do you mean, for example, when ‘they’ is used to avoid having to say ‘he or she’, which can be messy? For this use, and others, see:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singular_they


It is a good link, Natalia, for I could also learn more...


 

Kevin Fulton  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 11:23
German to English
Common in conversation, informal writing May 15, 2013

I can think of several examples, generally in informal speech.

I'll never work for XY agency again. (singular noun)
They always pay late. (plural pronoun)

(name of automobile company) makes good cars (American English)
and they offer a good warranty


 

Helena Chavarria  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 17:23
Member (2011)
Spanish to English
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Collective nouns May 16, 2013

Kevin Fulton wrote:

I can think of several examples, generally in informal speech.

I'll never work for XY agency again. (singular noun)
They always pay late. (plural pronoun)

(name of automobile company) makes good cars (American English)
and they offer a good warranty



In this case we use 'it' when we are thinking of the group: government, family, etc. and 'they' when we are thinking of the members of the group.

http://wps.ablongman.com/long_longman_ohb_1/27/7023/1797929.cw/content/index.html


 


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