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English translation: haven't they

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19:28 Sep 4, 2006
English to English translations [Non-PRO]
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English term or phrase: haven't (hasn't) one vs. haven't they
From test
Someone's forgotten to switch off the gas, ____? (didn't one, didn't they, haven't one, haven't they)
Why is plural is the correct answer and not singular is used? What is implied plural here if any?
Could be used here ' Some* *one's forgotten to switch off the gas, *hasn't* one?'
http://www.big-ben.ru/tests/english/test1
British English meant, of course.
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Сергей Лузан
Russian Federation
Local time: 06:45
English translation:haven't they
Explanation:
would be most usual (although if a single-sex group was being addressed/referred to, you might get away with "hasn't he" or "hasn't she") - but hasn't one would never be used after "someone"
Selected response from:

Armorel Young
Local time: 04:45
Grading comment
Thanks for additional explanations for single-sex groups, Armorel!:) Was extremely helpful for possible future references, indeed.
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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Armorel Young


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3 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5 peer agreement (net): +11
haven't they


Explanation:
would be most usual (although if a single-sex group was being addressed/referred to, you might get away with "hasn't he" or "hasn't she") - but hasn't one would never be used after "someone"

Armorel Young
Local time: 04:45
Specializes in field
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 76
Grading comment
Thanks for additional explanations for single-sex groups, Armorel!:) Was extremely helpful for possible future references, indeed.
Notes to answerer
Asker: Well Armorel thank you for your prompt reply. But how singular converted into plural here? Is some (of them meant) if I get it right?


Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  NancyLynn
2 mins

agree  Peter Shortall
20 mins

agree  Jack Doughty
29 mins

agree  Robert Fox
1 hr

agree  jccantrell: Agree with he/she for single-sex groups, too.
4 hrs

agree  Anton Baer: Always 'they' because of uncertainty.
6 hrs

agree  xxxanastasia t
7 hrs

agree  Bianca AH
7 hrs

agree  R-i-c-h-a-r-d
19 hrs

agree  xxxAlfa Trans
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agree  kamelia_bg
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Sep 4, 2006 - Changes made by NancyLynn:
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