English grammar in US
Joseph E. Laferriere
josephl at CCIT.ARIZONA.EDU
Mon Jun 24 18:21:15 CDT 1996
On Mon, 24 Jun 1996 Muisca at aol.com wrote:
> I'd be willing to
> wager that "their" will be the accepted neutral third person singular
> possessive within a generation. Which is fine, it's easy and elegant.
This may well be true. I have reached the same conclusion. However, for
the moment, every style book of which I am aware still recommends doing it
the old-fashioned way, and scientific writing should reflect
internationally accepted standards rather than colloquial usage in a
single country in which the language is in use.
I suggest that we now drop the subject.
PS There should be a semicolon rather than a comma after the word "fine"
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