Date: Mon, 1 Jun 1998 07:52:48 -0400
From: "Bethany K. Dumas"
Subject: Grammar -- It's Not Just For the Classroom!

>From the Metropolitan Diary column in today's NYTimes:

Dear Diary:

Visiting an editor at Random House, I stepped into a crowded elevator and
found myself pressed close to the control panel. "Has everybody got their
floors?" I asked. After a moment's silence, a young female voice from the
rear said, "His or her." "I beg your pardon?" I said. "His or her. It's
'Has everybody got his or her floors?' Your pronouns don't agree." "And
shouldn't it be 'his or her floor', not 'floors'?" a young man piped up.
"Each of us gets off at only one floor." "And wouldn't it be better to
say 'Does everybody have?' rather than 'Has everybody got?'" a third voice
chimed in. I stood corrected -- and red faced. But I was glad to know that
good grammar is alive and well.