Date: Sun, 9 Nov 1997 23:04:19 -0500
From: Beverly Flanigan FLANIGAN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]OUVAXA.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Subject: Re: one as a pronoun?
Duane, there's nothing at all wrong with "They all apply their own
standards." The issue in my example was the lack of agreement between
the singular "his or her" and an antecedent "they." I have no problem
(in spoken usage) with the contemporary singular "everyone" followed by
plural "they/their"; the example I cited earlier starts with generic
"they" (perfectly fine) and then inexplicably switches to singular when
your own "their" would be logical and problem-free.