hiya Emotion: smilehere is a question i just read in a forum..

the question is

Everyone in the village could make shoes ____but___didt'n wear their own shoes.
A.himself,they B.oneself,one C.themselves,they D.themselves,none E.oneself,ones

the anwer is C..

I remember a book says that "everyone" change to himself,

but how about" everyone in the village"?coz it means alot of people,not just one person

thx 4 ur help

Hi Sweety_pudding,

you right and better forget that book.

1-The need for pronoun-antecedent agreement can create gender problems. If one were to write, for instance, "A student must see his counselor before the end of the semester," when there are female students about, nothing but grief will follow. One can pluralize, in this situation, to avoid the problem:

-Students must see their counselor before the end of the semester.
Or, one could say
-A student must see his or her counselor. . . .

Too many his's and her's eventually become annoying, however, and the reader becomes more aware of the writer trying to be conscious of good form than he or she is of the matter at hand.

2-Trying to conform to the above rule (#1) can lead to a great deal of nonsense. It is widely regarded as being correct (or correct enough), to say

-Somebody has left their bag on the floor.

but many people would object its being written that way because somebody is singular and their is plural. There is a great deal to be said, however, for using the word their as the gender-non-specific, singular pronoun.

in short , ---body or ---one takes plural pronoun ( they, them, themselves etc.) ---thing takes the pronoun "it" ( its, itself etc.)

Dear yulysess : )

I understand now,

well ,sometimes the" rules" are really annoying,like this question,i think C is right,but i am not sure,coz of what that book says.

thank you^ ^ PS:you are the frist person anwer my question in this forum Emotion: stick out tongue
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You're welcome Sweety_pudding,

for your sure, beware the alternatives

A.himself,they B.oneself,one C.themselves,they D.themselves,none E.oneself,ones

apart from "c" none of them matches the claim your book put forward.

If "everyone" changed to "himself", "they" would be "he" in the option "A", like "himself, he".

So the option"C" is definitely correct answer. Not to worry.

yes..thx..very much.understand now Emotion: smile..
it's nice to hear that.

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There is the famous Sting's song: If you love somebody set them free.

Well, it might help to remember the rule.


I think everyone goes to himself i.e. Everyone is enjoying himself.

Maybe you don't realize it, but you are answering a question that was asked 14 years ago.

Why not answer questions that are more recent? That way there's a better chance that the person who asked the question is still participating on our forum and can benefit from your answer. Just be sure to check your grammar books to be sure your answer is correct before you post it.


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