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One should always keep one's promises. Options
Koh Elaine
Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 12:14:41 PM
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One should always keep one's promises.

One should always keep his/her promises.

Which is the correct sentence?

Thanks.
sureshot
Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 12:40:03 PM
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Koh Elaine wrote:
1. One should always keep one's promises.

2. One should always keep his/her promises.

Which is the correct sentence?

Thanks.


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Sentence 1 is correct.In formal English, when the subject is "one", the subsequent possessive noun is "one's". His/her is used when the subject is he/she.
BobShilling
Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 4:35:58 PM
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I believe #2 may be correct in AmE. We'll have to wait for an American to tell us.
palapaguy
Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 5:00:34 PM

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BobShilling wrote:
I believe #2 may be correct in AmE. We'll have to wait for an American to tell us.


I'm not sure that any "word" containing a fraction bar is correctly spelled. However, the problem is solved by use of the new politically correct term "... one should always keep their promises." Whistle

Koh Elaine
Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 6:18:05 PM
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Thanks to all of you.
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