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William.Burnham
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4/25/2013 1:24:39 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/24/2013 12:07:08 PM, drafterman wrote:
Synergy: The ability to do ones own homework on their own.

LMAO. Cmon, throw the girl a bone. Synergy is the ability to work together like a seamless unit. For example, an Ant colony exhibits remarkable synergy since nearly every member has a specific job or function.
000ike
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4/27/2013 8:25:37 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/24/2013 12:07:08 PM, drafterman wrote:
Synergy: The ability to do ones own homework on their own.

subject-pronoun syntactical error

*on his/her own
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Logic_on_rails
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4/27/2013 8:38:06 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/27/2013 8:25:37 PM, 000ike wrote:
At 4/24/2013 12:07:08 PM, drafterman wrote:
Synergy: The ability to do ones own homework on their own.

subject-pronoun syntactical error

*on his/her own

If we're going to get all feisty about grammar then I ought to note that your use of the personal pronoun in the third person singular is ugly. Gendered pronouns are best resolved through solutions like making the pronoun plural through rewriting or alternation of gender (always using 'he' runs into sexist critiques), not 'his/her' which is aesthetically lacking.

Of course, as Mark Tredinnick says in The little green grammar book'[It] has been acceptable' to use the plural form of the third person personal pronoun. While traditional grammarians may howl about this (as you have done here) , it is becoming acceptable in lay parlance. That said, I prefer the plural form over this offence.

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000ike
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4/27/2013 8:44:08 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/27/2013 8:38:06 PM, Logic_on_rails wrote:
At 4/27/2013 8:25:37 PM, 000ike wrote:
At 4/24/2013 12:07:08 PM, drafterman wrote:
Synergy: The ability to do ones own homework on their own.

subject-pronoun syntactical error

*on his/her own

If we're going to get all feisty about grammar then I ought to note that your use of the personal pronoun in the third person singular is ugly. Gendered pronouns are best resolved through solutions like making the pronoun plural through rewriting or alternation of gender (always using 'he' runs into sexist critiques), not 'his/her' which is aesthetically lacking.

Of course, as Mark Tredinnick says in The little green grammar book'[It] has been acceptable' to use the plural form of the third person personal pronoun. While traditional grammarians may howl about this (as you have done here) , it is becoming acceptable in lay parlance. That said, I prefer the plural form over this offence.

Best leap from my high horse before the cries of anger come!

I agree with the first part of your argument, I usually pick one gender in formal writing. Though I find it hard to believe that their will ever be accepted as a suitable pronoun for one;it's not as much the attachment to grammatical pedantries as it is the sheer breach of logic caused by the inconsistency.
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drafterman
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4/29/2013 6:38:55 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/27/2013 8:25:37 PM, 000ike wrote:
At 4/24/2013 12:07:08 PM, drafterman wrote:
Synergy: The ability to do ones own homework on their own.

subject-pronoun syntactical error

*on his/her own

I guess my definition lacked synergy.
tulle
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4/29/2013 6:43:15 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Couldn't you just say "one's own homework on one's own"?

Though when I write essays, I typically use "he" or "she", but not both, and alternate between uses.
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5/4/2013 2:47:08 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/29/2013 6:38:55 PM, drafterman wrote:
At 4/27/2013 8:25:37 PM, 000ike wrote:
At 4/24/2013 12:07:08 PM, drafterman wrote:
Synergy: The ability to do ones own homework on their own.

subject-pronoun syntactical error

*on his/her own

I guess my definition lacked synergy.

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