Everyone works in THEIR/HIS/HER.

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Ashraful Haque

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Bengali
Everyone works in 'their' own time zone.

In such sentences why do we use 'their' instead of 'his/her'? Everyone works in his own time zone.

Is to avoid specifying a certain gender?
 
  • entangledbank

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    English - South-East England
    Yes, 'their' is how everyone says this. It's an ordinary word, whereas 'his/her' is an awkward combination sometimes used in writing, but not natural in speech. (Look for previous threads on this topic.)
     
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