Everyone vs their



Is my choice of words correct for the following sentence?

So everyone on the site loses their login.

I got confused because 'everyone' is singular but I am talking about more than 1 person when I say "everyone on the site" which is plural. The sentence sounds right but I just wanted to make sure.



Posted 2014-02-13T03:19:16.773

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When get confused, better use some safe alternative.

So, all those on the site lose their login.

Nevertheless, if the early pronoun is not gender specific, the latter pronoun can have plural of it.

If a client wants to come to your office, they should know the office timing.
When a person starts drinking alcohol in excess quantity, their life is at risk.

More information here.

Maulik V

Posted 2014-02-13T03:19:16.773

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In contexts like these, it might be better to think of it as singular they rather than "a special case when the latter pronoun can be plural".

– Mark S. – 2014-02-13T06:34:25.543

1@MarkS. True but it can be both as the answer will be the same! Singular they or a pronoun is an epicene. – Maulik V – 2014-02-13T07:03:22.967