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Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceWords & Wordplay · 1 decade ago

Who knows English grammar?

Who knows English grammar?

What's the CORRECT?

Someone lost his bla bla bla or

Someone lost their bla bla bla

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  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    his is singular (one person) their is more than one person

    Someone indicates a singular person - his

  • 1 decade ago

    If you do know who the person is but don't wish to name them, you'd say 'someone has lost his (or her) mind', or pencil, or tube top, or whatever the case may be. Otherwise you should use the person's name, and if you don't know who the 'someone' is and just wish to state that an item was lost at some point, you could use 'lost' without 'has'. 'Has' in this case helps to represent a recent loss of something.

    Example: Philip has lost his mother. That indicates a recent event. Philip lost his mother could be recent or in the past. Someone has lost his or her mother would mean there is a woman wandering around looking for her child. Someone lost her purse would also be correct, if you found the purse at a bus stop and weren't sure of the owner.

    Source(s): Taught English to adults.
  • 1 decade ago

    It depends, when you say "Someone lost his bla bla bla" that means that the someone could have lost his own bla bla bla, or someone elses.

    When you say "Someone lost their bla bla bla" it also is the same thing, they could have lost their own, or someone elses.

    Either works.

  • Ray
    Lv 6
    5 years ago

    "Someone lost their ..."

    This - the 'singular they' - is by far the most idiomatic and natural usage where you don't know the gender of the person. It's now accepted by major usage authorities such as Merriam-Webster and Oxford Dictionaries.

    If you do know the gender, you'd use the appropriate pronoun (e.g. "Someone lost her Hello KItty handbag").

    Source(s): Native UK English speaker, technical writer
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Lost his,

    His is the singular, their is the plural.

    ie.

    Derek lost his Dog

    Derek and Terry lost their dog

  • 1 decade ago

    Hi,

    Someone=singular

    Someone is singular and therefore the possessive pronoun needs to be singular, too.

    Someone lost his car

    Someone lost her car

    Some people=subject and it is plural

    therefore it needs the plural possessive pronoun

    Some people lost their cars

    Cheers.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Someone lost his/her blah blah blah. Someone is singular so your pronoun should be singular. However, if you were to say they lost blah blah blah, you would say they lost their blah blah blah.

    In colloquial speech, it is okay to say their instead of saying the more awkward "Someone lost his or her blah blah blah" but you should try to use the singular form, especially in formal writing or conversation.

    Hope that's not too wordy, especially with all those blahs!

  • 1 decade ago

    The top one is, but is sexist.

    The bottom one isn't, but is gender neutral.

    English has no gender neutral third person, all we have is "its". "Their" is incorrect, but is gender neutral.

    The second one is generally accepted nowadays, and is a better choice, unless your teacher is an older person--they probably grew up with the first one. Only the first is correct. SomeONE lost his, since "his" is singular, or one person.

    The best of both worlds is "Someone lost his or her blah blah blah". It's gender neutral and correct.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If it's a man, "someone lost his...."

    If it's a woman, "someone lost her...."

    If it's several people "some people lost their...."

    "someone lost their...." is used to refer to one person of unspecified gender, but it isn't technically correct.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Someone lost THEIR bla bla bla

    You would only use "his" if you knew for a fact that the person who lost the bla bla bla was male, and not female.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It's his.

    Someone refers to one person; it is singular. Thus it requires a singular pronoun. In this case, his.

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