~ Everyone thinks they have a right to be here. --> They are said that they have a right to be here. --> They are said to have a right to be here --> It is they who have a right to be here.
2. the plural is a convenient means of avoiding the traditional use of he as the unmarked form when the sex is not determined, as in the formal:
~ Everyone thinks he has a right to be here. It's more common in AmE, but functions in BrE too.
3. coordinating masculine and feminine is the cumbersome device:
~ Has anybody brought his or her racket? It's correct, but I find it odd sounding. Every time 'his or her'...
4. resort to the evasive tactic of the plural pronoun is less acceptable:
~ Either he or his wife is going to have to change their attitude. This is formal. Some advice against using it, which I oppose.
Zatem, w jaki sposob nalezy nalezy napisac ostatnie zdanie by mozna je bylo uznac za formalne?
Either he or his wife is going to have to change his or her attitude. [czyt. 3]. The English sentence right above is a formal equivalent to this one.
Either he or his wife is going to have to change the attitudes. [chyba niepoprawne i niejasne]
Yeah, it's vaguely expressed. Still don't know whose attitude is talked about.
Nie bardzo wiem, co jest niejasne. Wszystko zaprezentowałeś ładnie.
edytowany przez grudziu: 18 cze 2013