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Sevinç from Turkey asked about the following sentence:

"If someone is good-natured, they have a nice personality."

Sevin? correctly noticed that 'someone' is singular, and 'they' is plural, and asked why. In fact, I could have written the sentence like this:

"If someone is good-natured, he or she has a nice personality."

Each posting by student and teacher bloggers receives up to 50 comments, each of which is moderated before posting and must adhere to BBC Learning English house rules [http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/communicate/blog/blog_rules This process is manageable at current activity levels.

Comments boards

The Flatmates

Comments boards are a vital part of the BBC Learning English user community: Many students who comment on the student-teacher blogs also comment in other areas. "The Flatmates" is the BBC Learning English online language learning soap opera (see Figure 2). It features four young adult characters who share an apartment in London: a new episode is published weekly and receives around one million page hits per month. It features about 130 words of dialogue, with exploration of a language point (see the Archive: Language Point [http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/flatmates/archivelanguagepoin that occurs in the text, and a language practice activity (usually a quiz; see the Archive: Quizzes [http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/flatmates/archivequiz.shtml]).

TESL-EJ 11.4, March 2008

Chapman & Scott

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