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Oh dear ....,
This review is from: My Grammar and I (Or Should That Be 'Me'?): Old-School Ways to Sharpen Your English (Paperback)
I was very excited to receive this book but so disappointed after reading the very first sentence in the Introduction!
"Anyone who has so much as run THEIR eye over an Anglo-Saxon lament ..."
How terribly embarrassing for a book of grammar! I was excited at the prospect of learning something from this book but after such an elementary mistake in the very first sentence how could I muster any faith in the writers' knowledge of grammar?
I want my money back.
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Initial post: 10 Dec 2011 05:31:57 GMT
Forgive me if I'm being obtuse, but I fail to see the error.
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Dec 2011 22:27:52 GMT
Hi Gary Walker. The word 'anyone' is singular.
Posted on 13 Dec 2011 22:43:41 GMT
Fair point. Well spotted.
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Dec 2011 22:53:20 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Dec 2011 22:53:58 GMT
Actually, the rest of the book is quite good! I read it with some skepticism but failed to find any other glaring mistake and in fact, the book is well written and informative.
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Dec 2011 23:02:19 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Dec 2011 23:02:35 GMT
That's good to know. I might give it a wee peruse, after all. Thanks, Farrah.
Posted on 19 Dec 2011 08:16:17 GMT
What's the problem? Am I incorrect thinking that it is the correct use of 'their'?
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Dec 2011 08:32:49 GMT
Last edited by the author on 19 Dec 2011 08:37:25 GMT
Farrah C says:
Judging by the responses to my post, I suppose I'm a bit of a traditionalist. I do realise that these days, colloquially, it is quite acceptable to use words such as 'anyone' and 'everyone' as plural terms but I still find it awkward to say, for example, "anyone are invited" as opposed to "anyone is invited". By that same measure, in the first sentence of this book on grammar, I was rather aggrieved not to read the word 'anyone' used in its singular, proper sense.
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Dec 2011 23:15:58 GMT
My dictionary says "anyone" is both singular and plural.
1 [ usu. with negative or in questions ] any person or people: there wasn't anyone there | does anyone remember him? | I was afraid to tell anyone.
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Dec 2011 23:26:52 GMT
Well all those examples are singular use but yes, I think it is now used in both a singular and plural context! I didn't mean to be so fastidious really; I suppose I was frustrated because it's a book of grammar and it really is the very first sentence!
In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jan 2012 15:21:43 GMT
'their' means belonging to them, it hasn't got anything to do with plurals or singulars surely?