- Dr. Morganstern finished his rounds.
Frequent misuse of plural pronouns occurs with two types of singular antecedents: indefinite pronouns and generic nouns.
他们包括: any, either, everything, no one, each, anybody, everybody, neither, someone, anyone, everyone, none, something
- In class everyone performs at his or her level of ability.
- Every student must pull all-nighters regularly if he or she wants to excel.
To correct a mistakenly plural pronoun referring to a singular general noun, you can do one of the three things mentioned above.
除非含义明显复数，否则将集体名词视为单数。 集体名词包括如下词: jury, committee, crowd, family, audience, couple, troop, team, class.
- Example: The O.J. Simpson jury has reached its decision.
- Compare: The Illini crowd clapped their hands.
- Jack and Jill climbed up a hill and fetched their pail of water.
When compound antecedents are connected by "or" or "nor" (or by "either...or" or "neither...nor"), make the pronoun agree with the nearer antecedent.
- Either Desi or Lucy should be fired from her job.
- Neither the engineering student nor the biology majors could remember their schedules.
用复数代词替换 he or she or [his or her.]
- When someone has been drinking, he or she is probably acting dumb.
Make the antecedent plural.
- When frat boys have been drinking, they are probably acting dumb.
- A frat boy who has been drinking is probably acting dumb.