Consistency: Pronouns

Pronouns should be consistent in number and person.

PERSON Inconsistent,
Not Parallel
When we reach the age of forty, you should be more financially responsible.
Consistent,
Parallel
When we reach the age of forty, we should be more financially responsible.

Some indefinite pronouns are singular (none, each, either, anybody, nobody, anything, everything, anyone, everyone, neither, no one, etc.)

See Tricky Pronouns for more practice.

NUMBER Inconsistent,
Not Parallel
Each person had their own needs.
Consistent,
Parallel
Each person had his or her own needs.
(or, better yet)
Each person had specific needs.
NUMBER Inconsistent,
Not Parallel
Everybody has their own opinion.
Consistent,
Parallel
Everybody has his or her own opinion.
(or, better yet)
Everybody has an opinion.

Some indefinite pronouns (all, some, several, few, both, many) are plural or singular, depending on when the pronoun refers to a countable or non-countable noun.

NUMBER
countable
Inconsistent,
Not Parallel
Some of the fingers on my left hand lost its skin.
Consistent,
Parallel
Some of the fingers on my left hand lost their skin.
NUMBER
non-countable
Inconsistent,
Not Parallel
All of the skin on my legs lost their color.
Consistent,
Parallel
All of the skin on my legs lost its color.

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