Confused by the singular "they"...
October 18, 2012 8:15 PM Subscribe
GrammarFilter: "Would [my friend] rather have their significant other think they find them ugly, or think they find them stupid?" Is this ambiguously worded? Help me settle a dispute.
posted by Yma to Writing & Language (25 answers total)
My friend and I were playing a facebook game when this question
I think it could be interpreted two different ways:
(1) Have his significant other think she finds him stupid.
(2) Have his significant other think he finds her stupid.
However, he thinks that if he took the question to 1,000 different English professors, every single one would agree that it can only be accurately read the second way.
Can anyone explain which of us is right and why?