Friday, September 08, 2006

Eliminating the Possessive Pronoun "His"

Often, eliminating his is harder than eliminating he or him, especially if you have a he, him, and his in the same sentence. Yet, you have six ways to eliminate his.

To avoid using "his":
  • Cut the word his.
  • Use an article (a, an, or the) instead.
  • Switch to the plural.
  • Switch to the second person (using you).
  • Write in the passive voice.
  • Substitute "his or her" for "his."
Follow examples. In the first two, just cut the word his.

A senator must use his good judgement.

Every player in this program must be prepared to spend his summers at camp.

Each player must bring a driver's license or other photo identification.

Players must bring their driver's license or other photo identification.

You must bring your driver's license or other photo identification.

A driver's license or other photo identification is required.

Each player must bring his or her driver's license or other photo identification.

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