I have a question about a sentence.

When writing for mass media, success goes to he or she who puts their most important info at the top of the story.

Should it be he or she paired with their?

  • Success goes to him or her... – Alan Carmack Dec 11 '16 at 18:11
  • This question is unclear--there are so many pronouns and so little punctuation that it's not entirely clear what you're asking. – Katherine Lockwood Dec 11 '16 at 18:22
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    @FumbleFingers The preposition to requires objective case, surely? "Success goes to him who..." – Andrew Leach Dec 11 '16 at 18:49
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    @FumbleFingers: It's not just you, but Andrew Leach's answer is better for a grammar test. – herisson Dec 12 '16 at 0:20
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    Success on the grammar test goes to him who asks his instructor which answer will be considered correct. – aparente001 Dec 12 '16 at 0:28

The Oxford Dictionary gives four valid alternatives:

  1. I was taught to use the pronouns he, his, him, or himself to include both genders but this usage is now viewed in many quarters as sexist so I now avoid this usage.
  2. You can use the wording ‘he or she’, ‘his or her’, etc.
  3. If you can make the relevant noun plural then reword the sentence as necessary:

    If your children are thinking about a gap year, they can get good advice from this website.

  4. Finally you can simply use the plural form even though it refers back to a singular pronoun.

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