I am wondering if the esteemed members of this forum can help me with these questions, which have bothered me for a long time and are what have brought me to this forum.
One thing I struggle to understand and work with is the use of the "editorial we." I am a copyeditor and proofreader, and I have a client who consistently likes to use the first-person plural voice for his works.
I have asked my colleagues, and I got mixed, unclear answers.
Here are a few examples:
- We will be able to feel magnificent light in our souls...
Does "souls" have to agree with "our"? Should it not be "soul"?
- The chair or pillow may not be so comfortable, our kids may get rowdy, our spouse may need our help with this and that...
Here, I have no issue with "our kids," because a person can certainly have more than one child. But should "spouse" be plural like "our" and "kids"?
- It is a constant issue that we must face our entire lives.
"Entire" here does not seem to fit with "lives." But then "our entire life" does not seem to be correct as the singular "life" does not agree with the plural pronoun "our."
I would be grateful to learn more about the proper use of the "editorial we" in this regard and to hear suggestions on how to deal with this issue.
Thank you all in advance.