0

But if you are a teenager who criticizes your parents for their lack of technological awareness, don't be too hard on them.

Or

But if you are a teenager who criticizes their parents for their lack of technological awareness, don't be too hard on them.

Which is correct?

I found it on SSC Exam tutor.

I think it should be their since who refers to third person but I'm not sure of that.

Can you please tell me which is correct?

  • The first is grammatically correct. – P. E. Dant Nov 16 '16 at 7:06
  • @P.E.Dant I wouldn't be so black and white if I were you.. Actually, there's a case to be said that the second form is not wholly inappropriate, the singular "they" replacing "he or she" etc. Some writers might even prefer using "his or her" in this instance. – Mari-Lou A Nov 16 '16 at 8:39
  • 1
    @P.E.Dant Do you mean to say that you believe the first sentence is not grammatically correct Did I say that it was incorrect? Where? Instead, your first comment ("The first is grammatically correct.") which presents itself as an answer, strongly suggests that the other form is ungrammatical. It doesn't allow any alternative. – Mari-Lou A Nov 16 '16 at 8:47
  • 1
    Your parents is grammatically correct. There is no such determiner as "his/her". Their is acceptable, but your is preferable in this instance, since it agrees in number with you in the if clause. – P. E. Dant Nov 16 '16 at 9:34
  • 1
    There's no need to use generic their since your is already a kind of generic and it is already gender-neutral. That said, their would be used here by some native speakers, since you and your are not perfectly generic. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Nov 16 '16 at 13:10
2

Both of your sentences are understandable

But if you are a teenager who criticizes your parents for their lack of technological awareness, don't be too hard on them.

reason is obvious.

Your second sentence

But if you are a teenager who criticizes their parents for their lack of technological awareness, don't be too hard on them.

is really saying

But if you are one of those teenagers who criticizes their parents for their lack of technological awareness, don't be too hard on them.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.