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I wanted to talk to a bunch of people, asking them to share their opinions. I wanted to say:

Can everyone give us (their/your) takes on this?

So, I'm not sure whether I should use "their" or "your".

Supposing that this sentence is true:

Everyone, please give us your takes.

"their" seems to be the wrong one to use.

Does it differ if we're talking to everyone and talking about everyone?

E.g.:

I asked everyone to give us their opinions.

&

Hey everyone, give us your takes!

So, in my first sentence, what should I use?

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    Note the different person between "Tom, please give me your phone" and "Can Tom give me his/their phone?". The comparison you are striking doesn't work because these sentences are written in a different person. One is talking to Tom, one isn't. The same applies to "everyone".
    – Flater
    Commented Dec 14, 2021 at 15:54
  • @Flater Got it! Thanks for the answer!
    – JOUA
    Commented Dec 14, 2021 at 18:52

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I would ask everyone, as group, for their individual take by saying,

Can everyone give me their take on this.

That is a very common way to request takes. Each person will be expected to have a take. You are asking each person for their individual take.

If you say, ...give me their takes... it sounds like you expect individuals to have more than one take each.

As to using your or their take when addressing a crowd, you will be fine using either. I might be more likely to say their with the purpose of it sounding more formal than your but I think it really depends on the speaker's relationship to the crowd. The difference is unlikely to be noticed by the crowd.

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    @JOUA Some idiomatic formations just don't switch very well between plural and singular. "Give me your take" is totally idiomatic, but for some reason you just don't talk about "takes" to a group. Maybe if focusing on a collection of individual "takes" ("Mary and I talked to Bob and we both gave him our takes on..."), but not the way the question proposes. Also, note, adding "on this" will help clarify the idiomatic usage. Commented Dec 13, 2021 at 22:11
  • @AndyBonner Thanks for letting me know about that. I understand that it would probably sound weird to a person that doesn't know there's been, for example a discussion before the sentence that we want the takes on it. I'll surely use on sth to clarify what I mean. Also, if we all know what we're talking about, wouldn't it be okay to not mention the on sth part?
    – JOUA
    Commented Dec 13, 2021 at 23:54
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    This does not appear to answer the question. The question is whether it's "your" or their", not if it's "take" or "takes".
    – Kreiri
    Commented Dec 14, 2021 at 11:38
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    You could improve your answer to cover the "Does it differ if we're talking to everyone and talking about everyone?" part as well (although this might have been added after you answered). And the answer is, I am sure you know, yes. Talking about a group remains a group "I will ask them to give me their takes on this." vs the talking to a group of individuals you ask each in turn to do something with a "your".
    – TafT
    Commented Dec 14, 2021 at 14:19
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    @JOUA both your examples would sound natural to my ear.
    – TafT
    Commented Dec 15, 2021 at 13:12
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Either

Can everyone give us their take on this?

or

Everyone , can you give us your take on this?

is okay.

I think

Can everyone give us your take on this?

sounds odd because it is mixing second and third person. But it is a minor thing and probably would go unnoticed by most people.

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