This phrase seems grammatically speaking incorrect.

The Mosaic symbolism is very significant, because from it Freemasonry has derived and transmitted for its own uses many of the most precious treassures.

I think in any case it should be "for their own uses", it seems there is no number agreement and it should be such thing.

  • Why do you think it should be "their"? Where's the plural noun?
    – gotube
    Sep 13, 2022 at 20:38
  • I think the author could've said "for its own use" I am a native Spanish speaker and in my language it sounds really weird, now I can understand why in English it is correct.
    – Quique
    Sep 14, 2022 at 4:43
  • But in the question you said it should be "for their own uses". Which is it?
    – gotube
    Sep 14, 2022 at 4:47
  • I suggested that phrase as the author is saying "uses" a plural noun. So for the agreement I suggested their which is wrong. I think he doesn't need to use the plural as he could've used the singular conveying almost the same meaning.
    – Quique
    Sep 14, 2022 at 4:49
  • There are many uses though, not just one
    – gotube
    Sep 14, 2022 at 5:58

2 Answers 2


"Freemasonry" is singular, and "it" refers to this singular noun.

"For" is a preposition, and here it indicates a purpose. The purpose given is freemasonry's own uses. That is, the purpose of the Mosaic symbolism is for freemasonry's use, and not to benefit some other organisation.


No, the subject is “Freemasonry,” a singular noun, with a singular verb, “has,” and so “its” is grammatically consistent. In fact, there is no plural noun preceding “its.”

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