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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.

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  • 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

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"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.

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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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