Woods wrote:How common is 2nd person singular as a generalisation in English?
Woods wrote:The second option sounds kind of formal, doesn't it?
Woods wrote:Is the first one the most natural way to say it?
Woods wrote:Really? It's my default in every context - is it that bad?
Dormouse559 wrote:In your example sentence, I also think "one" should be used both times because it's jarring to suddenly switch the pronoun you use for a single referent.
Dormouse559 wrote:"Bad" is a strong word. The language is headed toward singular they as a universally accepted usage, so it might not be long until you can "they" as you please. But for now, in a lot of formal situations, it is still considered an error.
Woods wrote:So what's the alternative?
Woods wrote:where is the limit between formal and informal contexts, i.e. from where on should I go he or she instead of they?
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