I have a quick question about writing, /lit/.
So I was recently corrected by an instructor on the use of the pronouns "one" with "they". It was stated "one" cannot be used with anything but "one" as it would be considered a pronoun disagreement.
"One can do as they wish."
As opposed to:
"One can do as one wishes."
I understand "one" shouldn't be used with pronouns such as "he, him, her, she", but thought it was acceptable to use it with "they" and "their" because they were also neutral.
Am I wrong on this? Is using "one" with "they, their" still acceptable in less formal writing?
"One may do as they wish" can refer to 'one' doing something some other people want him to do
"One can do as one wishes" means that 'one' is doing what that same 'one' wants, so it's better to use that and more correct
>One can do as they wish
Technically, if you're referring to one person throughout the sentence, this is improper grammar because using "they" to refer to one person isn't correct, you actually have to say "his or her"
It's a fucking stupid rule that needs to be changed, the English language doesn't have a gender neutral pronoun even though there are many situations that call for it.
It's just a conflict of dialects. Using "one" as a pronoun is very academic; using "they" as a singular pronoun isn't. You're not a the level where you can mix dialects, so I'd reccommend Using "one/one" as in "One should never attempt to eat one's cake and have it too" or using "one/his" (my preferred option) as in "One should never attempt to eat his cake and have it too". The Feminists will throw a shit-fit for assuming masculinity in a neutral pronoun, but that's just a bonus.
Depends on the narrative and the class. If you're writing a formal (or really any) paper in an English class, I'd suggest against using [one] with anything other than itself. In a class where you have to write a paper that isn't pure English however, such as History or Political Science, they probably won't catch it or care enough about it to recognize it.
If I wanted to do practical writing, I'd be going back to university to do STEM again.
Perfect grammar is for Latin--a formal language that I am learning as a formal language. I see little reason to hold-back my mother tongue when the language itself is not suited to be so gray.