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Jan 6 2017   3:32PM GMT

Their or its

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

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two-factor-authenticationThe credit union website uses two-factor authentication to protect _____ members.
a. their
b. its
Which is correct?

ANSWER: b

The credit union is a singular entity, so use the singular pronoun “it.”

 

 

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  • T33man
    ...a pleasant quick brush up on grammar skills.
    I got it right by the way. Yes! definitely more of this stuff please.
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  • Kaitlin Herbert
    Thanks for commenting! Glad you find it helpful!
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  • sridharneelakantaatgmailcom
    Is it not that even "their" is correct, Margaret?  When we use "their" we mean the "multiple members of the union" in plural. And when we use "its" we mean the Union as a whole, single entity. Is this not similar to "The red team wins the match" and "The red team win the match", both of which are correct??   
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