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Reply Sat 14 May, 2016 10:49 am
Your team kept cool and were in control throughout the incident, working as a team with Dr Janil. Each knew their roles and stayed focused on the patient.

Should it be 'role' instead? Thanks.
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Reply Sat 14 May, 2016 11:29 am
@tanguatlay,
Tang, that depends. Usu we say "his role" but we can imagine a situation where each participant has more than one role, in which case it's "his roles," unless you're sensitive about "their" sex, in which case "his/her" role or roles

However "their" if often used precisely to avoid the problem so here we oft do use "their roles" convention
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Tes yeux noirs
 
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Reply Sat 14 May, 2016 11:40 am
If each person knows one role, then the non-gender 'their' takes the singular just as 'his' or 'her' would, so it would be 'role'.

dalehileman
 
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Reply Sat 14 May, 2016 12:06 pm
@Tes yeux noirs,
True Tes, gotcha, except of course....
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Tes yeux noirs
 
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Reply Sat 14 May, 2016 12:25 pm
Except of course what?
dalehileman
 
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Reply Sat 14 May, 2016 12:57 pm
@Tes yeux noirs,
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Except of course what?
When each participant has more'n one role

Forgive, Tes
Tes yeux noirs
 
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Reply Sat 14 May, 2016 02:39 pm
@dalehileman,
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When each participant has more'n one role

That is quite right.
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