“A dad” does not = THEM!

I hope all the fathers out there were appropriately honored and thanked yesterday.  The "Birmingham Bargain Mom" had a column in yesterday's local newspaper about how to treat Dads inexpensively at home.

Her opening paragraph offers an opportunity for me to remind readers about pronoun/antecedent agreement.  More simply put, if you refer to ONE person, do not use the pronoun THEY or THEM to refer back to that one person:

Are you honoring a stay-at-home dad today? Here are some ways to make them feel extra special and show your appreciation without spending a lot of cash.

 

"A STAY-AT-HOME DAD" refers to one person. Therefore, the reference back to that one person in the next sentence should be HIM. The sentence should read this way:

Are you honoring a stay-at-home dad today? Here are some ways to make him feel extra special and show your appreciation without spending a lot of cash.


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