He replies, “We would go to my house where I would have strawberries dipped in a rare Belgian chocolate waiting for you. Then, you would slip them into my mouth seductively as I play Xbox all night long.”
You laugh nervously and then say, “Bachelor #2, the same question.”
He responds, “We would go to the beach where we would sip fine champagne, nibble on Brie, and watch the sunset. Then, we would dine at a quaint Italian restaurant overlooking the ocean. After dinner, I would take you to my favorite place, a place that is sacred to me—Haus of Live Nude Girls."
You decide that maybe you should switch to another question. You flip through your note cards and find this one : “Bachelor #3, If you could invite anyone to dinner, who would it be and what would you talk about?”
He replies, “I would invite my ex-girlfriend Rose. We would talk about why the #$%! she wasted five #*$!ing years of my life and then left me for that jackass, Ronaldo."
None of these bachelors seem like satisfying options, right?
That’s kind of how I feel about the options we have for completing the following sentence:
Each person has _____ own idea of what constitutes the perfect date.
Back in the day, we would use the word his because we defaulted to the masculine:
Each person has his own idea of what constitutes the perfect date.
But today, most people consider that sexist, which, in my opinion, it kind of is.
Technically, we should fill in the blank with his or her:
Each person has his or her own idea of what constitutes the perfect date.
But some people (myself included) feel that sometimes that sounds too awkward.
Consequently, more and more of us (myself included) tend to do this:
Each person has their own idea of what constitutes the perfect date.
However, technically, this is grammatically incorrect because each person is singular and their is plural.
Sometimes, I make the subject of my sentence plural so that I can use their:
People have their own ideas of what constitutes the perfect date.
There’s actually an interesting debate about this dilemma in the comments section of this Grammar Girl post.
And here's a hilarious post about a horrible first date. (It involves nose sex.)