When ‘their lives’ are redundant

A gap year allows participants to find passion in their life.

It’s best to avoid this phrase altogether. First of all it’s redundant, and secondly it’s easy to introduce error. I know my own students always write ‘their’ (plural) ‘life’ (singular).

The following are possible:

  • A gap year allows participants to find passion.
  • A gap year allows participants to find passion in their lives.

Once again, the first of these examples is preferable – we know that you’re talking about the participants’ lives and not the lives of cats and dogs!

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