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why is this possible to replace:
someone removed his/her with
someone removed their
can I also change:
The user clicks on the button. He/She then sees.. with
The user clicks on the button. They then sees..
or how would you ignore gender more elegantly?
asked Nov 6, 2018 at 8:41
This called a singular they and its use is common
It remains syntactically plural though semantically singular, so you would need to end with "They then see ..." - see the discussion in Why isn’t singular ‘they’ used with 3Sg verb forms?
There are many alternatives, including "The user clicks on the button and then sees ..."
answered Nov 6, 2018 at 9:19
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