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Is there a correct gender-neutral singular pronoun (“his” vs. “her” vs. “their”)?

Is there a pronoun I can use as a gender-neutral pronoun when referring back to a singular noun phrase? Each student should save his questions until the end. Each student should save her ...
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Use of singular and plural in the same sentence [duplicate]

Is the following expression correct? "A person is food insecure when they lack regular access to food"
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How should I transform “Jane has just broken her leg” into a question starting with “Who” and whose answer is “Jane”? [duplicate]

How should I transform this sentence into a question? Jane has just broken her leg. How do I form a question from that sentence so that it starts with who and whose answer is Jane? Q: ...
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how to ignore gender nicely in english? can i make the sentence plural? [duplicate]

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 ...
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Is there anything wrong with “he or she could eventually change if they wished to?” [closed]

In my book, I have the following sentence that - for some reason - sounds incorrect. I feel like there is something wrong with the "he or she ... they." I don't think that I should change from "he or ...
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it's/his/her vs. their in singular [duplicate]

An expression below embarrasses me. Why not "it's" but "their" litter? a cat can use their litter box. in the context we are talking about a few cats, but in this, specific, example we speak ...
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Help understanding errors from English exam in Cyprus

I had the following questions on an exam: SECTION 1: GENERAL ERRORS The following sentences contain ONE grammatical or vocabulary error that has been underlined. Briefly explain why it is an ...
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If you can't use “he”, “she” or “they” in a sentence, what do you use? [duplicate]

I was waiting for a plane to take off last week, when we had to taxi back to the terminal building to disembark a sick passenger. We weren't told whether the passenger was male or female. I was ...
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it's vs their (country) [duplicate]

What is correct? Australia constantly improves its roads. Australia constantly improve their roads. Australia constantly improves their roads. Thank you!
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Need to clarify use of “its” and “their”

I am having a debate at work regarding the correct choice: No investor has ever lost its capital. or No investor has ever lost their capital. It seems to sound awkward to say "its capital" as ...
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What are your favorite English language tools? [closed]

To prevent myself from asking an obvious, silly question multiple times: What are the English language tools you found most useful? I found Corpus Concordance English extremely useful for looking up ...
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Use of “their” with proper nouns [duplicate]

I'm writing content with dynamic names, e.g. "Alice" or "Bill" may be substituted in place of (name). Without knowing the gender of the name, what is the best way to reference the individual? Using "...
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Do any style guides advocate the alternating use of “he” and “she” as a gender-neutral pronoun?

I don't like the options that are usually given in the "gender-neutral pronoun" debate. The singular they offends my prescriptivist sensibilities. His/her constructions are clunky and look terrible. ...
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How wide is singular “they” being used? [duplicate]

One might want to use a generic pronoun, that doesn't specify the gender of the person. Although "he" can be used in such case, they decide that "he" still reflect the history time when male was ...
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Why can't I use “their” here? [duplicate]

I often see sentences like We are interested in predicting whether an individual will default on his or her credit card or Activate only when your opponent adds a card to his or her ...

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