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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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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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is it compulsory to use “his/her” and “he/she” to refer to a person or just “he” and “his” is enough? [duplicate]

Let see this sentence: a person needs to change his / her mind so that he /she can become good. or a person needs to change his mind so that he can become good is the second one incorrect? I've ...
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Can “a person” be considered a collective noun

If used in the sentence: "Once a person has become X their psychological state becomes Y." does the "a person" count as a class and thus make the use of the plural "their" correct?
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Use of “a user” as the antedecent of “they” [duplicate]

Is it correct to say "The list of reports a user will see may depend on the permissions group(s) they are in."? I have asked the writer to change the text to say "users" to match "they", but he is ...
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Pronouns and nouns [duplicate]

I am trying to understand why the provided sentence makes sense. I understand a grammar rule: the pronoun in the sentence should match the noun in the sentence. However, how can we use "they"...
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Why plural instead of singular? [duplicate]

I saw this sentence on the internet: Why should they want the voter to show their sticker? I am a little confused about it.
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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: Who__________?...
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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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How to use his/her about a general group of people [duplicate]

Is it customary to use his instead of her even if you refer only to women like in my example below. It is a comment to a woman from a woman, likely referring to only women. Shouldn't you say "her own ...
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their or his/her [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it correct to use “their” instead of “his or her”? Often I seen some write wrote "their" and some using "his/her". Which is correct? Everyone has ...

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