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Do you use the masculine or feminine with "victim"? [duplicate]

My mother tongue is Latin-based so I'm used to differences in male/female for neutral words. I don't know how this would work with some words in English. If the "victim" in a sentence is neutral (ie: ...
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Default gender for pronouns [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is using “he” for a gender-neutral third-person correct? I’m sure this is a duplicate, but I've heard that when the gender is unknown you are to use he instead of he or she. ...
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Generic he, correct or incorrect? [duplicate]

Completely ignoring the sexist aspect of the word, is using "he" as a gender neutral pronoun grammatically correct or incorrect? I'm well aware that using "he" may come off as sexist or politically ...
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Why do people use "he/she" than "they"? [duplicate]

I often see in particular Americans use the words "he/she" (also sometimes "he or she") as a gender-neutral pronoun. This is grammatically incorrect (the sentence "he/she" makes no grammatical sense)...
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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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Does "his" in this context refer only to men? [duplicate]

The Secretary-General shall bring to the attention of the Assembly any matter which in his opinion may affect the interests of the members. Does "his" in this sentence mean MEN or does it ...
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Why is there "a Romeo" but not "a Juliet"?

The expression 'a Romeo' is used to refer to: "a lover, passionate admirer, seducer of women," 1766, from the name of the hero in Shakespeare's tragedy "Romeo and Juliet" (1590s). From Etymonline ...
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Can "his/her" be replaced by "his"? [closed]

Yesterday, I asked this question on Web Apps: If a Facebook user dies, what happens to the account? Actually, I wanted to ask it this way: If a Facebook user dies, what happens to his/her ...
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Is using "she" when the gender is unknown ungrammatical? [duplicate]

I often come across the use of "she" not as an gender neutral pronoun as such but as the pronoun of choice when the gender is unknown. This is particularly common in scientific/technical documents but ...
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Are terms like "policeman" still gender-exclusive if they refer to one specific man?

I'm reading a news article about a male police officer and the author calls him a policeman. This word seems unsophisticated to me, but is it still sexist if it refers to a man?
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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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Does the concept of a generic masculine exist in the English Language? [closed]

In the German language, there is a grammatical rule that is called Generisches Maskulinum (English: generic masculine). It says that when you want to address a group that consists of people of both ...
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Which one of this is the correct use of "one" as a pronoun?

(a) When one reads the Hindi literature of the twentieth century, he finds a striking contrast between the writings of Munshi Premchand and later day writers of popular Hindi fiction. (b) When ...
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Using "he" or "she" for an animal not a person?

Is it possible to use the personal pronoun subject he or she for a nonhuman animal according to their sex? One of my friends said that there is a possibility of using it for animals. My concern is ...
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Genders for arbitrary occupations [duplicate]

Let's say I have a sentence similar to When a scientist publishes results, she must be careful to not enter the incorrect data. However, I am confused as to what I should use in place of the "she"...
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