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Questions tagged [singular-they]

Questions about the use of “they”, “them”, “their”, “themself”, or “themselves” to refer to a singular animate antecedent of unspecified gender.

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Singular “they” in 1954

During the June 13, 1954, episode of American television's What's My Line, the panel was blindfolded and had to identify the guests, Les Paul and Mary Ford, by asking a series of questions that the ...
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Can the epicene personal pronoun be used regardless of semantic gender of the word?

Can the epicene personal pronoun be used regardless of semantic gender of the word? In other words, for any word with semantic gender (i.e. lion, lioness, boy, girl, man, woman, cow, bull, regardless ...
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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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Should an antecedent of “everyone” take “their” or “his” or “our” as its corresponding possessive pronoun? [duplicate]

I am still confused about how to use the word everyone. I have this sentence on a test: Everyone wants to do their part. Everyone wants to do his part. Everyone wants to do our part. ...
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Doesn't and Their [duplicate]

'Everyone who doesn't cook their food' Is it correct? If it's correct then can you explain why do we use doesn't but the possessive pronoun is Their?
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over a wide range of temperature or temperatures

I am confused with singular and plural words sometimes. For example as the title, I should use over a wide range of temperature or over a wide range of temperatures. One sentence example is This ...
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What possessive is used when “everybody” is the antecedent? [duplicate]

Is this sentence right? Everybody is wasting his time. Is his or its the possessive of everybody? Most people use his but in my opinion it should be its: Everybody is wasting its time. I ...
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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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What does it mean “pay at the bookshop”? [closed]

I found “pay at the bookshop” in my conversation worksheet. I don't understand this so I don't know what should I complete the blank. What does it mean? Summer holiday A: Are you going away ...
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Should you use “it” or “they” when referencing a group of people? [duplicate]

Should you use it or they when referencing a group of people? Here is the example sentence: A group of students was walking on the road when a truck hit them/it and it/they was/were immediately ...
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Singular they for an organization, company, country

Sometimes I stumble upon singular "they" when referring not to a person, but an organization, such as a company or a country, for instance: Company A is doing well: their shares doubled in price ...
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Were or was, the majority of people concerned? [duplicate]

I have checked the possible duplicates which flagged up on this and I have attempted research with no conclusion. ELU is my final port of call. I wrote, on another forum of Stack Exchange : 'the ...
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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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Can it ever be acceptable to use singular “they” with a specific referent of known but undisclosed gender?

I am not sure whether these two examples using singular they to refer to a specific, singular referent are acceptable in educated speech: I had a friend in Paris, and they had to visit the doctor for ...
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correct pronoun to use with “person” [duplicate]

I was wondering what would be the right pronoun to use in this sentence: a person sees something that ... really likes he, they, s/he ?
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Each of the girls in Mark's shop spent “their” or “her” money buying cakes

Can you please tell me if we would use their or her as a possessive pronoun in this sentence? Each of the girls in Mark's shop spent their money buying cakes. Each of the girls in Mark's shop spent ...
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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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Correct pronoun for “baby” [duplicate]

Stumbled along the use of the feminine pronoun for "baby". Previously, I've used it and singular they when the sex of the baby is unknown. Is it correct to use the feminine pronoun (she) for "baby" ...
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Is using They,Their and Them acceptable in research paper or thesis? [duplicate]

I argued with my I.T. teacher who is also our research adviser because as far as my knowledge is concerned I insisted that using they, them and their is acceptable based on APA style. She prohibited ...
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Gender neutral singular “they” in the first person singular [duplicate]

Can I use they in the following fashion when referring to oneself? [Name] is a Web Developer at [company Name]. They holds a B.S. in Computer Science. The emphasis here is when one tries to refer ...
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Subject-verb agreement when using singular they? [duplicate]

This is NOT a question about whether they/them is acceptable as a singular pronoun. I know some of you will have to die before you give that argument a rest, but I am starting here with the ...
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Does/do any group want to give their presentation?

1.Does any group want to give their presentation? The above sentence looks grammatically correct to me. However, I am confused between the use of do and does here. (The presence of "their" and "any ...
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“They're using a cell phone” vs. “They're using cell phones”

The usage of singular and plural has always been confusing for me. I often see sentences like these People are using cell phones. People are using a cell phone. Does the first sentence ...
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Referring to an author of an academic paper whose gender is unkown [duplicate]

Suppose you are writing an academic paper. When referring to an author of a paper whose gender is unknown, what pronoun should you use? "He", "she", "he/she", "they", etc? Maybe you think this is a ...
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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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'They' being used in the singular form [duplicate]

I am from Denmark and my English teacher insists on 'they' being grammatically incorrect when it is used in a singular sense (their hand reached...) No matter what I tell her she is convinced it's ...
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Singular they with ‘known as’

I want to use singular they with the phrase known as. I am not sure if the appellation following known as should be in the singular or plural. Which of the following is correct? After completing the ...
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Send an invitation and let the user create their own password [duplicate]

Send an invitation and let the user create their own password In this sentence user is singular, and their is plural. So I am confused whether this sentence is correct or not. Is this sentence ...
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Can “themselves” be singular? [duplicate]

(This is probably a duplicate, but I couldn't find what I was looking for through search.) Say for example you have the sentence: He is referring to himself. You can replace "he" with "they" (...
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TOEFL gerund vs infinitive question [closed]

While doing my TOEFL prep I encountered the following statement where I am asked to find which of the bold words is being used wrongly in the sentence: If one has a special medical condition such ...
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Stack Exchange profile: “This user prefers to keep an air of mystery about them” [duplicate]

When a user does not fill his "about me" section in his profile, the following sentence appears: Apparently, this user prefers to keep an air of mystery about them. To my knowledge (which are ...
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How is 's/he' pronounced? Do we say 'She or he should …“ or ”He or she should …"? [closed]

How is 's/he' pronounced? Do we say 'She or he should ..." or "He or she should ..."? Ex.: When a person applies for a job, s/he should always bring a resume.
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What might this example teach us about singular “they”?

I just now encountered the following sentence in a student paper: Any new parents that have adopted a child of a different race generally embrace their biological parents[’] race. Having ...
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subject-verb agreement for singular they [duplicate]

The singular-they is becoming trendy*, and I'm curious about conjugating the verbs for this pronoun. For example, instead of "Jim is over there," is it correct to say "They are over there," or "They ...
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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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“Themselves” or “Themself” in a singular context? [duplicate]

I have the following sentence: In order to read the remainder of this book, the reader is advised to familiarize themselves with the concepts contained within this Chapter. I want to put: In ...
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What would be the best way to explain “there, they're and their”? [closed]

I was wondering what the best way to explain the difference and how to use the words "they're, their and there" properly because I always get them mixed up.
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The hidden flaw in “singular they”—what to do about reflexive pronouns?

We have a highly regarded answer by nohat to a question about gender-neutral pronouns, in which he points to the "singular they" and its long history of use in English. (Note that he also advises ...
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Why isn’t singular ‘they’ used with 3Sg verb forms?

There are many (duplicate) questions about the acceptance, popularity and history of singular they (and their, them and themself) around here, it even got a tag of its own. If I didn’t miss anything, ...
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Can “a person” be used as plural? [duplicate]

Is it acceptable to write: A person can develop their talent. or a person can develop their uniqueness? In this case the person is used as a general term, not a specific person.
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Correcting the usage of singular “they” and “their”

NB This is not a question on how to use the said terms. This is not a question on what the said term mean. It might just seems like so. Starting with the following sentences. It's insulting that ...
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What does “themself” mean? [closed]

My English teacher explained about themself and themselves. I don't really quite understand though.
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Is the sentence “ask any doctor — they'll all tell you that alcohol is a poison” grammatically correct? [duplicate]

I am not a native speaker and I find the following sentence pretty confusing. Ask any doctor — they'll all tell you that alcohol is a poison. Here the speaker is referring to any doctor. Why is ...
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Should a noun following “singular they” be singular or plural?

I've understood how to use singular they on a single sentence, but the problem comes with articulated sentences like this one: If a person lies to you this way, they are probably thieves. My ...
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Singular they: Is it proper? [duplicate]

In one of my answers here, I used the singular they: When someone orders a rouge, they mean red wine which in French translates to le vin rouge. My question is, is it right for me to use they? Or ...
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Correct pronoun: 'his' or 'their'? [duplicate]

I would like to know whether his or their is the correct pronoun to be used in the following sentence: Neither she nor he has finished ....... work. In my opinion it should be their but some ...
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Using “they” for single person [duplicate]

I have encountered some people using pronoun "they" when referring to a single person, such in this example: Even if the cyclist is 100% at fault (I don't think they are), leaving the scene of an ...
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Noun pronoun agreement [duplicate]

Is it now considered appropriate to use plural pronouns to replace singular nouns in order to avoid gender issues?
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Should I refer to “one” as “him/her/them”, when the subject is not specified? [duplicate]

I'm writing a formal document, translating it to English, and I need to now how to say this sentence properly: " It allows one to have a voice and endows them with a power that was (...)" I used "...