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Is there a gender neutral third person pronoun in English? Say I wanted to tell someone to "forward the email to him/her". Is there a word to replace "him/her" if the gender is unknown? Perhaps "them"?

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  • "Them " would be correct. – V.V. Aug 3 '17 at 14:22
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There have been proposals for various gender-neutral pronouns put forward from time to time, but "they/them" has become the de facto standard gender-neutral pronoun. It can be used if the gender is unknown ("Each person should give their best"), if the gender wants to be kept undisclosed ("I have a meeting after work and I'm meeting them at the bar"), etc.

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