I found a teacher mix used third person singular and pronoun.

A simpler way to understand this is basically to receive an action. Okay? So when somebody gets punished, it means that someone else punishes them. It is used as a passive, but many people use "get" instead of "be".

where somebody obviously refers to a single person, so the use of "gets" makes sense, and then that teacher used a plural pronoun "them", does not match the former part. I guess that's because the teacher was trying to use a easier way to say he or she.

Is my understanding right? Is there a better solution?

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    They/them is not only plural, it can also be used as singular in some cases, particularly when speaking of a hypothetical person. See Singular they (Wikipedia) – Justin Mar 9 at 12:36
  • @Justin Thank you so much. So, it is grammatical to say that, "someone gets beaten, so they get angry", right? – WXJ96163 Mar 9 at 12:45
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    Not just because it is easier, but also as a gender-neutral singular pronoun. – Weather Vane Mar 9 at 13:11
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    @WeatherVane Thank you. So, it is grammatical to say that, "an English teacher starts their lesson with ...", right? – WXJ96163 Mar 9 at 13:33
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    That is correct, the use is similar to the singular/plural you. Or, it might be phrased as "an English teacher starts the lesson with ..." – Weather Vane Mar 9 at 13:34

This is used when you want to talk about a general and hypothetical situation that doesn't involve a specific person or gender . The sentence starts with the singular form (usually using "somebody") and ends in the plural using "them" because you're referring to a group of people who exist somewhere.

examples :

1)when somebody is kind to you , you can't help but be kind to them.

2)talking to somebody on the phone is totally different than meeting them.

3)If somebody says something you don't agree with , don't argue with them.

4)Just because you like somebody , it doesn't mean you have to spend all your day with them.

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