Do some people care of or not happy of "a man" being used as "a person" in some sentence?

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    Do you care? I don't. Commented Jan 23, 2023 at 18:22
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    See Can "he" and "man" refer to all genders? Commented Jan 23, 2023 at 18:24
  • [So some people care whether etc.] care of makes no sense here. You can use mind: So some people mind when a man is used for a person?
    – Lambie
    Commented Jan 23, 2023 at 18:46
  • I am not clear whether the question is 'How many people will I annoy if I write 'a man' all the times when 'a person' is also correct?', or the reverse. Commented Jan 23, 2023 at 18:49
  • Or whether you use the word man while referring to both men and women. If that's the case, you may be sure that some people would mind. Man is sometimes used to refer to mankind, as in:: God created a beautiful world; man has despoiled it. While this passes for some, others would rephrase it. Commented Jan 23, 2023 at 19:52

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Quite a few people now object to the use of male forms as generic forms, including the use of "man" to mean person. Others do not. This was once very common in English us usage. it is now, I believe, considerably less common, but it does still occur.

A better answer would be possible with more specific context, including one or more actual example sentences.

  • It has fascinated me, as a native English speaker living in Portugal, to discover that if parents here have a daughter, they have a filha. If they have four daughters in a row, they have four filhas but if the fifth child is a boy, they have five filhos (boys, to mean chlldren**. In my experience, such language rules favouring the male gender irritate Portuguese women rather less than they might their sisters in the English-speaking world. Commented Jan 24, 2023 at 17:11

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